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Co-founder and violinist Kate Hatmaker shares how she works to bring classical music to modern audiences with her organization.

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Founded by violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist Demarre McGill, Art of Élan has been bringing chamber music to new audiences for a decade now. Three years ago, when the small organization was entering its seventh year, it was featured on Art Pulse TV. See the segment with Kate Hatmaker, and then learn what these music-makers have been up to lately in a Q&A with Kate and Barbarella Fokos, executive producer for both Art Pulse TV and The Artist Odyssey.

BF: It’s been three years since we filmed you, and since then, you’ve had your 10th anniversary! Congratulations. Can you tell us some highlights from the past few years?

KH: Last year (our 10th Anniversary Season) was an incredibly ambitious season for us, both artistically and financially. But in every way it was a huge success, with a fun culminating concert/gala at Qualcomm Hall this past June, where we were able to feature co-founder Demarre McGill and the Myriad Trio in a work we had commissioned specifically for that concert by the young Israeli composer Avner Dorman. It was incredibly humbling to be standing at a 10-year milestone both looking back at all of the fun collaborative projects we’ve been a part of, and looking forward to the community engagement initiatives that I hope will define our next 10 years. Our organization is really becoming a model for how arts organizations can effectively engage the diverse communities they serve, and our brand of presenting exciting classical music that is both accessible and relevant in the 21st century is becoming known even outside of San Diego, thanks to our various commissioning projects and ensemble-in-residence program, which allows us to partner with other artists and arts organizations from around the world.

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