Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 at Art of Élan: A Year in Review with Demarre McGill and Kate Hatmaker

2016 Young Artists in Harmony program at A Reason To Survive (ARTS)

It's hard to believe it's already December and that we're almost halfway through our 10th Anniversary Season. For this season, "A Place To Call Home," we're focused on creative place-making and defining home in the 21st century. With numerous collaborations and 7 world premieres, as well as an expanded five-concert series at The San Diego Museum of Art that opens and closes with free community events, the 10th Anniversary celebrates the reach of Art of Élan's programming and engagement efforts as well as its ongoing desire to connect people from all over the globe through music.
So far this season we have witnessed a successful collaboration with Bravo International Music Academy (BIMA), a sold-out Thanksgiving concert at The San Diego Museum of Art and a multi-media event at The Glashaus featuring the world premiere of "Beat Suite No. 2" by violist AJ Nilles. 

But the initiative we are most proud of has been taking place in National City each Saturday in partnership with A Reason To Survive (ARTS), a nationally recognized organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives - especially those of kids facing adversity. Consisting of weekly workshops, where ARTS music students had the opportunity to be mentored by Art of Élan musicians, our Young Artists in Harmony (YAH) program recently culminated with a free open house concert in National City that attracted over 150 people. The students will have an additional opportunity to showcase their work on January 18th from 6-8pm at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, where Art of Élan musicians will perform their compositions as part of the Southern California/Baja Biennial exhibit. This concert will be professionally recorded and available for free download afterwards at Instant Encore. Download code: YAH2016. 

3rd time YAH student Deejay Rich introducing his piece to the audience at the recent Dec. 10th concert at A Reason To Survive (ARTS)

This residency program exists because of the generous support of people like you. We recently received a $10,000 challenge grant that we need your help with now, during this season of giving. Any amount donated to Art of Élan between now and December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Please consider lending your voice and your resources to this amazing partnership-we are hoping to turn this residency into a year-round program starting next fall! 

During this season of thanks and giving, we want to express our gratitude for all that you already do to make San Diego a vibrant, cultural destination, and we look forward to seeing you at a future concert. 

~Kate & Demarre

Art of Élan is a 501(c)3 organization, and, as such, all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Donations by check are also gratefully accepted at:

Art of Élan
3401 32nd Street
San Diego, CA 92104 
  Tax ID:  20-8136710

Demarre McGill and Kate Hatmaker

About Art of Élan

For the past 9 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.  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.
Remaining concert dates this season:

January 10: "Our American Music" in collaboration with the San Diego Symphony's Chamber Music Series at Copley Symphony Hall

January 18: Young Artists in Harmony concert at San Diego Art Institute

January 31: "Reactive Listening" at The San Diego Museum of Art

February 28: Art of Élan Downtown at the Museum of Contemporary Art

March 14: "Diverse Soundscapes" at The San Diego Museum of Art

April 6: CROSSFIRE at Luce Loft featuring new works by Joel P. West and the return of The Tree Ring

May 9: "Agents of Change" concert at The San Diego Museum of Art  **free event

June 1-3:  "Minor Fall, Major Lift" collaboration with Malashock Dance at the Lyceum Theatre

June 17: 10th Anniversary closing celebration at Qualcomm Hall featuring The Myriad Trio

For more info on all of our events (as well as to purchase tickets online), please visit our website:  

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