2015-2016 Season

The Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association presents five chamber music concerts featuring artists of international renown, as well as its annual Musicale--a gala fundraising event featuring esteemed local musicians. It also brings chamber musicians to the larger community through various outreach events for school children, university students, senior citizens, and many others. Our association is affiliated with Chamber Music America.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank, piano

The Hermes Quartet

Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

Jointly presented with the Iowa State Center


The luminous talent of the Paris-based Hermès Quartet has consistently brought them acclaim and prestigious awards. The Washington Post praises their “world-class quartet playing,” exclaiming “they will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.” Winners of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Quartet (violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo) made their U.S. debuts to rave reviews at the opening concerts of the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

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The Rose Ensemble Sunday, November 2, 2014
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th & Clark


The Roots of Bluegrass: A Journey through America's Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions

Formed in 1996 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Rose Ensemble performs and preserves rare music from around the globe. This joyful program, featuring ballads, dances, hymns and anthems, presents some of America’s most popular music through the ensemble’s twelve voices and authentic instruments. Witness a musical evolution as they journey through the dance halls of Boston, to Shaker villages and the hills of Appalachia, exploring the harmonies that gave birth to bluegrass.

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AxiomTuesday, November 18, 2014
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

THE POULENC TRIO (Irina Kaplan, piano; Vladimir Lande, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon)
“ . . . intriguing and beautifully played . . . convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace” is how the Washington Post described a performance by the Poulenc Trio. Since its founding in 2003, the trio – named for the 20th-century French composer – has performed in more than 40 of the United States and at music festivals around the world. In addition to repertoire from earlier eras, these musicians have a strong commitment to commissioning, performing, and recording works from living composers, with 20 new works written for and premiered by the group

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
7:00 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church


Inspired by the abundance of local talent, Artistic Director Paula Forrest produced the first Musicale fundraiser in 1990. This potpourri of chamber music and song, followed by a sumptuous buffet, quickly became an eagerly anticipated tradition. 
Please consider becoming a Sponsor of the 26th Musicale.  Information 515-292-3891 or town.gown@gmail.com
Note different starting time.    Not included in season ticket package. 

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Sergei BabyanTuesday, March 31, 2015 
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

SERGEI BABAYAN, solo piano

Sergei Babayan’s imaginative programming consistently elicits special interest and praise. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, he came to the U.S. in 1989 and that same year took 1st Prize in the Robert Casadesus International Competition, the first of many such international awards. His extensive solo career has included performances with major orchestras in this country and Europe, under such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Neeme Järvi, as well as an impressive list of recordings. Piano duo performances have paired him with such luminaries as Martha Argerich. Currently artist–in-residence at the Cleveland Institute, he recently accepted an appointment to the faculty of Juilliard, as well.

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)  ~  Für Alina
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)  ~  Ballade No. 2 in B minor
Vladimir Ryabov (b. 1950)  ~  Fantasia in C minor, Op. 21, in memory of Maria Yudina
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)  ~  from the Klavierbüchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach; Prelude in C major, BWV 939; Prelude in C minor, BWV 999; Menuet-Trio in G minor, BWV 929
Prelude in E major, BWV 937; Sinfonia in Eb major, BWV 791; Prelude in D minor, BWV 926
Prelude in C# major, BWV 872; Prelude in F major, BWV 901; Prelude in C major, BWV 933
Fugue in C Major, BWV 953; Fugue in C major, BWV 952
Frédéric Chopin ~ Polonaise Op. 26 in C# minor; Valse Op. 64 No. 2 in C# minor
Barcarolle Op. 60 in F# major; Valse Op. 69 No. 2 in B minor
Impromptu Op. 29 No. 1 in Ab major

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th & Clark

TRIO VOCE (Patricia Tao, piano; Jamine Lin, violin; Marina Hoover, cello)


The three artists of Trio Voce – each renowned in her own right as soloist as well as chamber musician – communicate as one voice ("voce") whether collaborating on a work of Haydn or commissioning, recording, and playing music of our own time. In concerts throughout the world, they are praised for their “deeply committed and passionate” performances and their zeal to “push the boundaries” (Fanfare Magazine). Their recent recording of Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg is cited as an “important addition to any serious collection of 20th-century chamber music” (Gramophone).


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