You are invited to Creative Claremont!

Creative Claremont Downtown Open House
June 2nd, 6pm – 8:30pm
Downtown Claremont, various locations

Join us and welcome visiting arts organizations and businesses from across New England in this casual evening of dining, music, and tours of Claremont spaces. All are welcome to attend, no charge for the event (food and drinks available for purchase). Feel free to join in for some or all!

6:00pm at the Common Man Restaurant (on the deck), with the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Join a table or start your own, place your order if you’d like a bite to eat or a drink. Enjoy great company and location!

6:30pm (@ Common Man) Claremont Community Jazz Band will perform a short concert of swing favorites, and selections from Mark Harvey’s Claremont Suite (Commissioned for the Claremont 250th). Performance is free, no purchase required.

7:15pm – 7:50 Meet and Tour – Stop by at the Common Man Inn, Claremont MakerSpace (Sawtooth Building), and Claremont Opera House to learn more about the history of these great gems.

8:00pm at the Visitor’s Center Green: Meet the Artist – Join us for a chat with sculptor Ernest Montenegro by the light of the “ourhandsthenandnow” sculpture he created as part of a commission by the Claremont 250th Celebration

For reservations or questions, contact (suggested, but not required) or 802.738.0022 (leave a message). Organized by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, in collaboration with the City of Claremont, and with thanks to the Common Man Restaurant for hosting dinner and music space.

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!

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: