Mission Statement: The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock (CMSLR) presents world-class artists who enrich cultural life in Arkansas by performing great works of chamber music and providing intensive educational and collaborative experiences for young musicians.
CMSLR is one of Central Arkansas’s premiere performing arts organizations. Through its performance and education activities, the Society offers audiences unique chamber music experiences. CMSLR presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Presenting performances of repertoire spanning three centuries and numerous premieres by living composers, CMSLR programs are designed to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music.
Each year, CMSLR presents four concerts by award-winning solo and ensemble performers. The Society offers a unique opportunity for Little Rock Audiences to experience first class performances by internationally recognized performers such as the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Chestnut Brass, Rachel Barton Pine, and the Parker String Quartet.
The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock continues today in the spirit of its founders. In 1953 a group of friends began meeting in one another’s homes to enrich the cultural life of Little Rock with a new form of classical music. Since then their concerts have moved to the John Brown Student Union Building on the campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Parish Hall of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, and most recently to Trinity United Methodist Church and the Clinton Presidential Library.
Over CMRLR’s 65-year long history, thousands of children and adults have attended the education programs of the Society. School-based programs and special event concerts provide enriching educational experiences for the youth of Central Arkansas.