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Chamber Music Northwest artists-in-residence; Imani Winds, set for 3 Portland shows / Oregon ArtsWatch

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Classical music has a diversity problem. So it marked a turning point when the Portland classical music presenter Chamber Music Northwest announced that its next annual artists-in-residence - following the 2015-16 tenure of the storied Emerson Quartet, composed entirely of older white men - would be Imani Winds, a younger, equally talented and until recently, entirely black ensemble.

Bassoonist Monica Ellis, hornist /composer Jeff Scott, flutist/composer Valerie Coleman, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz and clarinetist Mark Dover delighted audiences at last summer's annual summer festival. They're also in town this week for a series of concerts, dance performances and educational and outreach programs, and will return to this summer's Chamber Music Northwest festival.

Chamber Music Northwest presents Imani Winds on Wednesday-Thursday, April 18-19: "Under the Stars," Kendall Planetarium, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. On Monday, April 23: Walters Cultural Arts Center, and on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 24-25: "The Wind and the Wild," with BodyVox, Revolution Hall

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