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Art of Elan : Collaborative Season Finale Concert

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Collaborative Season Finale Concert features Special Guests
and World Premiere

Workshops and Premieres Set for San Diego and Tijuana 

World Premiere of work by Tijuana composer & musician Andrés Martín

Art of Élan’s
 commitment to collaboration and supporting new work continued this season with the commissioning of Tijuana-based composer and double-bassist Andrés Martín to write a work for NOW Ensemble (Art of Élan’s ensemble-in-residence). The piece, called “Bruja,” will be premiered in both San Diego and Tijuana in a week of spectacular cross-rder collaborations.

The May 15 San Diego Museum of Art concert is bursting with variety and new work. “Bruja” will premiere in the Museum Rotunda alongside works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Ted Hearne, and other composers affiliated with the NYC-based New Amsterdam Records.


The program will feature SACRA/PROFANA singing “Psalm of the Soil” by NYC-based composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. Snider, a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records, which supports the projects and careers of ground-breaking post-genre composers and performers, will be on hand to attend the West Coast premiere of her work. The piece is described as “rooted in folk music but full of complex harmonies, it effectively evoked the emotional complexity of the immigrant experience.

The concert is also the San Diego premiere of “The Answer to the Question that Wings Ask” by LA-based composer Ted Hearne.

Missy Mazzoli

To add more excitement to the evening, the program also features a work by NYC-based Missy Mazzoli for solo viola and pre-recorded audio, called “Tooth and Nail.” San Diego Symphony principal violist Chi-Yuan Chen will be performing this San Diego premiere of this piece. Mazzoli has been hailed as one of the top female composers in the country by The Washington Post. Her work was recently presented by the San Diego Symphony and featured on the popular series, Mozart in the Jungle.

Art of Élan’s ensemble-in-residence, 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.

On May 16, NOW Ensemble will be in Tijuana, working with students at the Centro de Artes Musicales and will be giving a short performance there for the students and families.

On May 17, NOW Ensemble will be performing “Bruja” once again (Tijuana premiere), as well as collaborating with Cuatro para Tangoata for a special performance at the Playas Cultural Center. The concert is at 7 pm and tickets are sold at the door.

The San Diego Museum of Art Concert Series Finale  

May 15, 2018, 7 pm, Museum Rotunda

$40 member | $45 student, senior, military | $50 general admission


Tickets on sale at www.sdmart.org

More info at  www.artofelan.org 



Upcoming Art of Élan Concert @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown Art of Élan presents “Undone”

May 29th, 7 pm -Tickets are $10 for MCASD Members; $15 for non-members and FREE for all MCASD X-set Members
Concert Information

Art of Élan by the Numbers – 2006-2018

  • Performed 75 public concerts
  • Showcased 192 Musicians
  • Presented 17 world premieres of commissioned works
  • Participated in 15 unique, cross-disciplinary and collaborative productions
  • Completed 3 residency programs in National City at A Reason to Survive (ARTS) including 21 world premieres by Young Artists in Harmony students.
  • Produced 57 live concert recordings on Instant Encore, which have been streamed over 58,000 times in 27 different countries around the world

Established countless new relationships with the adventurous music and art lovers of Southern California

For the past 10 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. For more information:  www.artofelan.org

For 15 years, A Reason To Survive (ARTS) has helped youth reach their full potential through experiences in the arts. Free classes in Visual, Performing, Media Arts, and Maker and an on-site resource network of support services like mental health and wellness counseling, college and career advising, and leadership coaching are available to students ages 11-22. ARTS is also a key partner working with National City toward their goal of establishing a safe and vibrant arts and culture district, with the ARTS Center serving as a hub of community creativity in one of San Diego County’s most underserved communities. ARTS’ goal is not to simply train new generations of artists, but rather to inspire future generations of innovative, empathetic, and visionary creators who will reinvest in their communities and make the world a better place for all of us. For more information: areasontosurvive.org

About Bread and Salt .. Located in a building dating to 1896 in what used to be the Weber’s Bread Factory, Bread & Salt is a small art gallery named after its bakery heritage. This is a place where artists move in to showcase their work as a part of the project known as Bread & Salt. breadandsaltsandiego.com

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 hopes to engage and energize audiences in new ways. 

 To further engage new, young audiences, Art of Élan concerts are available via download at Instant Encore   




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