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Art of Élan Kicks off 2010 with Picasso inspired evening

(SAN DIEGO) For the past two years, Art of Élan, a chamber music organization, has been pioneering unique chamber music events and bringing back the excitement of classical music.

Led by the San Diego Symphony’s violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist, Demarre McGill, Art of Élan breaks down the barriers surrounding classical music through its innovative, one-hour programming, and ultimately educates and cultivates a future generation of classical music lovers.

Currently half way through its third season, entitled "Fantasia," Art of Élan continues its partnership with the San Diego Museum of Art, offering concerts that explore the idea of fantasy in both visual art and music. Each program, held in the intimate Hibben Gallery, offers a wide variety of exciting classical repertoire and promises to provide an engaging experience for the listener, drawing inspiration from works in the museum’s collection.

The first concert of 2010 “Shades of Affection,” will take place on January 12 and is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Painter and Model III.” It will feature a wide variety of musical stories of love and lust. From a work that invokes images of romance to a piece written for a deceased loved one, music will prove to be an appropriate vessel for expressing the many shades of affection. The program will include “Life Story,” inspired by the sultry vocals of Billie Holiday and written by the exciting British composer Thomas Ades, the fiery “Four for Tango” by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla and Rachmaninoff’s “String Quartet No. 1.”

All concerts are followed by “Encore at The Prado” where the audience is invited to join the musicians for food, drink and conversation. To further engage new, young audiences, Art of Élan concerts are also available for downloading online.