Art of Élan classical approach: experimentation, relaxed vibe

Posted on: November 28, 2016

“Food trucks, art studios and hip-hop aren’t often associated with classical music,” writes Beth Wood in Wednesday’s (11/23) San Diego Union-Tribune. “But they will all come together Tuesday evening when the ever-adventurous Art of Élan presents Crossfire @ The Glashaus, a series now in its fifth year. At the concert, food and drink will be on sale and the warehouse’s artist studios will be open.… AJ Nilles … will premiere his piece ‘Beat Suite No. 2.’ … When he isn’t composing or performing his own music, Nilles plays viola for the … Berlin Philharmonic…. The second half of the evening features pieces from the album ‘Corps Exquis,’ or ‘Exquisite Corpses,’ by Daniel Wohl [blending] acoustic and electronic instrumentation. Art of Élan’s executive director, Kate Hatmaker, [is a violinist in the] San Diego Symphony…. A goal of Art of Élan, Hatmaker explained, is to demonstrate that classical music is alive and thriving…. ‘This is the edgiest and most experimental event we present,’ Hatmaker said…. ‘People who live in the barrio come; artists with galleries at the Glashaus bring their friends. It’s more diverse and there’s a lot of socializing…. There’s a lot less formality at these events.’ ”

Posted November 28, 2016