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 14, titled Transformations, is a journey of discovery – one that offers opportunity for real growth. Art of Elan and The San Diego Museum of Art recognize the power of the arts to be a tool for healing and liberation, and Art of Elan has committed its 14th season to transforming people’s expectations and experiences, as well as providing a bit of inspiration during these challenging times.

The 2020-2021 season boasts a full season of concert offerings, beginning with a concert-length film released to ticket buyers on the night of the previously scheduled November 10 concert, featuring a wide variety of musicians and dancers performing in the empty museum galleries. In 2021, live full length and pop-up concerts return to the Museum.

Tuesday, November 10
Art of Elan: Reflections (Video premiere event)

Friday, January 15
Art of Elan: Identities (Free pop-up concert)

Friday, February 19
Art of Elan: Abstraction and Allegory (Free pop-up concert)

Tuesday, March 16
Art of Elan: Open Air

Tuesday, May 4
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.

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