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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


Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank

Saturday, September 19, 2015 
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University


SOYEON KATE LEE and RAN DANK, piano


In her brilliant Town & Gown piano recital in 2013, Soyeon Kate enchanted and enlightened us with the music of masters new and old. Very soon after, she married Israeli-American pianist Ran Dank, whose own career matches hers for virtuosity and recognition through prestigious awards. Separately and together, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center and with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, among others. Their recital will include solo works of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel, as well as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in the composer's own version for piano, 4-hands.


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Philip Setzer, David Finckel, Wu Han Sunday, October 25, 2015
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th & Clark


PHILIP SETZER, violin  DAVID FINCKEL, cello
WU HAN, piano

All-Beethoven program performed by present and former members of the Emerson Quartet in trio with piano.

Upon hearing that the amazing and charismatic cello-­‐piano duo of Finckel and Han (among the stars of our 2013-­‐14 season) was expanding its horizons to include programs for piano trio with Finckel's longtime colleague in the Emerson Quartet, Philip Setzer, Town & Gown wanted to be among the first presenters. Their irresistible program of Beethoven trios will include Trio in G-­‐Major, Op. 1, No. 2; Trio in D-­‐Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”); and Trio in Bb-­‐Major, Op. 97 (“Archduke).


 
Saturday, February 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church
 

27th ANNUAL TOWN & GOWN MUSICALE

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 27th Musicale.  Information 515-292-3891 or town.gown@gmail.com
Note different starting time.    Not included in season ticket package. 


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Roberta AlexanderSaturday, March 5, 2016
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

ROBERTA ALEXANDER, soprano
WILLIAM DAVID, piano

All-American program: Bernstein, Ives, Barber, Copland, Hegeman, Gershwin 

We will be treated to an all-­‐American vocal program featuring star of the Metropolitan Opera and European stages, with the longtime pianist of the Ames Piano Quartet.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium,
6th & Clark


MUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO, mixed strings and piano


Returning to perform highlights from the legendary Marlboro Summer Music Festival, featuring pianist Cynthia Raim, violist Samuel Rhodes (formerly of the Julliard String Quartet), violinists Itamar Xorman and Robin Scott and cellist Brook Speltz in works of Haydn, Berg, and Dvorak.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University


THE AULOS ENSEMBLE

 

Our season concludes with a return engagement of this renowned early-music ensemble. Their authentic renditions of 18th-century music have been presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Gallery, the Library of Congress, at numerous universities, and on recording.

 

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