Compositions Capturing the Stories of Cairo

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Youssra El Hawary Performs Monday

October 8, 2018 @ 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org. Youssra El Hawary’s socially-aware, personal, and original music innovates as much in content as it does in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, El Hawary continues to be a bellwether of everyday life. With charismatic charm, her lithe compositions capture the stories of Cairo, and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin that fuels her distinctive and soulful sound. “Perfect, easy magic. I’m totally hooked on music by this folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but … an accordion.” (NPR’s All Songs Considered) The presentation of Youssra El Hawary is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

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Also coming up:

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $10 Students, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

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Workshop: The Bach Tree – Cultivating Creative and Collaborative Musicians

October 12 – 14, 2018 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

@Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

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Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants. This program will combine group and one-on-one learning tailored to the individual’s goals and interests including styles of improvisation, composition, and performance techniques. Participants will work on elements of their project in-between meeting times, and the program will culminate in a showcase presenting work created in this weekend workshop. Questions? contact melissa@wcc-ma.org Times for this workshop will be set based on participant groups, and generally consist of 2-3 hours per day for each group.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Registration is via the Bach Tree page

Rhythm Workshop: Held at 1:30 on Saturday Oct 13th

 This is open to musicians of any level (ages 10 and up), and is an off the page exploration of types of complex rhythm; great for young musicians! You can also register for this workshop separately via the Bach Tree page.

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