Since 1986 the Auditorium Chamber Music Series has presented some of the world's finest small ensembles in the beautiful neo-gothic Auditorium in the heart of the University of Idaho campus. Four ensembles visit the Palouse each year, performing for the series and enriching the region through school residencies, informal performances in community venues, and master classes. In alternate years, the series sponsors a fifth concert, by the finest chamber musicians of the region.
The Auditorium Series embraces a wide variety of types and styles of ensemble, from string quartet to 8-voice a cappella choir, to ethnic improvisational ensemble. The same great ensembles that audiences from New York to Seattle flock to hear - the Beaux Arts Trio, Masters of Persian Music, Kronos Quartet, Chanticleer, eighth blackbird, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - have all graced the Auditorium Chamber Music Series.
The mission of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series is to bring outstanding performances of chamber music to the Palouse; to broaden the musical experiences of the region through school visits, workshops, master classes, lectures, and other means; and to build audiences for classical music throughout the region.