2018 – 2019

the 69th 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 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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Students K-12 are free at door, University students free with ID as room permits.

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue

The Telegraph Quartet

Sponsored jointly by Ames Town & Gown and the Iowa State Center, with support from the Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute

The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “powerfully adept…with a combination of brilliance and subtlety…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape.” The quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the members of the quartet perform worldwide and currently serve on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Quartet-in-Residence.


  • Mozart Quartet in D Major, K. 575
  • Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet
  • Dvorak Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 51
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue

Numerous recorders, in shapes and sizes you’ve never imagined, will bring us a fascinating program of music that is “quintessentially” different. The program will include a wonderful variety of moods and rhythms composed in the last 100 years by Brazilian composers, both familiar and new to us, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Daniel Wolff, and Radames Gnattali.

In writing of their musical explorations, the performers have said, “Making chamber music with recorders is to travel through the old and the new worlds of musical expression. In Brazil, the relationship with the old fascinates us…and the relationship with the new is like being in the vanguard, opening new landscapes.”


Saturday, February 9, 2019 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. Tickets to the Musicale may be purchased on-line or at the door ($50 for adults, $15 for students).

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, Iowa State University Campus
Each summer in Vermont, artists who are household names in the world of chamber music join forces with the next generation of talent to create the renowned Marlboro Music Festival. And each winter, some of those same musicians tour the country with highlights from the summer program. Our concert will feature violinists Scott St. John and Tessa Lark, violist Kim Kashkashian, cellists Isang Enders and Christoph Richter, and pianist Zoltan Fejervar. Their program will include Boccherini’s String Quintet in E major; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2, and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

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


Ayreheart, with guest Soprano – Sarah Pillow

Created by Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane, Ayreheart brings to audiences a magnificent and exciting combination of folk and “high art” music of the Renaissance, written for “the Prince of Instruments.” Radio host Robert Aubry Davis has described Ayreheart’s performances as “…old forms born anew and ever fresh.”

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Acclaimed American pianist Sara Davis Buechner is known for her eclectic programming and her effervescent personality on and off the stage. Following a recent performance, the New York Times commented on “the breadth of Ms. Buechner’s artistry, spanning thundering fortissimos and chiseled passagework, as well as lyrical moments…a poetic sensitivity tempered by wit and judicious restraint.” Her program will include works of Mozart and Brahms, as well as Variations on a Theme of Poulenc by Kouji Taku; and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, in his own arrangement for solo piano.