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April 20, 2024


Anthem is a presentation of works by composers who celebrate diverse heritages. Composer and flutist, Valerie Coleman, wrote Umoja as an exploration into the meaning of freedom and unity - an anthem that, “celebrated the diverse heritages of the [Imani Winds]”. Bernstein noted West Side Story is a work in which “prejudice will be the theme.…It will not be a feud of aristocrats that keeps the lovers apart, but rather the prejudice of their Jewish and Italian families. The music will be serious music. Serious yet simple enough for all people to understand.”


Valerie Coleman • Umoja: Anthem of Unity

2024 Young Musician Competition Winner

Bernstein • Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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