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May 08

The Telegraph Quartet and Anwei Wang

Sun / May 8, 2022
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm / Tye Recital Hall, ISU Campus

The Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association will close its 2021-22 season with the  premiere of a work that exemplifies our season’s motto, “Global Connections Through Music.”

The Quintet for Guzheng and Strings by California composer Michael Gordon Shapiro blends sounds and musical traditions of East and West: a string quartet, the epitome of the European chamber music tradition with the one of Asia’s most ancient  instruments, the guzheng (Chinese zither). Commissioned and completed for Town & Gown’s 70th season through a gift from the Durbin-Zheng family of Ames, the Quintet’s premiere performance was delayed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic; Town & Gown is  very pleased to bring it to the concert stage finally on Sunday, May 8.

The featured artists for this unique concert are the TELEGRAPH QUARTET, from San Francisco, and Guzheng artist ANWEI WANG, of Boston.

THE TELEGRAPH QUARTET, recipients of the first prizes in  two of chamber music’s most prestigious competitions, the Naumburg and the Fischoff, are   currently artists-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory. They have performed throughout the U.S., featured in such major venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. They performed previously for Ames Town & Gown in 2018.

ANWEI WANG was awarded the Gold Medal at the Second International Guzheng Competition in Hong Kong in 2017, and the silver medal for solo guzheng performance in the  2015 Japan International Guzheng Competition. Ms. Wang’s diverse musical interests include the  exploration of Chinese traditional music as well as her own compositions and arrangements. She has earned degrees at both the Zhejiang Conservatory and the New England Conservator in Boston, a student of Professor Hui Weng.

Los Angeles-based composer MICHAEL GORDON SHAPIRO writes for film, games, television, and theater, as well as the concert hall, applying conventional and new techniques to his compositions. A previous work, Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, a concerto for guzheng and orchestra, also blended musical traditions of East and West.

In addition to the new work by Michael Gordon Shapiro, the program on May 8th will include Ms. Wang’s performance of traditional works for solo guzheng. The Telegraph Quartet will close the program with one of Western chamber music’s most iconic masterpieces, Beethoven’s Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month.  Iowa State is holding its AAPI Heritage Month Celebration on Saturday, May 7, and in support of the festivities, Town & Gown’s guest artists, the Telegraph Quartet and Anwei Wang, will participate in the musical program on Saturday night.

The 2021-22 Ames Town & Gown concert season is made possible in part with support from the Ames Commission on the Arts (COTA), the Iowa Arts Council (a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs), the Arts Midwest Touring Fund (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts), and the Ames Convention Bureau Community Grant Program. This concert is also supported by the Durbin-Zheng family of Ames, in memory of Guangyi R. Zheng for his Centennial Birthday (1921-2021).

CONCERT TICKETS: $30.00 online at; in advance at Rieman Music (Ames), Chocolaterie Stam (Ames), the ISU Music Department Office; and at the door. Student Tickets: FREE K-12 (College/university with ID). SEATING IS GENERAL ADMISSION.



Paula Forrest, Artistic Director 515-292-3891

Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association