Monday, September 14, 2015

Art of Élan 2015-2016 Season Features The San Diego Museum of Art, Lux Art Institute, The Glashaus, A Reason To Survive & the San Diego Symphony

Demarre McGill & Kate Hatmaker

About Art of Élan

For the past 8 years, Art of Élan has been pioneering unique events and bringing the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. Created by violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist Demarre McGill, Art of Élan continually expands the scope of classical music in San Diego through its innovative, one-hour programming in unique performance venues. Its partnerships with The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, The Glashaus in Barrio Logan, and A Reason To Survive (ARTS) in National City have led to multiple commissions, world premieres, exciting cross-disciplinary productions and enthusiastic, sold-out audiences. By drawing inspiration from the word élan, which represents momentum, vigor and spirit, and providing an opportunity to connect directly with concertgoers, Art of Élan continues to engage and energize audiences in new ways.

Happy September! We hope you've had 
an enjoyable, art-filled summer. 

We're thrilled to announce an exciting 
lineup of concerts for the upcoming 
2015-2016 season, in collaboration with 
many of San Diego's most esteemed 
cultural institutions: The San Diego 
(ARTS) and, for the very first time, 

For this 9th season of concerts,
which we're calling "CROSSING THE
our commitment to pioneering
unique chamber music events and
bringing the excitement of classical
music to diverse audiences is expanding
to also include a ground-breaking
partnership with New York-based
New Amsterdam Records/New
Amsterdam Presents.
We're excited about engaging in this
bi-coastal relationship with our friends
at New Amsterdam Records/New
Amsterdam Presents
, who share our
artistic vision of supporting new music
by highly skilled composers and
performers who do not adhere to 
traditional genre boundaries. They, like
us, value artistic quality and
emotional directness over adherence to
current stylistic trends. The record
label has been called "the focal point of
the post-classical scene" by Time
Out New York
 and "emblematic of an
emerging generation" by The New York
The partnership speaks to our
ongoing commitment to supporting
emerging artists and composers
like Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw,
Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne and will help
foster expanded commissioning projects,
create greater exposure for our
recently established "Ensemble-in-
program and provide
increased performance opportunities for
NewAm artists.
In programming the 2015-2016
looked to unite our increasingly
segregated beliefs, actions and
influences through an exploration of
our shared humanity and the
discovery of a common language for
the 21st century. While our nation
can feel increasingly polarized these
days, we believe common ground
still exists--and music is a powerful
 way to be reminded of that.

The exciting season includes a
return of
the world premiere of
Lei Liang's
string quartet for Art of Élan's
ensemble-in-residence, the
, for which funding was 
provided by the Library of
Koussevitzky Foundation
Chamber Music America.

In addition to our regular concert
series at
The San Diego Museum of
and Lux Art Institute, the
season has been expanded to
include two additional special events
that shine a spotlight on New
Amsterdam composers and ensembles.
A return of
and a first-ever
collaboration with the
San Diego
round out a season that
truly crosses divides to embrace new
music, new venues and new partners. 
Read on to learn more about the 
specific events we've curated for you
and we'll look forward to seeing you
at a concert soon!  

Kate & Demarre

Tuesday, Oct. 6th
Hibben Gallery, 7pm
Art of Élan's 9th season begins with a provocative program of works by female composers, including dramatic and colorful compositions by Israeli composer Shulamit Ran, whose "East Wind" for solo flute references both the tragic and epic nature of human experience, as well as Anna Clyne and Sarah Kirkland Snider (both affiliated with New Amsterdam Records), and the rarely performed String Quartet No. 2 by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, which promises to take audiences on a kaleidoscopic journey through uncharted territory.
Tuesday, January 12th
Hibben Gallery, 7pm
The idea of concentric circles serves as a reminder that there is always common ground to be found, even among the most disparate elements. This program features San Diego's inventive choral ensemble SACRA/PROFANA with "Effortlessly Love Flows" (from Aaron Jay Kernis' "Ecstatic Meditations"), as well as "Honest Music" by Nico Muhly (New Amsterdam Records), a haunting contemplation on the world's "makeshift nature...the sad beauty of things coming together and things falling apart." The concert ends with Arvo Pärt's "Tabula Rasa," a minimalist exploration of man's inherent need for peace and introspection.
Tuesday, March 29th
Hibben Gallery, 7pm
This deeply affecting program is inspired by various memories and folk songs, featuring Art of Élan's "ensemble-in-residence" the Formosa Quartet in the world premiere of Lei Liang's "Song Recollections" string quartet, commissioned by Art of Élan with funding from both the Koussevitzky Foundation and Chamber Music America.

Tuesday, May 17th
Hibben Gallery, 7pm
The final concert of the series contemplates the possibility of a common language for the 21st century, uniting works by today's most exciting composers with more established repertoire, including the San Diego premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw's "By & By" for voice and string quartet.
Tickets for The San Diego Museum of Art series are available in advance at the Museum, or by clicking here:
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