Summer Concert Series’ 8th Season Schedule announced!

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is pleased to announce the full 2015 Season of the Summer Series at Union Church in Claremont, our 8th Season! This year offers an exciting variety of professional musicians, including returning favorites and new performers to the series. All concerts are open to the public with no required admission, but donations are encouraged to support the series. The series is held at Union Church located at 133 Old Church Rd in Claremont.

_MG_0003Yankee Brass Band
Friday, July 24th, 6:30pm
Outside concert – bring a chair or blanket; rain location inside church
Performed on antique instruments and authentic music scores; an entertaining auditory living-history experience often to a sold-out crowd.

Food will be available to purchase starting at 5:30, and will be available through the concert if weather is good.

_MG_8434From Mediterranean to Caribbean: Classical and New Music
Sunday, August 9th, 3:00pm
Trios, Quintets, and a Micro-orchestra perform works by Azmeh, Lezcano, Mozart, Paganini, and more! Featuring grammy nominated guitarist Jose Lezcano, local flautist Melissa Richmond, and principal violinist of the Walt Disney Orchestra Lisa Ferrigno.

 

Multicultural Buffet Dinner
Saturday, August 15th, 5:30 – 6:45pm
Homemade food from cultures around the world, including Indian, Lebanese, Italian, Korean, American, Mexican, and more. Served buffet style. Adults $10, students $5

_MG_9208Complex Stories, Simple Sounds
Saturday, August 15th,7:00pm
Internationally renowned performers and composers Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano, return to perform their unique fusion of jazz, classical, and world music traditions.


_MG_7480 copyNature, Nymph, and Souls: Music for Voice, Flute, and Piano
Sunday, August 30th, 3:00pm
Works by Strauss, Reinecke, Schubert, and Corigliano featuring performances by Angela Biggs, soprano; Hugh Keelen, piano; Jenna Rae, mezzo-soprano; and Melissa Richmond, flute.

 

The Summer Concerts at Union Church is sponsored by:
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and is made possible through grants from the
        

NH State Council on the Arts and the Claremont Savings Bank Foundation.

WCCMA offers year-round performances, education, and networking opportunities, all with a focus on exceptional talent and learning opportunities being accessible to all. For more information contact melissa@wcc-ma.org.

Summer Lessons are beginning, can you help?

PanpipesThe West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ (WCCMA) Youth Arts Enrichment (YAE) Initiative is making a big impact on the lives of local students this summer. An unprecedented number of youth are participating in lessons this summer, and for many of them this would not be possible without YAE’s financial aid and instrument lending programs that are made possible by donors and grants like a recent Claremont Savings Bank Foundation award. When people think about the big problems that the community struggles with, very few of think of music and arts are one of those opportunities that can be life changing for students of all backgrounds. The mentorship and level of involvement in programs can actually help to improve those difficult areas proactively. For students living in poverty music and arts in particularly may be a source of magic and joy in their lives that puts a larger world at their fingertips, despite a daily life that may include a struggle just to provide basic necessities.

This year more than 20 students have committed to taking summer lessons, attending workshops, playing music with other students, and doing community service to enrich themselves and the community. Studies have shown that youth who participate in music learn vital soft skills that are valuable in for employment later in life, tend to see their academics improve, and tend to be less likely to be involved in dangerous activities. There’s also a belief that these types of programs can contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for some students. Beyond those studies though, if you are there working with children it is easy to see the huge effect. “The kids that we teach are so enthusiastic, and there’s nothing better than seeing their eyes light up when they master a difficult song, or hear a performance that touches their heart. It’s not limited to classical, popular music, jazz, or any single area because it’s about learning and exploring. There are very few ways we can describe it other than magical,” said Executive Director Melissa Richmond.

In the past 4 years the YAE program has been successful in providing instruments and workshops to local schools, and for 2015 the program is projected to have the greatest impact yet through more individual continuous education. The fall will bring high caliber education programs that will be designed to make sure that money will not be a barrier to participation. However, the program’s reach is at great risk. Recent funding cuts have greatly limited the capacity of the program, and a need for additional support has become dire. Of the students participating, nearly 50% need full or partial tuition aid, several need instruments, and some need other accessories. While currently WCCMA has enough instruments for all the participants, some need repairs or to have parts replaced, and they anticipate that this fall they may not have enough instruments or funding to meet the needs of students with no other hope to be able to participate in school programs. “It breaks our heart to think that we may soon have to tell students that so desperately want to have this opportunity – for some an escape from a tough daily life – that we just don’t have the $100 needed to get them what they need,” said Richmond.

Individuals and the community can help bring these youth opportunities that may impact their lives forever though. Monetary donations can be sent to the WCCMA with information available at http://www.wcc-ma.org/donate, and instruments may also be donated. Those wishing for more information about these programs can visit wcc-ma.org, or contact WCCMA at melissa@wcc-ma.org or ph. 802.738.0022.

You are invited to Creative Claremont!

Creative Claremont Downtown Open House
June 2nd, 6pm – 8:30pm
Downtown Claremont, various locations

Join us and welcome visiting arts organizations and businesses from across New England in this casual evening of dining, music, and tours of Claremont spaces. All are welcome to attend, no charge for the event (food and drinks available for purchase). Feel free to join in for some or all!

6:00pm at the Common Man Restaurant (on the deck), with the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Join a table or start your own, place your order if you’d like a bite to eat or a drink. Enjoy great company and location!

6:30pm (@ Common Man) Claremont Community Jazz Band will perform a short concert of swing favorites, and selections from Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite (Commissioned for the Claremont 250th). Performance is free, no purchase required.

7:15pm – 7:50 Meet and Tour – Stop by at the Common Man Inn, Claremont MakerSpace (Sawtooth Building), and Claremont Opera House to learn more about the history of these great gems.

8:00pm at the Visitor’s Center Green: Meet the Artist – Join us for a chat with sculptor Ernest Montenegro by the light of the “ourhandsthenandnow” sculpture he created as part of a commission by the Claremont 250th Celebration

For reservations or questions, contact melissa@wcc-ma.org (suggested, but not required) or 802.738.0022 (leave a message). Organized by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, in collaboration with the City of Claremont, and with thanks to the Common Man Restaurant for hosting dinner and music space.