Friends of Music at Coe to celebrate 25th anniversary with Amara Piano Quartet concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2017-10-04 11:22:21 - General

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC), the organization will present the internationally famous Amara Piano Quartet, featuring chamber music by composers Turina, Fauré and Piazzolla. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  It is open to the public at no charge.

The Amara Piano Quartet is the resident chamber music ensemble at Iowa State University. Its members include Boro Martinic, violin; Jonathan Sturm, viola; George Work, cello; and Mei-Hsuan Huang, piano. The ensemble builds a diverse palette of colors and a symphonic sound from its four musicians, weaving musical lines and textures into a captivating interpretation.

With individual members drawn from chamber musicians, orchestral concertmasters, competition winners and outstanding teachers, and with over 100 years of combined performance experience, the Amara Piano Quartet continues the long tradition of excellence established by its predecessor, the Ames Piano Quartet. Over the years, the group has performed concerts in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Critics have cited the group as "one of the most heavenly combinations of instruments around," further noting "the four generated nearly limitless excitement... arching lyricism, poetic eloquence, great accuracy." The Amara Piano Quartet has been called "one of the best chamber music recordings of the century." The group has 14 widely acclaimed recordings on the Albany, Sono Luminus and Dorian labels.

For more information, call 319-399-8521.