Chamber Music at the Clark

An annual series established in 1994, Chamber Music at the Clark presents internationally acclaimed ensembles and soloists in the drawing room of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The series, which usually hosts seven concerts each year, honors the musical passion of William Andrews Clark Jr., an accomplished violinist and founder of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon H. Kardener and Monika Olofsson Kardener; Carol Krause; Mari and Edmund D. Edelman Foundation for Music and Public Service; Elaine and Bernie Mendes; Janet and Henry Minami; Bette I. and Jeffrey L. Nagin; Joyce Perry; Jeanne Robson; Jackie and Charles Schwartz; Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund; Patricia Waldron, M.D., and Richard Waldron; and Roberta and Robert Young.

2020–21 Season–Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark

In response to the global pandemic in 2020, we are experimenting with a new series of free, online events called Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark, which combine programs recorded specifically for our audience and conversations with the musicians. Bruce Whiteman, the former Head Librarian at the Clark and author of the much beloved program notes, leads the discussions with the musicians. Below is a list of past and upcoming events.

Videos from this season will be available for approximately 6 months from the event date:

Sunday, October 18, 2020: Cheng² Duo

November 2020: Shanghai Quartet

December 13: Gryphon Trio

Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival

This annual festival was founded in 1988 by Professor Henry J. Bruman (1913–2005), who sought to introduce new audiences to chamber music at informal concerts on the UCLA campus. Each summer, we present 4–5 free lunchtime concerts featuring acclaimed local musicians, including former UCLA music students.  In recent years, the concerts have been held in the Powell Library Rotunda.

The festival is made possible by the Henry J. Bruman Chamber Music Series Fund, the Jeffrey Family Trust (established by the late Professors Wendell E. Jeffrey and Bernice M. Wenzel), by a gift in memory of Raymond E. Johnson, and with support from the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and Powell Library. Past seasons can be viewed below.

The festival is currently suspended due to the global pandemic.

Past Events


Upcoming Events

  • 31 Jan

    POSTPONED: Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio

    Sunday, January 31, 2021
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    POSTPONED Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon...

  • 21 Feb

    Chamber Music Conversations from the Clark: Ying Quartet

    Sunday, February 21, 2021
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Presented online via Zoom webinar This event is free of charge, but you must register to attend in advance. All audience members will receive instructions via email after registration. Click the following link to register directly with Zoom: https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XJ91ggc8QCW-_rUUhmRKqQ Join us for an exclusive online event featuring a concert performed by the Ying Quartet just for our audience, followed by...

  • 21 Mar

    Arod Quartet

    Sunday, March 21, 2021
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Online Event via Zoom Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music;...

  • 25 Apr

    POSTPONED: Cuarteto Casals

    Sunday, April 25, 2021
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    POSTPONED Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon...

  • 2 May

    Verona Quartet

    Sunday, May 2, 2021
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Online Event via Zoom Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber...

  • 16 May

    Jupiter Quartet

    Sunday, May 16, 2021
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Location: Clark Library (tentative) Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Marla C. Berns; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia Chock; Regina and Bruce Drucker; Beth S. Farb; Susan Harris; Judy and Sam Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber...