Friday! Windham Orchestra: Classics, Celebration and Claremont

November 14 Poster v7 copyThe Claremont 250th Committee would like to invite you to attend Friday’s concert, as well as a pre-concert lecture with Kinan Azmeh (the composer of the commissioned work for Claremont).

Classics, Celebration and Claremont

Friday, Nov 21, 7:30 pm, Claremont Opera House, Claremont, NH

Saturday, Nov 22, 7:30 pm, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro, VT

The Windham Orchestra is delighted to perform at the Claremont (NH) Opera House as part of that city’s 250th Anniversary celebration and at the Brattleboro Area Middle School (**Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, this is a new venue). Pre-concert lectures will be held on both evenings at 6:30pm. The concerts feature Claremont native Melissa Richmond as flute soloist in the premiere of “Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra”, written specifically for the occasion by Kinan Azmeh. Syrian born Azmeh came to New Hampshire to participate in the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music’s Playing for Peace program and now returns annually as a faculty member there. This concerto inaugurates a series of 4 works by composers with locals ties commissioned in honor of the Orchestra’s 45th season. Two symphonies at the heart of the Classical repertoire, Mozart’s “Paris” and Schubert’s “Unfinished”, complete the program.

Kinan Azmeh Flute Concerto (premiere)
Mozart Symphony No. 31, “Paris”
Schubert Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

The Windham Orchestra invites you to name your ticket price, from $5 to $50, and support the Orchestra as you are able. For tickets and information please call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, or visit To reserve tickets for the Claremont performance email or purchase at the door.

Administrative support for this program proved by WCCMA. We are proud to be a part of this program!

4th Annual Artisan Fair coming Nov 8th and 9th!

2014 NHOpenDoors Poster Letter sm copyThe West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is pleased to announce a selection of the artists and artisans that will have items available at the 4th Annual Local Artisans Fair on November 8th, 10-2pm; and November 9th 11-2pm in the Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. This event is a part of NH Open Doors ( a statewide touring and shopping event. A variety of items, from small to large, will be available to purchase. Fiber arts, pottery, woodworking, sculpted ornaments, watercolor, soaps, and much more. Food will also be available, including Korean BBQ, Norwegian Meatballs, Soup and Bread bowls, and exquisite desserts. Sunday there will be a triangle weaving workshop (to sign up:, and both days at 12pm harper Angela Biggs will perform. Following Saturday’s activities a local student recital will be held at 2pm, featuring local harp, voice, piano, and flute students. Only a few spaces are still available for last minute vendor sign ups. Event info HERE. Here are some of the participants this year:

Galloping Jester LLC:Handspun yarn, fiber goods, and soaps
United Parish Artisans: Hand built pottery, handspun and fiber goods
Robert Dakin Woodworking: Cutting boards, spoons, and more
Honestly Simple Soaps: Soap, lotions, and body products
Country Rag Rugs: Rag rugs and baskets
Max & Ozzie’s: Homemade bags, toys, scarves
Richmonds’ Arts: Woodworking, knit goods, sewn accessories, copper enamel
Korean BBQ: Serving prepared foods: authentic Korean BBQ, burgers, Norwegian Meatballs, and more
Geoffrey Shepherd: Watercolor prints
Atelier Sisk: Professionally Sculpted Ornaments
Becca’s Tasty Treats: Pastries, bread, cheesecake, breadbowls, and more
Cortney Nichols: Eco friendly home goods and gifts

This Weekend’s 250th Events!

You don’t want to miss out on this full weekend of events!

Lecture by Dr. Mark Harvey
October 25th, 2014, 6:30pm
The Moody Building Conference Room,
24 Opera House Sq,
Claremont, NH 03743

A part of Claremont’s 250th celebration: SWINGIN’ ALONG, a talk with recorded musical illustrations, will survey a century of developments in large ensemble jazz.  From Fletcher Henderson’s pioneering 1920s band to the later Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, the many sounds and styles of big bands will be explored.   As a local tie-in, music by the Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington Orchestras that once performed at the Claremont Roseland Crystal Ballroom will be heard as well.  This promises to be an enjoyable and informative tour through an important part of the jazz tradition.

Mark Harvey is the founder/music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz studies at MIT.  He has lectured throughout the United States on jazz and other subjects at colleges, universities, and conferences, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, and the 17th International Duke Ellington Conference.   His essays and articles on jazz have been published as book chapters and in leading journals and anthologies.   With Aardvark, he has presented the music of many luminaries, spanning many decades of the jazz experience.

For guaranteed seating, contact This program is made possible by the Claremont 250th Celebration Committee, and is facilitated by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. For more information visit: or

Claremont 250th Sculpture Lighting and Birthday Concert
Big Band Panorama: Swing Era Classics to Modern Gems
with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, October 26, 2014
4:00pm Performance at Claremont Opera House
5:30pm Q&A with Dr. Harvey (smaller font)
Reception to follow on the Visitor’s Green
7:00pm Sculpture Lighting Ceremony
at the Visitor’s Green – North Street

Doors open at the Opera House at 3:30pm. Come early to guarantee a seat. Admission is free, donations appreciated.


Flute Workshop and Techniques Demonstration with Peter H. Bloom
Monday, October 27th, 4pm – 6pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Suggested Donation $10

Expert Flautist Peter H. Bloom of Boston will participate in a workshop and advanced techniques demonstration as part of this special program by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Flautists from beginner students to advanced are invited to sign up to play for Peter (spaces are limited, an additional donation of $10 is suggested for performers) or just come to watch.  Then a demonstration of extended techniques will be offered. All are invited to attend, you don’t have to be a flute player to find this program interesting and educational. For more information or to reserve a spot: