Outreach

For seven decades, Ames Town & Gown has brought to central Iowa world-renowned musicians performing masterpieces from the 1400s to the present. An equally important, but less known, promise of our mission is to reach audiences BEYOND THE CONCERT HALL. Our artists visit elementary and secondary schools, universities, public libraries, senior centers, and veterans' homes throughout central Iowa, offering special performances, master classes, workshops, career discussions, and more. The recipients of these special programs come away inspired by these great musicians' talent, knowledge, and above all, generous spirits..

Liang Wang and Bryan Young of the Poulec Trio with Iowa State students in November 2016

Liang Wang and Bryan Young of the Poulec Trio with Iowa State students in November 2016

In November 2016, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, Liang Wang, and bassoonist Bryan Young, both of the Poulenc Trio, conducted a master class with students from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Amy Christensen, oboe professor at Iowa State commented, β€œThe best part for me as a teacher was the opportunity for my students to see a great artist at work, to hear in a real world setting what it is we are working toward achieving.” The next day, the entire Poulenc Trio performed for and interacted with music students at Ballard High School.

Ida Kavafian, world-renowned violinist and professor at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, with the Klier String Quartet made up of student from Ames and Gilbert High School.

Ida Kavafian, world-renowned violinist and professor at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, with the Klier String Quartet made up of student from Ames and Gilbert High School.

 
 

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