Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music, this 550-seat gem of a concert hall better known as "Little Bridges," sits within the beautiful grounds of Pomona College on Fourth Street just east of College Avenue. Each year, from September through May, the College sponsors a broad spectrum of nearly 45 concerts encompassing classical, jazz, folk, Western and non-Western. The performances, which are traditionally free of charge, are open to the campus and surrounding communities.
Celebrating its centennial, for 100 years now audiences have welcomed many renowned artists to the campus. More recent performers have included pianist Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, soprano Lucy Shelton, the Tyva Kyzy Tuvan Throat Singers, the Alexander String Quartet, tenor Thomas Hampson, Bluegrass artists Richard Greene and Peter Feldmann, the Millennium Consort Singers led by conductor/organist Martin Neary, the Lucerne Festival Strings, and the Anonymous Four. As the center of the Music Department's performing activities, ensembles including the College's Orchestra, Choir, Glee Club, Band, and Balinese Gamelan, regularly present concerts, and numerous performing faculty members and friends from across the globe offer recitals. Bridges Hall of Music is also the home of the Hill Memorial Organ, a gift of John J. Hill '22 and Eugene H. Hill '26 in honor of their mother, Carrie Schnitker Hill. It was built by C. B. Fisk of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and dedicated in May 2002.
The Hall's history goes back to 1915, when architect Myron Hunt built it for the College with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Appleton S. Bridges in memory of their daughter Mabel, a member of the class of 1908. Subsequent renovations were made in 1970 for acoustic and seismic updates, in 1972 to the south wings of the building through a gift of the Bertha Lebus Trust, and an additional major renovation to the hall was completed in 2001. In addition to performances, this stunning facility provides a remarkable space for other college events.
Bridges Hall of Music
150 E. 4th Street,
Claremont, CA 91711
Free parking is available along College Ave. and on surrounding streets. Limited Music Department concert parking for handicapped and those with mobility concerns is available on Fourth Street between College Ave. and College Way. Read more [pdf].
Current Concert Calendar for Pomona College Department of Music [pdf]
Department Concert Information: (909) 607-2671
Bridges Hall of Music is often used by community and outside groups for their performances. For information please call (909) 621-8373.