Alvin Singleton's Through It All in World Premiere by Imani Winds

February 13, 2008

This month Alvin Singleton's new work Through It All for wind quintet is given its world premiere performance by the Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia. The premiere performance comes as the culmination of a two day residency in which Singleton collaborates with the ensemble for an in-school performance at Fayette County High School and a master class at Spivey Hall for composition students in Clayton State University's Department of Music. Singleton remarks on writing Through It All for Imani Winds:

Imani Winds is such an exciting group, I got excited just from the idea of composing a new piece for them. They play well as an ensemble and individually as soloists, and my composition Through It All takes advantage of these attributes. There are solo opportunities for all five instruments, as well as duo, trio, quartet, and tutti combinations. What a fun experience it was to work with them

Through It All, Singleton's second work scored for wind quintet, is commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation and Spivey Hall in honor of the tenth anniversary of Imani Winds. The world premiere of Through it All by Imani Winds at Spivey Hall takes place on Friday, February 8 at 8:15 PM.

In December the Atlanta Journal Constitution declared Alvin Singleton's Sing to the Sun, a collection of Singleton's distinguished chamber works "Best Local CD of 2007, Classical." The paper named Singleton as Atlanta's most inspired composer and described the composer's musical style "at turns spare, serene, violent, haunting, sometimes wrenching, and always elegant."

Singleton was also recently awarded the Aaron Copland Bogliasco Fellowship in Music by the Bogliasco Foundation for which the composer will serve as composer-in-residence at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities. While there he will be composing a newly commissioned work for chorus and chamber orchestra based on an original text by poet and librettist Patricia Hampl. The piece will celebrate the 100th anniversary and re-dedication of the Fort Greene Park Martyr's Monument in Brooklyn - called by historian David McCullough one of the most sacred Revolutionary War memorial sites in the country. Singleton's residency takes place on April 19 through May 20, 2008 in Bogliasco (Genova), ITALY.

Sing to the Sun can be purchased through Albany Records at

Alvin Singleton
Through it All (2008) bsn
ca. 14'30'