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

Saturday, September 12, 2015 
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall,
Music Hall, Iowa State University

Jointly presented with the Iowa State Center


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

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


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


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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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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