PUBLIQuartet, Chamber Music at the Clark

Saturday, June 25, 2022
3:30 pm PDT – 7:00 pm PDT

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street

Chamber Music at the Clark concert seating is determined via lottery. This concert offers special pricing at $10 per person. The booking-by-lottery entry form for PUBLIQuartet concert seats posts here on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Lottery registration closes Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Learn more about the booking-by-lottery system for securing Chamber Music at the Clark seats.

All attendees must complete a pre-entry check to attend events. Everyone, including UCLA students, staff, faculty and non-affiliated visitors, must complete the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Survey prior to arrival and present their clearance certificate to event staff to gain entry. In accordance with updated UCLA Protocol for Organized Events, attendees are no longer permitted to show vaccination cards or proof of a negative test for entry.

As of Friday, May 27, 2022, universal indoor masking has resumed at UCLA due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Upgraded, well-fitting masks are required to be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status.

This special Saturday evening concert will be held outdoors on the Clark Library’s East Lawn. Concert lottery winners are invited to picnic on the grounds prior to the concert and enjoy an open house to explore the historical spaces in the library and a few of our rare book and manuscript holdings.

The Clark Library and grounds will open at 3:30 p.m. for picnicking and the open house. Beverages and light snacks will be provided; please bring your own blanket and food. Alcohol is not permitted at this event. Please deposit waste and recyclables in appropriate containers.

Please be sure to dress appropriately for this outdoor event and bring adequate sun and bug protection. Some shade is provided by trees on the property but no tents or canopies will be provided.

No food or beverage is permitted inside the library. The library open house will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 4:50 p.m., and the library will be closed after the concert begins.

The concert will begin at 5:00 p.m. A limited number of chairs will be provided and guests may also be seated on the lawn on their own blankets.

“What is American”

Jessie Montgomery (1981– )
Voodoo Dolls (2008)

MIND | THE | GAP: Reflections on Beauty – Pavement Pounding Rose (2019)
Improvisations on Fats’ Waller’s Honeysuckle Rose

MIND | THE | GAP: Free Radicals (2021)

Improvisations on Law Years and Street Woman by Ornette Coleman

Rhiannon Giddens (b. 1977)
At the Purchaser’s Option (2016), arr. PUBLIQuartet (2021)

Vijay Iyer (1971– )
Dig The Say (2012)

I. carry the ball
IIa. this thing together
IIb. up from the ground
III. to live tomorrow


MIND | THE | GAP: Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues (2021)
Improvisations on Ida Cox, Tina Turner, Betty Davis and Alice Coltrane

MIND | THE | GAP: What is American? (2016)

Improvisations on Antonin Dvorak’s “American Quartet” (op. 96)

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto Vivace
IV. Finale. Vivace ma non troppo


Curtis Stewart, violin
Jannina Norpoth, violin
Nick Revel, viola
Hamilton Berry, cello

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” PUBLIQuartet’s creative, interactive programming presents contemporary works, original compositions, and improvisations expanding the role of the string quartet. In 2019 the group received their first Grammy nomination for their sophomore album, Freedom & Faith, cementing them as one of the premiere new music groups of our time.

PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to support emerging composers inspired their innovative program, “PUBLIQ Access,” which promotes emerging composers and presents a wide variety of under-represented music for string quartet–from classical, jazz and electronic, to non-notated, world, and improvised music. At least one of these works is showcased on virtually every program the Quartet performs, and they have regular showcase performances in New York to present the newest pieces in this growing catalogue.

PUBLIQuartet is sought after for its creative and energetic educational workshops. The Quartet’s mission to enrich and inspire students of diverse backgrounds has led them to hold residencies with American Composers Orchestra and Deer Valley Music Festival’s “Emerging Quartets and Composers” program, among others.

Founded in 2010, PUBLIQuartet has been presented by The American Composers Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and The Chautauqua Institution. Their 2020–21 season highlights include performances at Onstage Ogden, Underground Classical, Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, and a virtual performance with the Chautauqua Institution. The Quartet has collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), JACK Quartet, jazz tuba legend Bob Stewart, and innovative jazz clarinetist/composer Don Byron. Mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets, and composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. They have participated in residencies at the Juilliard String Quartet Institute, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, the Shouse Institute (GLMF), and the Banff Centre. PUBLIQuartet is currently based in New York City.

PUBLIQuartet is represented by Concert Artists Guild:

Image: PUBLIQuartet by Lelaine Foster, 2019.

Click here for more information about our chamber music programs.

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 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; Roberta and Robert Young and Friends of the Clark Library.

Booking Form

Bookings are currently closed for this event.