Production “Fallen Petals of Nameless Flowers” highlights stories of former juvenile lifers

Those involved with the production explain the inspiration behind the new chamber music work.

The world premiere of the production “Fallen Petals of Nameless Flowers,” performed by the American wind quintet, Imani Winds, will be playing April 9 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Michigan. The show, which is commissioned by the Detroit Chamber Music, tells the stories of four Michiganders who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles.

“My interest is only in providing hope for people who would otherwise be experiencing hopelessness.” — Bryan Jones, Detroit Chamber Music

Listen: Telling the stories of former juvenile lifers through music.



Jeff Scott is a composer, hornist and associate professor of horn at Oberlin College & Conservatory. He wrote the music for the production April 9, and founded Imani Winds.

Scott says chamber music typically includes 12 musicians or less and often goes without a conductor.

“Chamber music is really for small ensembles,” says Scott.

Bryan Jones is a community engagement manager for Detroit Chamber Music. Jones says he collected stories of former juvenile lifers to highlight the challenges that incarcerated people deal with.

“My interest is only in providing hope for people who would otherwise be experiencing hopelessness,” Jones says.

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