Art of Elan to mix music and art at Lux Institute this Thursday (near La Jolla)
If you go
■ What: Art of Elan concert
■ When: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. performance, Thursday, April 4
■ Where: Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas
■ Tickets: $10-$25
■ Contact: (760) 436-6611
■ Website: luxartinstitute.org
By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Elan: It’s French for liveliness, spirit and style. And for the past six years, Art of Elan has been presenting refreshing programs of short, varied, and unusual pieces of chamber music to diverse audiences around San Diego County, most notably with a regular season of concerts at San Diego Museum of Art.
Now, on April 4, they’re coming to Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, using their casually elegant style to provide a soundscape for the haunting pointillist paintings of Lux’s current artist-in-residence, James Chronister. It promises to be a delightful mix of sounds and visuals in the Institute’s striking hilltop setting.
Art of Elan co-founder Kate Hatmaker, who is also a violinist with the San Diego Symphony, says the program will include some of A of E’s “best hits,” and will feature, besides co-founder Demarre McGill (principal flutist with Seattle Symphony) on flute, Pei-Chun Tsai on violin, Travis Maril on viola and Abe Liebhaber on cello.
“People often think of classical music as being so different from the visual art world, but basically we’re all after the same things: to transport people, to express something and to unite people in our humanity,” Hatmaker said. “And the pieces we’ll be playing are colorful works that will transport our listeners to different times and places. The ‘Vjola Suite’ by LJOVA is a particular favorite of ours.”
Never heard of LJOVA? He’s a Russian- born, New York-based violist/composer who writes music for jazz combos, Gypsy bands, and string quartets. And “Vjola Suite” includes some unconventionally titled movements, like “Bagel on the Malecon,” “Crosstown” and “Budget Bulgar.”
The hour-long concert will be preceded by an outdoor reception, which will give audience members a chance to meet the musicians and explore Lux’s natural landscape, before going in to experience what Hatmaker called “an intimate chamber music concert in a visually stunning space.”
“There’s a real synergy that exists when the musicians and audience are placed just a few feet away from each other, especially when surrounded by the works of a fabulous visual artist,” she added.
All this, plus drinks and light refreshments: sounds like a perfect way to spend a spring evening.
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