WCCMA Awarded $400,000 in tax credits from NH CDFA

Dear Friends and Supporters of WCCMA,

I am thrilled to share the great news with you just announced, and to express my gratitude for your support. The Community Development Finance Authority of NH has awarded the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts with $400,000 in tax credits towards the construction and outfitting of a downtown arts center in the heart of Claremont. This project will allow WCCMA to expand programming, particularly youth programming happening after school and during the day, and of more live music experiences. We envision the space to be a true center for creation in Claremont, and to offer a grand new canvas for creative projects on which to be painted – by WCCMA, our students, other organizations, and creative professionals. We will have event, meeting, and culinary rental spaces, as well as practice rooms, rehearsal rooms, and classrooms. It is still early in our construction adventure, completion is anticipated in 2022, but getting there is half the fun (and fun it will be!)

“Our tax credit awardees are leading collaborative, community-based projects to address critical needs in the Granite State that bring together public and private resources to solving local challenges,” commented Katy Easterly Martey, Executive Director, CDFA. “The diversity of projects funded speaks to the many ways our partners are driving forces behind making New Hampshire communities strong, resilient, vibrant places.” Please check out the full press release for then entire $5 mil in awards from CDFA here: http://www.nhcdfa.org/resources/news/236

We are so glad to have you to be a part of our past, present, and future. Music and the arts are a powerful force in any community, and we believe in their transformational potential for youth. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with all of you to create and shape a vibrant downtown arts center.

Melissa Richmond
Executive Director
West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
PO Box 902, Claremont, NH 03743
The 12th Season of the Summer Concert Series is here, keep music live! http://www.wcc-ma.org/programs/summer-concert-series/

Summer Music is on the Horizon!

2019 Concert Series

Of Her and By Her: Music for Piano, Soprano, and Flute

Kirsten Becker, Angela Biggs, and Melissa Richmond

June 1, 1pm: Classical chamber music trio featuring soaring soprano, flute, and piano, and an introduction to the 2019 Summer Season


Bassel and the Supernaturals*

July 15, 6:30pm: Chicago-based funk band with a Syrian soul

Outdoor concert at Broad Street Park


Yankee Brass Band

July 20, 6:30pm: Triumphant horns from America’s Golden Age of band music


Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne, with CityBand*

July 27, 6:30pm: Celebrated artists from “The Art of the Duo” collaborate with the virtuosic CityBand in a high-energy night fusing classical, jazz, and Middle Eastern originals


Aardvark Jazztet *

August 3, 6:30pm: Members of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra play standards from the songbook of the jazz greats


Delphi Trio *

August 24, 6:30pm: Immensely rich classic repertoire and contemporary music by critically acclaimed California piano trio

*Concerts part of the 2-day Music Experience with Saint-Gaudens Memorial (sgnhs.org), and immersive opportunity to explore great artists across 2 days and 2 locations.

Concerts are presented at Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. WCCMA is committed to access to the arts for all; All concerts are by freewill donation.

Saturday: Tanglewood Marionettes at the Claremont HopStop!

May 4, 2019 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Fairy Circus Featuring over 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus showcases turn-of-the-century trick puppetry. “Ooooos” and “ahhhhhhs” will fill the room as puppets dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform and fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The puppets’ astounding moves are accompanied by the music of favorite composers. After the show, the audience are welcome backstage to meet the puppets and puppeteer. Free, no ticket required!

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Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon – a few days left to save $5!

May 18, 2019 @ 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

Join us for a family friendly event including a delicious luncheon, tea, activities, music, games, prizes donated by local businesses, and more! Don’t forget to bring your spring hat. You won’t want to miss the cupcake decorating bar, the photo booth, and the maypole dancing! Soprano Angela Biggs and Pianist Kirsten Becker will perform a festive mix of music, and WCCMA students will perform. Thank you to Century 21 Highview Realty for sponsoring music for this event. Thank you to Home Depot in Claremont for donating the structure of our Maypole.

Doors open at 12, and the event officially begins at 12:30pm.

Previously years we have sold out of tickets, so make sure to buy yours early! You are not required to purchase through Eventbrite, but you must pay in advance in order to reserve your seat/table for the event. Contact us at melissa@wcc-ma.org for alternate options or questions. Tickets: Early Bird (purchased by May 4th): Adults $15, Students $10 Regular Tickets and At-the-Door: Adults $20, Students $15

Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite, through the event page, or through the options found HERE on our donation page

Interested in sponsoring the cupcake bar or other special part of this event? Please contact melissa@wcc-ma.org to learn about sponsorship options.

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