Art of Élan’s Bright New Season Opens

As I was leaving Tuesday’s (Oct. 6) Art of Élan concert at the San Diego Museum of Art, it occurred to me how indebted the San Diego new music scene is the leadership and work of women. Outside of the institutionally supported new music offerings of local university music programs and Matt McBane’s highly successful Carlsbad Music Festival in north county, in San Diego, the women are doing much of he heavy lifting when it comes to new music. Read more on…

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.