Amara Piano Quartet live concert broadcast

Mar 25, 2013

Photo courtesy of Joanne Rile Artists Management

Join  hosts Jacqueline Halbloom and Curt Snook as IPR Classical comes to you live from Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in Ames with a performance by the Amara Piano Quartet on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.  This program is part of our Performance Iowa series.

Innovation joins tradition as the Amara Piano Quartet rises anew from the brilliant history that defined its predecessor, the Ames Piano Quartet. The ensemble chose the name “Amara” to send a message that is new yet classic, that combines a sense of mystery and timelessness with a beautiful sound. It is a name that, in the great literature and languages of the past, had associations with mythic paradise, with immortality and the eternal, and with something beloved. Like the new name suggests, the quartet will continue to perform for its audiences the immortal, beloved music of the past while it looks also to commission new compositions to become the masterpieces of the future.

Last spring, the two remaining founding members of the Ames Piano Quartet retired.   This fall, two new members, pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang and violinist Boro Martinic, joined violist Jonathan Sturm and cellist George Work as part of Iowa State University's  newly-renamed resident chamber ensemble.  Their program on April 7 includes Beethoven's String Trio in G Major and Brahms' Piano Quartet in C Minor.