2017 – 2018
We proudly present five concerts of the highest quality, featuring internationally renowned artists from around the world, in intimate spaces ideally suited for chamber music: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall at Iowa State University, the Ames City Auditorium and the First United Methodist Church. Additionally, our artists often interact with the larger community through various outreach events for school children, university students, senior citizens, and others.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ames City Auditorium, 6th Street, between Clark and Grand
ENSEMBLE 4.1 – “Piano Windtet”
Founded in Germany in 2013, Ensemble 4.1 has since crisscrossed the globe in concerts including China, Turkey, Pakistan, Algeria and Denmark. Pianist Thomas Hoppe of the ATOS Trio (Town & Gown 2008) founded the ensemble with four wind players (clarinet, oboe, bassoon and French horn) from among Germany’s finest symphonic and chamber music ensembles. They will perform rarely heard works of Mozart and Beethoven, as well as newer pieces by outstanding contemporary composers Avner Dorman, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, and Hans Stähli .
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, Iowa State University
BIN HUANG, violin – FRANK LEVY, piano
At age 14, violinist Bin Huang shared first prize in the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition with Maxim Vengerov. Since then, she has won the Paganini International Competition as well as the Munich (ARD) Competition. Her musical education, begun in her native China, led Ms. Huang to the Peabody and Eastman conservatories; she currently serves on the faculty of Eastman as well as the Shanghai Conservatory.
Pianist Frank Levy’s life and career have brought him from childhood in Switzerland to studies with Leon Fleisher at Peabody and Emanuel Ax at Juilliard, and on to a very active solo, chamber music, and teaching career including performances at Avery Fisher Hall, the Marlboro and Mostly Mozart festivals, and many more. The program includes works of Beethoven, Brahms, and Paganini.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 6th and Kellogg
THE DOVER STRING QUARTET
“The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet —they’re that good” (Chicago Tribune). Such unabashed acclaim has followed their performances throughout the world — as many as 120 in a single season. The four members of the Quartet (Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello) all studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In 2013 they swept the awards at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and catapulted to international prominence. That same year, they were named the first quartet-in-residence at Curtis. Quartets by Haydn, Borodin, and Mendelssohn will be performed in the beautiful sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Ames.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames
28th ANNUAL TOWN & GOWN MUSICALE
The sparkling collage of chamber music and song, followed by a sumptuous buffet, is an eagerly anticipated tradition, and our most important fundraising event.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ames City Auditorium, 6th & Clark
The Arianna String Quartet & Amara Piano Quartet
For this special collaboration, Iowa State University’s resident Amara Piano Quartet will join one of the country’s most esteemed string quartets, the Arianna Quartet (winners of the Fischoff and Coleman competitions and currently resident ensemble at the University of Missouri, St. Louis). The creative programming inspired by such a joint venture will include Tchaikovsky’s Souvenirs de Florence, as well as a string quartet and piano quintet.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ames City Auditorium, 6th & Clark
THE WALDEN CHAMBER PLAYERS, featuring TESSA LARK, violin/fiddle
Gabriella Diaz, violin
Bob Frederick, banjo
Christof Huebner, viola
Ashima Scripp, cello
In one fascinating concert, the modern string quartet adapts itself (and expands) for a trip through America’s musical heritage: Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes . . . the iconoclastic work of New England’s maverick composer Charles Ives . . . and the Creole rhythms of New Orleans (Wynton Marsalis). The featured violinist, Tessa Lark, is one of today’s most fascinating and versatile artists.
Ms. Lark effortlessly crosses the boundaries of classical and country music, having won first prize in the Naumburg International Violin Competition but also enjoying an enormous reputation as a bluegrass performer, appearing and recording with renowned fiddler Mark O’Connor..