On March 29th at The San Diego Museum of Art, the Formosa Quartet performed the world premier of Lei Liang’s “Song Recollections,” the much-anticipated string quartet that Art of Élan commissioned with national support from Chamber Music America and the Koussevitzky Foundation. This is the second year of the Formosa Quartet’s residency with Art of Élan, which has included performance and commissioning opportunities, as well as recording support. In addition to “Song Recollections,” the March 29th program featured “Hungarian Folk Songs,” also written for the Formosa Quartet by American composer Dana Wilson, as well as “Threnodies I and II” for flute, violin, viola and cello by Aaron Copland, for which flautist Rose Lombardo joined members of the quartet.  Click here to read reviews in the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Story.

For the past 8 years Art of Élan has been pioneering unique chamber music events and bringing the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. Created by violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist Demarre McGill, Art of Élan is continually expanding the scope of classical music in San Diego through 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, the Malcolm X Library 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, Art of Élan continues to engage and energize audiences in new ways.