Upcoming concerts, taiko drumming, and news at WCCMA

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy summer for us at WCCMA. Below you will find the last 2 concerts in this 10th Season of the Summer Concert Series and the Fall residency programs that are swiftly approaching. NOTE: Due to some technical issues and a schedule shift for some of the musicians some of these dates may have changed from listings that you saw previously. Please use these dates and times!


Local Artist Showcase: Works for Voice, Flute, and Piano

September 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church

A performance of Barber, Prokofiev, Chaminade, Faure, and more by Melissa Richmond, flute; Angela Biggs, soprano; and Kirsten Becker, piano.

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HopStop: Modern Times Theater (FREE)

September 9, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Broad Street Park

Old fashioned puppetry and novelty music for families. This husband-and-wife duo from Hardwick, VT, presents old fashioned puppetry and novelty music for families. The two-person orchestra specializes in early jazz music and American folk songs played on the cornet, ukulele, upright bass and bicycle pump. Their original puppet melodramafeatures the misadventures of Mr.Punch, the world’s best-loved and most rascally hand puppet. A completely zany mix of vaudeville-inspired entertainment at its best.

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Taiko Drumming Workshops

September 13-15, 2017 @ 3:30 PM and 6:30 at CSB Community Center

REGISTER with Eventbrite (via the link below), please send us an email if you have any questions about getting on the list! Japanese Drumming Returns to the Claremont area! Stuart Paton of the Burlington Taiko Group of Burlington, Vt will return to Claremont and Charlestown for a special music residency program. This annual program presented by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (wcc-ma.org) is a local favorite, and incorporates school workshops, public workshops, and a big public performance at the end of the program. There is an opportunity for everyone of all age groups to experience this exciting musical experience. Japanese Taiko Drumming is an invigorating ancient Japanese art that incorporates Japanese culture, physical movements, and rhythm. Programs are all by donation, so that everyone in the community can participate without financial barrier. This program was supported in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts New England State Touring programs, the NH State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs will be held around the region including 5th graders in Charlestown, and public programs at the CSB Community Center, and the final performance big at Union Church in Claremont.

Programs will include: Workshops: Learn the art of Japanese Taiko Drumming with Sensei Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group. Each workshop will also have a rehearsal the day of the performance by Burlington Taiko Group. $25 suggested free will donation for afternoon and evening session, choose your donation amount at the Saturday workshop. Ages 10 and up, no experience required. Advanced registration is strongly suggested below, or by emailing melissa@wcc-ma.org

Afternoon Workshop at CSB Community Center, 152 South St, Claremont: Wednesday, Sept 13, Thursday. Sept 14, Friday, Sept 15 at 3:30pm – 5pm

Evening Workshop Location TBA Wednesday, Sept 13 and Friday, Sept 15 at 6:30 – 8:00pm

Burlington Taiko Performance Union Church field, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH Saturday, Sept 16th, 1pm Join participants and members of the Burlington Taiko Group for a can’t-miss performance!

RSVP for the performance here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burlington-taiko-group-performance-tickets-37489326585?aff=ehomecard

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Burlington Taiko Group Performance

September 16, 2017 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church

Join us in the field at Union Church for our Annual Japanese Taiko Drumming performance! This year will feature participants in the taiko drumming workshops, and a performance by a Burlington Taiko Group Trio. You won’t want to miss this annual event.

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Delphi Trio at the Summer Concert Series

September 16, 2017 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church

The Award-winning Delphi Trio from California return to Claremont for a performance of Brahms, Takemitsu, and Beethoven trio works.

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Newmont Band Benefit Concert for WCCMA

October 15, 2017 @ 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church

An entertaining trip through New England via the music of our town bands. Join the Newmont Band for this concert to benefit the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ community and youth programs. Admission is buy donation, so please contribute an amount meaningful to you to help keep music and art alive in our community!

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Be our hero!

Summer Concerts are right around the corner!

The Summer Concert Series at Union Church is how WCCMA began. Founded in 2008, the program slowly grew from concerts, to added educational programs, and ultimately blossoming into an art center. Each summer 3-6 outstanding performances are offered in the historic Union Church building. The facility offers seating for over 150 people, and outstanding acoustics. This year we have partnered with the Saint Gaudens Memorial to offer special “2-day” events, where artists will appear at WCCMA Saturday evenings, and at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Sunday afternoon. This gives you the listener the opportunity to hear a partially different program each day at 2 great historical venues.

July 8* The Art of the Duo Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, Dinuk Wijeratne, piano
A musical fusion of Arabic and south-east Asian elements with classical and jazz idioms

Pre-show: Multicultural Buffet Dinner: 5:30 pm
Featuring cuisine from around the world, including Korean, Mexican, Italian, British, Norwegian, and more! Adults $10

July 22* Bassel and the Supernaturals
Blues and Funk from Chicago

July 29* Aardvark Jazztet
Swing along to music from the Jazz greats

August 26*Jose Lezcano, guitar
Works by Fauré, Piazolla, Lezcano, and more for guitar, flute, and viola

September 9 12PM Melissa Richmond, flute; Angela Biggs, voice; Kirsten Becker, piano. *new time*

September 17 2PM Delphi Trio
Award-winning California trio (piano, violin, and cello)

* Indicates partnered “2-day” concerts with the Saint-Gaudens memorial.

All concerts at 6:30pm unless otherwise indicated

The Summer Concert Series at Union Church is supported in part by grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA.org).

Spring Tea and Luncheon on Saturday: Limited Tickets available!

4th Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon

May 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church

Limited tickets still available, come join us to benefit WCCMA’s community and youth programming. Join us for a family friendly event including a delicious luncheon, tea, activities, music, games, prizes, and more! Don’t forget to bring your spring hat for the hat parade.

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Also coming up: InterArts Summer Camp

July 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church

Registration deadline extended, register now to the the early bird discount! A Multidisciplinary program for artists of all types, and a new take on our Summer Camp program from last year. Come together to create art and music! Whether you want to be a soloist or help behind the scenes, there’s a way for you to be a part of the show. For middle through high school students. Outstanding essays are eligable for a discount towards your registration fee, which will be refunded towards your registration if you paid in advance. If you would like to be considered for a fee waiver or other payment options please use the “Free” registration option.

For Information and PDF Application: www.wcc-ma.org/InterArts

WCCMA’s InterArts Summer Camp is an opportunity for students with an interest in the arts to come together to explore, learn, and create for 3 weeks over the summer. Participants will collaborate to form a multi-disciplinary performance for the public which will be shaped and guided by their talents. Tuesday and Thursday for 3 weeks in July participants will work together to create a vaudeville show that will be performed at the end of the third week.

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