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:

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