About Chamber Music LA
Chamber Music LA is a Los Angeles-based collective of six acclaimed presenters on a mission to build a thriving chamber music community in Southern California. Each Chamber Music LA organization possesses a unique curatorial voice, expressed through the intimacy of chamber music.
High definition chamber music: an international collective performing in the heart of LA.
Young artists from LA’s premiere performing arts school join renowned faculty, alumni and guest artists in electrifying performances.
Unique curation offers ear-cleansing dives into bracing new and modern music largely by living composers – as well as fresh music of past centuries.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Transformative musical experiences with a personal touch; a roster of exceptional musicians and a diverse range of repertoire.
Pittance Chamber Music
Shining the spotlight on the extraordinary resident artists from the LA Opera pit and stage.
Salastina Los Angeles
Classical music’s wingman. By day, our resident artists are world-class performers and studio musicians who’ve played on your favorite films. By night, they’re on a mission to broaden the definition of what classical music was, is, and can be.
Chamber Music LA creates a thriving community of players and listeners to increase awareness and activity through collaboration.
Making LA the Chamber Music Capital of the World
Composers have long thought of string quartets as the pinnacle of personal, musical expression. Why?
What defines chamber music is precisely what makes it such fun to experience. With one player per part, each line must have integrity of its own. Composers often say there’s nowhere to hide in chamber music. You can’t rely on cymbal crashes and huge orchestral swells for dramatic effect. And chamber music is certainly not about who has the melody and who has the accompaniment; it’s a far more nuanced dance than that.
Chamber music is about counterpoint—the way that each unique voice with its own integrity, rhythm, and contour relates to the others in harmonic interdependence. In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This is the core value of Chamber Music Los Angeles. We aim to be better together. While maintaining each participating organization’s integrity, we are joining forces to further the impact of the art form. At any CMLA performance, you’ll experience what makes chamber music so special. Each partner organization rightly prides itself on its unique curatorial voice and intimacy. Join us and experience the subtle magic of chamber music.
Chamber Music LA owes its vision and existence to a true lover of the art form of chamber music, Warner Wheeler Henry (1938-2020).
Warner and Carol Henry’s leadership and generosity has formed and continues to shape the rich musical landscape of Los Angeles. Organizations such as the LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, Musica Angelica, the Colburn School and so many others, owe their excellence and vitality, in large part, to the Henrys.
Near the end of his life, Warner aspired to realize a decades-long vision for Los Angeles’ classical music scene. He marveled at the caliber of Los Angeles musicians and was passionate about making chamber music more visible and widely available. Ultimately, in 2017, he founded Chamber Music Los Angeles (CMLA), an association of eight chamber music organizations, brought together for the purpose of promoting the great variety of chamber music throughout Los Angeles. Warner believed that this joining of forces would enable a more robust voice for chamber music, as well as benefit each individual organization. Since 2017, CMLA has established itself following Warner’s core directives – that all efforts serve the art form of chamber music, and that CMLA functions support the participating organizations — not replace them.
It is with profound gratitude and affection that we recognize the love and spirit of CMLA’s founding father, Warner Henry, and look forward to furthering his vision in the years to come.
Thank you for your interest in Chamber Music LA. Our mission is to create a thriving community of players and listeners; we are glad you are already part of that community. The six founding organizations are investing significant time and energy to define the group’s focus. As this developmental work is in progress, we have not yet determined how to broaden membership. We hope to be ready to engage in those discussions soon!