2017 – 2018

the 68th SEASON

Ames Town & Gown proudly presents 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 .

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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.

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Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 6th and Kellogg


“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.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames


Celebrating great music and musicians, fine food and friendship.

Join us for the sparkling collage of chamber music and song, followed by a sumptuous buffet of sweets and savories. Our musical is an eagerly anticipated tradition, and our most important fundraising event.

Note different starting time. Not included in season ticket package. 

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, Iowa State University


Jesse Blumberg’s varied operatic and recital performances in this country and Europe have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera and Bernstein’s MASS in London. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Five Burroughs Festival, bringing chamber music to every corner of New York City. – Dubbed “the gold standard among accompanists” (New York Times), Martin Katz has perfromed with such vocal luminaries as Marilyn Horne, Cecilia Bartoli, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, and Jose Carreras. He has also trained many of the younger pianests active today and coached innumerable singers in his capacity as chair of collaboratorive piano for more than 30 years at the University of Michigan Schol of Music.

In addition to their performance of Schubert’s iconic masterwork, Die schone Mullerin, Mr. Blumberg and Mr. Katz will also present a master class with ISU vocal students.

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Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, ISU Campus

VADYM KHOLODENKO, solo piano, gold-medal winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

A native of Ukraine, pianist Vadym Kholeodenko first toured the United State, China, and European countries at the age of 13, and as hearalded gold-medal winner of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, he continues to perform worldwide. Last season alone, he performed concertos and solor recitals in England, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, and Netherlands, Malaysia, China, and Japan. A current recording project due to be complete this year includes all five Prokofiev piano concertos. For his Town & Gown concert, Mr. Kholodenko offers an evening of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, and Prokofiev.

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