Why don’t we hear more music by women? Who better to answer the question than a quintet founded by a woman. For more than two decades, Imani Winds, founded by the composer and flutist Valerie Coleman, has been unfolding different perspectives in its concerts, juxtaposing Bach with John Coltrane, playing Stravinsky and Jason Moran, riding a lonely path as one of the few ensembles made up of musicians of color in a very white field. But in the classical music world, being a woman is even harder than being black — so, at least, thought Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, two major 20th-century composers who happened to be both.

“A Woman’s Perspective” is the title of Imani Winds’s program at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Friday. It features pieces by composers you should have heard of — including Ruth Crawford Seeger, a major voice of American modernism who after her marriage saw her work fall into neglect, and Coleman herself.

Other works include “The Light is the Same” by Reena Esmail, a composer who has merged East Indian components with Western classical music in her works; and “Fractured Fossil” by the Baltimore-based violinist and composer Ledah Finck. The only work by a man on the program is by the 20th-century modernist Elliott Carter — and his “Quintet for Winds” was dedicated to another formidable female composer and teacher, Nadia Boulanger.

Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr., College Park. theclariceumd.edu. $25; $10 for students.

Imani Winds will also perform a free family concert on Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville.

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