2013-2014 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.

SOYEON KATE LEESaturday, September 28, 2013 
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall,
Iowa State University

SOYEON KATE LEE, solo piano

Soyeon Kate Lee, the most recent winner of the prestigious Naumburg Piano Competition, is acclaimed as both solo and chamber performer. She has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and on Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series and recently joined the roster of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. Pianist Ann Schein, a Town & Gown favorite and judge of the Naumburg Competition, describes Ms. Lee as “a superlative pianist-musician, every style clear as crystal . . . intelligent, warm and brilliant.”

     MOZART     Fantasy in D minor, K. 397
     JANÁČEK     Piano Sonata 1.X. 1905, From the Street

     BEETHOVEN     Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
     SCRIABIN     Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op.9 No.1
             Impromptu in B flat Minor, Op.12 No.2

             Fantasy in B Minor, Op.28

     STRAVINSKY     arr. Agosti from Firebird Suite

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MarlboroMonday, October 21, 2013

7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall, 
Iowa State University


The third concert in our partnership with the world-famous Marlboro Music Festival features highlights of its magical formula that teams exceptional young musicians with seasoned artists. Their winter tours allow audiences throughout the country to hear reprises of some of the summer’s best performances of renowned masterpieces as well as rarely heard chamber works. This year’s Marlboro visit brings us pianist Cynthia Raim, cellist Marcy Rosen, violinists Bella Hristova and Robin Scott, and violists Dimitri Murrath and Vicki Powell.


     MOZART     String Quintet in E-flat major, K. 614

     BARTOK     String Quartet No. 6

     SCHUMANN     Piano Quintet

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AxiomTuesday, November 19, 2013
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium, 6th & Clark

Internationally acclaimed for their groundbreaking repertoire and exceptional virtuosity, as well as their unique and popular educational outreach programs, Chicago-based Axiom Brass has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. The first brass quintet to win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition in its 27-year history, they have garnered numerous other awards here and abroad, including a Fischoff Competition bronze medal and the Fischoff Educator Award.

     The sounds of brass through the centuries to from Monteverdi and Palestrina to Paquito D’Rivera

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
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 25th Musicale.
  Information 515-292-3891 or amestownandtown@gmail.com
  Note different starting time.     Not included in season ticket package. 

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Friday, March 28, 2014
7:30 p.m. Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall,
Iowa State University

DAVID FINCKEL, cello  WU HAN, piano

Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, this irrepressible husband and wife duo rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs are unmatched. David Finckel performed for 34 years with the Emerson String Quartet. He and Wu Han are the co-directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as Music at Menlo. 

     Russian Masters: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin

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Sunday, May 11, 2014
7:30 p.m. Ames City Auditorium, 6th & Clark

THE BOREAL TRIO  clarinet, viola, and piano


The Boreal Trio comprises three international competition laureates, all passionately dedicated to the art of chamber music, in particular this compelling combination of instruments: Uriel Vanchestein, clarinet; Juan Miguel Hernandez, viola; and Wonny Song, piano. Vanchestein and Hernandez have respectively won top prizes at the Geneva and Brahms international competitions. This will be a return engagement for Mr. Hernandez, whose dazzling viola playing was heard two seasons ago with the Harlem Quartet.


     MOZART    Trio in E-flat major, “Kegelstatt”

     SCHUMANN     Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales)

     BRUCH     from 8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano

     UHL     Trio (“Kleines Konzert”)

     VANCHESTEIN     Moment Musical


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