A signature of this milestone season is the involvement of this year’s Ensemble-in-Residence, the critically acclaimed NOW Ensemble. Inaugurated with The Formosa Quartet in 2014, the Ensemble-in-Residence program establishes a two-year partnership with groups whose mission and projects align with the mission of Art of Élan. The residency includes performance opportunities, commissioning opportunities, and possible recording support.

 “NOW shares Art of Élan’s commitment to community engagement, and looks forward to deepening ties with the San Diego arts community over the next two years and for years to come,”

 Michael Mizrahi, NOW Ensemble pianist and managing director.

NOW Ensemble featuring Alex Sopp, Alicia Lee, Logan Coale, Mark Dancigers and Michael Mizrahi

NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. They also are committed to bringing some of the most exciting composers of their generation to national and international recognition. Based in New York, they are part of the growing group of new artists under the New Amsterdam Records label.

Over the past year, New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents has partnered with Art of Élan to develop a bi-coastal conversation and work to affect cultural change on both coasts.


To further the New Amsterdam/Art of Élan partnership, NOW Ensemble will be engaging with the San Diego community in a number of ways including a free concert at The San Diego Museum of Art (May 9, 2017).   They will also be part of Art of Élan’s highly anticipated collaboration with Malashock Dance (June 1-3, 2017, Lyceum Theatre) where they will present the world premiere of Judd Greenstein’s new work, written specifically for NOW Ensemble and Malashock Dance.