Art of Élan Announces 12th Season of Pioneering Classical: ‘Ways of Listening’

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An Art of Élan museum concert. Courtesy Art of Elan

Art of Élan, the San Diego nonprofit known for its pioneering chamber music concerts, will pay homage to the visual arts in its 12th annual season.

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The theme for the season, announced Tuesday, is “Ways of Listening,” a play on the title of the 1972 BBC series and book “Ways of Seeing” that encouraged a generation to see art differently.

The season features the following three concerts and two pop-up events at the San Diego Museum of Art, as well as three other concerts to be announced later.

  • Collective Memories” — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the museum’s John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda

This kickoff concert is a journey through time and space. It includes Renaissance madrigals sung by members of Bach Collegium, the one-movement “Quartettsatz” by Franz Schubert, a musical tribute to Duke Ellington and a haunting final work, “The Consolation of Rain,” written by contemporary composer David Bruce.

  • Beyond Reason” — 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, in museum’s galleries 4 and 5

The immersive and provocative installations of British sculptor Tim Shaw serve as the backdrop for a program of thought-provoking music of the 21st century. This free pop-up concert will be followed by a screening of the 2002 Irish film “Bloody Sunday.”

  • Loving Vincent” — 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, at a museum location to be announced

This free pop-up concert pays tribute to the influential Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It will be followed by a screening of the 2017 experimental drama “Loving Vincent.”

  • Fateful Encounters” — 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, at a location to be announced

This concert will explore the various circumstances life presents, both fairly and unfairly, with music by Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann and famed film composer Nino Rota. It also includes evocative works by innovative young composers Shawn Conley and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

  • On Dry Ground” — 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, in the museum’s John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda

The final concert of the season draws inspiration from the thought-provoking “Homage to the Square: on Dry Ground” by Bauhaus artist Josef Albers with musical works by J.S. Bach, François Couperin, Osvaldo Golijov, Arvo Pärt, Kevin Puts and David Lang.

Tickets for the Art of Élan series be purchased online through the museum.

Art of Élan is supported by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego and the generosity of numerous individual donors and board members.

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