Join the Museum for a variety of musical performances, from classical music in the galleries to weekly jazz performances at Panama 66.

Art of Elan

The Art of Elan concert series aims to bring the excitement of classical music to diverse audiences through innovative, one-hour programming in unique performance venues. The partnership with The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park has brought a distinctive visual and musical experience to the Museum galleries.

Season 13, titled Hear & Now, focuses on contemporary culture and the importance of cultural context in uniting an increasingly diverse, complex, and changing world. The timeless music of J. S. Bach weaves in and out of a season that highlights music from a wide variety of composers and time periods, including several San Diego premieres. The San Diego Museum of Art concert series includes two free pop-up performances in addition to three gallery seated concerts that showcase the music of Missy Mazzoli, Darius Milhaud, Claude Debussy, and J. S. Bach, among others. 

Tuesday, November 19
Art of Elan: In Spite of All This

Friday, January 10 
Art of Elan: Abstract Revolution (Free pop-up concert)

Friday, February 7 
Art of Elan: Dream of Spring (Free pop-up concert)

Tuesday, March 10 
Art of Elan: Observations

Tuesday, May 5 
Art of Elan: Impressions

Learn more about Art of Elan 


Every Wednesday, Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions Series and Jazz Jam series in the James S. Copley Auditorium or at Panama 66 in the Museum’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court.

Panama 66 Performances

Visit the page for Panama 66, the restaurant and bar in the Museum’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court, for more information on live musical performances there.

Exhibition Concerts

Throughout the year the Museum presents musical performances inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibitions on view. These programs take place in galleries and throughout the Museum.

December Nights Concerts

Each year, the Museum features free performances in the Fitch Gallery (Gallery 16) in connection with the annual Balboa Park December Nights celebration. Stay tuned for more details on 2017 programming.

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