This Weekend: An Inventive Look at Irish Music with NYC duo

Violinist Dana Lyn and Guitarist Kyle Sanna to perform in Claremont and Cornish

New York City’s Dana Lyn, violin and Kyle Sanna, guitar perform their “through the looking glass” approach to traditional Irish music this weekend “The Coral Suite” in the Upper Valley. Performances will be held at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts on Saturday August 4th at 6:30pm, and at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site on Sunday August 5th at 2pm in honor of Larry Nowlan, Jr.

Also coming up: Wednesday 8/8: Bassel and the Supernatural, Friday 8/10: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne

Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers in New York City’s rich musical community and their deep admiration for traditional Irish music. The duo has collaborated with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music, including Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Cillian Vallely, Kevin Burke, and Mick McAuley.

Lyn and Sanna have brought their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the US and Canada. They have taught workshops at the Old Songs Festival, the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Wellesley College, West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, and since 2015 have been residents at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH.

Their second album, “The Great Arc”, is inspired by and concerned with extinct and endangered animal species. The Irish Echo hailed it as “a deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures” and the Dublin-based Grammy-winning singer Susan McKeown called it “sublime”.

Picking up where their last album “The Great Arc” left off, Lyn and Sanna continue their investigation of environmental fragility with “The Coral Suite”: an evocative sequence of Irish tunes that mirrors the life cycles and natural processes that occur within coral reef ecosystems. With the rich vocabulary of Irish melody, and with light boxes featuring Dana Lyn’s artwork, Lyn and Sanna create an audiovisual poem for the reef, paying tribute to its miraculous biodiversity while calling attention to the urgent need for its protection. WCCMA and Saint-Gaudens Memorial are pleased to offer this project as a “Two Day” music experience, with a unique and varied audience experience at each location by the same outstanding musicians.

The performance at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is dedicated to Lawrence J. “Larry” Nowlan, Jr (1965-2013). Larry’s love of the ocean and his passion for human creativity in all media is well-expressed in “The Coral Suite”. Come and remember the sculptural legacy and the humanity of a man known to many in the Upper Valley. Sunday’s performance at the park is free with park admission, and a part of the weekly summer music series provided by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial in partnership with the National Park Service. For more information visit sgnhs.org and nps.gov/saga

Saturday’s performance is a part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church, a music series committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

Music Redefined and Revisited: the 11th Summer Concert Series

WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series Plans to Delight and Inspire

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Art’s Summer Concert Series at the Union Church’s 11th Season brings local, regional, and international artists to the dynamic annual music series. The season will feature artists from New York City, Toronto, Boston, and across NH. From Classical Mozart and Irish music to original compositions that push the boundaries our concept of music collaboration the program is sure to be an engaging adventure for the listener. The Art of the Duo performance’s New Hampshire tour is in collaborations with the Arts Alliance of Northern NH. The performance is made possible in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, 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.

The Summer Concert Series is held at the historical and acoustically outstanding Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd in Claremont. The series is by donation, and while contributions are a vital part of making the series possible, all are welcome regardless of ability to donate. Concerts with an “*” designate performances that are part of the “two day” performance experience in collaboration with the Saint Gaudens Memorial and performed at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Artists will perform varied programs in Claremont on Saturday at 6:30pm and in Cornish at 2pm; a rare opportunity to have expanded access to outstanding touring artists.

 Saturday, June 16 – 1pm — Classical Summer

Music for a Summer Day with Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, soprano; and Melissa Richmond, flute featuring music of Mozart, Schumann, Gaubert, and more. The audience will also have the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming season.

 

 

Saturday, July 21* – 6:30 pm — Music of Mostly Immigrant Countries 

Jose Lezcano, guitar; Virginia Eskin, piano; August Watters, mandolin Music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Calacce, Lezcano, and Beethoven

 

 

 

Saturday, July 28 – 6:30pm— Dana Lyn’s Mother Octopus: Aqualude 

A musical Song of the Sea for violin, cello, clarinet, guitar, and drums

 

 

 

Saturday, August 4* – 6:30pm — The Coral Suite

Dana Lyn, violin and Kyle Sanna, guitar A “through the looking glass” approach to traditional Irish music

 

 

 

Friday, August 10 – 6:30pm — The Art of the Duo 

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano celebrate 10 years at WCCMA, with new works by the acclaimed duo

Reserve your tickets for the Spring Tea and Luncheon!

The weather report is calling for a beautiful spring day on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets left for the spring tea and luncheon. What better way to spend a spring day than with live music, a cupcake bar, a delicious lunch spread, prizes and more? Don’t forget to bring your spring hat for the hat parade, and get ready to join in the Maypole dancing (weather permitting) at the end of the event. Live music will be provided by Angela Biggs, soprano, Kirsten Becker, piano, and students from the studio of Angela Biggs.

A big thank you to Century 21 Highview Realty for sponsoring our event and making live music possible! The Cupcake Bar is sponsored by the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen, and the Luncheon is sponsored by Hanford Supermarket in Claremont and the board and friends of WCCMA.Doors open at 11:30, and the event officially begins at 12:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students. Make sure to reserve your ticket in advance, seating is limited! It’s quick and easy at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-spring-tea-and-luncheon-tickets-44862732641