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ProMusica Joplin To Launch 44th Season on Thursday

The Imani Winds
The Imani Winds

PMJ’s first concert of the 2023-2024 season will be held at First Community Church in Joplin, while the remaining four performances at the Cornell Complex.

Later this week, the 44th season of ProMusica Joplin will launch.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

This year, the classical music-focused non-profit welcomes five groups to southwest Missouri, three this year and two in 2024.

A two-time Grammy award-winning group, the Imani Winds will be the first performance of the season, this Thursday at 7 pm at First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St in Joplin.

The Imani Winds have played together for 26 years and have released 15 albums.

Executive Director of ProMusica Joplin Emelyn Johnson is excited to welcome back the Imani Winds to Joplin.

“They are a super dynamic wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and french horn. They play the classics of the wind quintet repertoire and they also commission a lot of new pieces with some of the most exciting composers working today.”

The Imani Winds were nominated for one of their two Grammy’s just last year for their 9th studio album titled ‘Bruits’ in the “Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance” category.

Following the Imani Winds this Thursday will be the Neave Trio on October 12 and the Castalian Quartet on November 5 and two more performances scheduled for February and March 2024.

ProMusica Joplin concerts are free and open to the public, donations are also accepted at the performances.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.