Don’t miss Complex Stories, Simple Sounds tonight!

2014 Season Poster LetterThere’s still plenty of room at the Multicultural Buffet Dinner at 6:00pm, we hope that you will join us for this fundraiser benefiting WCCMA. Some of the items planned for Sunday: Indian Curry, Homemade meatballs with choice multiple sauces (clam pesto, red sauce, white sauce), Korean pancakes, Lebanese Kibbeh, Enchilada, Watermelon Gazpacho, Veggie Lasagna, Meat Lasagna, and more. People rave about this meal homemade by the WCCMA board and our friends. All proceeds benefit our community and youth programs.

Then join us for Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano for Complex Stories, Simple Sounds. Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, and “engagingly flamboyant” by the L.A. Times, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising young stars. His utterly distinctive sound is now fast gaining international recognition. As one of the most eclectic talents of Canada’s new generation, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne was recently praised by the CBC as an artist “internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity as a musician”. In redefining the sound of the piano he has been captivating audiences with his poetry and imagination. The music, a unique mixture of improvisation, jazz, Arabic and Southeast Asian ideas, may be difficult to describe in few words but is simple for the ear to savor.

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Join us Sunday for Dinner and a Concert!

On July 20th the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts will present an intimate evening concert with Sri Lankan pianist and composer Dinuk Wijeratne and Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmehas part of their popular Summer Concert Series at Union Church. This performance is by donation and will be preceded by a Multicultural Buffet Dinner. All proceeds benefit the WCCMA youth and community programs, tickets are $10 when reserved in advance (email melissa@wcc-ma.org). Click here for info about the concert.

Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, and “engagingly flamboyant” by the L.A. Times, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising young stars. His utterly distinctive sound is now fast gaining international recognition. As one of the most eclectic talents of Canada’s new generation, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne was recently praised by the CBC as an artist “internationally respected for his virtuosity and sensitivity as a musician”. In redefining the sound of the piano he has been captivating audiences with his poetry and imagination. The music, a unique mixture of improvisation, jazz, Arabic and Southeast Asian ideas, may be difficult to describe in few words but is simple for the ear to savor.

In recent years they have been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, and across the Middle East, Europe, and Canada.  This upcoming concert in the historical church building will offer a unique intimate concert setting with excellent acoustics.For more information about the artists: kinanazmeh.com; dinukwijeratne.com.

Summer Concert Series Announced!

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Union Church, and look forward to seeing you there!

Lyle Michaud, Piano
Sunday, June 29 – 4:00pm
Performance of classical piano repertoire, original compositions and arrangements by Lyle Michaud. With special guests.

Multicultural Buffet Dinner Sunday
Sunday, July 20 – 6pm
Sample homemade food from cultures around the world, including Indian, Lebanese, Italian, Korean, American, Mexican, and more. Adults – $10, under 13 – $5.00.

Complex Stories, Simple Sounds
Sunday, July 20 – 7:30pm
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano, present a beautiful and at times haunting performance of their unique fusion of jazz, classical, and world music traditions.

Jose Lezcano, Guitar, and Friends
Sunday, August 10th - 4:00pm
Performance by Grammy nominated composer Jose Lezcano, string quartet and flute. Pieces by classical composers and Jose Lezcano. Summer Picnic Dinner to follow.

Melissa Richmond, Flute
Saturday, August 23rd – 4:00pm
Performance of French art songs, and classical repertoire. With Special Guest Angela Biggs, soprano.