NewAm Announces Partnership with Art of Élan

New Amsterdam is excited partner with Art of Élan in 2016-17, a pioneering chamber music series which seeks to bring unique music events and the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences. In advance of the partnership, NewAm will assist Art of Élan with curating for their 2015-16 season, titled "Crossing the Divide," which will feature composers Judd Greenstein, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne. In addition to those featured composers, the partnership will help foster expanded commissioning projects, create greater exposure for Art of Élan's recently established "Ensemble-in-Residence" program and provide increased performance opportunities for NewAm artists.

The first event of the season presented in partnership with NewAm will be on October 13, 2015 at The Glashaus, featuring NewAm's own NOW Ensemble.

On November 3, 2015, the season will continue with Art of Élan's first concert collaboration with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, focusing on composers Judd Greenstein, Anna Clyne and Missy Mazzoli. Greenstein's Change will be performed in its original chamber version on this program before the orchestration (an SDSO Co-Commission) is performed later in that week's Jacobs Masterworks concert.

Art of Élan at the San Diego Museum of Art Photo by William and Sam Zauscher

Art of Élan at the San Diego Museum of Art
Photo by William and Sam Zauscher

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.

Kate Hatmaker says of the partnership: "We are excited about engaging in this bi-coastal conversation with our friends at New Amsterdam Records and New Amsterdam Presents, who share our artistic vision of supporting new music by highly skilled composers and performers who do not adhere to traditional genre boundaries. They, like us, value artistic quality and emotional directness over adherence to current stylistic trends."

For more information on Art of Élan and their events presented in partnership with NewAm, click here.