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 15, titled Regeneration, is dedicated to the revitalization of San Diego’s creative community and the artists and cultural institutions it encompasses. Art of Elan, known for its collaborative spirit and for introducing audiences to the “edges” of classical music, celebrates its 15th season with a renewed commitment to thoughtful programming and intentional community relationships.

The 2021-2022 season boasts a full season of concert offerings, beginning with a live, in-person performance John M. and Sally B Thornton Rotunda in November 2021. In 2022, two additional live, full-length concerts will also be presented inside the Museum.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Art of Elan: Nostalgia

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Art of Elan: Evolution

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Art of Elan: For the Earth

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.

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