Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer

“...The group — not Philadelphia-based, but a frequent visitor here — arrived in a state of transition. Founding flutist Valerie Coleman was represented with a performance of her Tzigane, but is no longer playing with the quintet. Her successor, Brandon Patrick George, is a knockout musician with a gorgeous sound. He should fit in beautifully. One of the qualities of this ensemble is its incredible virtuosity — heard in the extended solo George had in Coleman’s Tzigane...”

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Imani has been commissioning new work for 12 years, with a focus on composers of color and, more recently, female composers of color. Each member — flutist Brandon Patrick George, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz (a Washington native), clarinetist Mark Dover, French hornist Jeff Scott and bassoonist Monica Ellis — is a virtuoso.”

The New York Times

The New York Times

“Tucked between these portraits was a poignant movement dedicated to the mothers walking in the caravan of migrants headed for the American border. A solo flute (the elegant Brandon Patrick George) wove echoes of Brahms’s classic Lullaby into a series of increasingly agitated flourishes. The music spoke of both tenderness and terror.”