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

Art of Élan

The Art of Élan 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 12, called Ways of Listening, explores the various ways we both listen to and process the world around us. With a focus on the contextualization of music—both new and old—Art of Élan’s concerts at the Museum will be tied to a variety of thought-provoking works of art, including the provocative exhibition Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason and the expressive sculptures of Javier Marín.

Tuesday, November 6
Art of Élan: Collective Memories

Friday, January 25
Art of Élan: Beyond Reason (Free pop-up concert)

Friday, February 22
Art of Élan: Loving Vincent (Free pop-up concert)

Tuesday, March 12
Art of Élan: Fateful Encounters

Tuesday, May 7
Art of Élan: On Dry Ground

Learn more about Art of Élan 


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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