2016-2017 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.  

Chelsea Wang

Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University


Four years go, having already won numerous national and international awards, Chelsea Wang of West Des Moines, Iowa, graduated from Valley High School and entered the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, training ground of many of the world's most promising young artists. At Curtis, Chelsea has had the opportunity to work not only with her talented peers, but also to study and play chamber music with some of the esteemed Curtis faculty, including Ida Kavafian. Ms. Kavafian is one of our country's most cherished violinists (member of TASHI, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Opus One) and mentors of the violin (Curtis and Juilliard). Ms. Kavafian has performed twice before for Town & Gown; Ms. Wang performed on a T&G Musicale while still in high school. This will be their first full concert together, featuring solo and duo works.

Artist Website Wang . . .
Artist Website Kavafian . . .


Poulenc Trio Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

Liang Wang, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon;
Irina Kaplan Lande, piano

". . . equal doses of polish and personality” (The Baltimore Sun)
The Poulenc Trio returns to Town & Gown with two exciting additions: oboist Liang Wang, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, and a new work by important young composer Viet Cuong. 25-year-old Cuong, whose music "leaves you breathless" (Philadelphia Inquirer), has won a staggering number of awards and commissions, while still studying at Princeton University. This performance will include a special preview of animation created by Elizabeth and Alden Phelps to accompany Cuong's Train of Thought. In addition, the Trio will perform a wide-ranging program spanning four centuries.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church


The sparkling collage of chamber music and song, followed by a sumptuous buffet, is an eagerly anticipated tradition, and our most important fundraising event. 

Please consider becoming a Musicale Sponsor.
Call 515-292-3891 or send a message to 

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

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Simone DinnersteinThursday, March 23, 2017
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University


A best-selling artist on the Billboard Classical Chart, Simone Dinnerstein is truly an artist of our time. Her eclectic repertoire ranges from her widely heralded recording of the J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (held in extraordinary esteem similar to  that of Glenn Gould) to the program she will perform in Ames in which she explores the similarities between the works of Franz Schubert and Philip Glass.

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Arianna and AmaraSaturday, April 8, 2017
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th & Clark


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.

Artist website Arianna . . .
Artist website Amara . . .

Walden Chamber Players

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th and Clark


Tessa Lark, violin/fiddle 
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..


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