Concerts and Harp workshop this month!

Don’t miss out on WCCMA’s upcoming events:

Melissa Richmond, fluteFlute performance: Melissa Richmond and friends
Saturday, August 10th, 2013 – 3pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, West Claremont, NH
For more info, click HERE

Claremont resident and native Melissa Richmond will perform a selection of popular flute repertoire as well as special contemporary music as part of the West Claremont Center for Music and the Art’s Summer Concert Series. Guest performers will include soprano and harper Angela Biggs, Chris Cheon on piano, and a special youth performer. Admission is free, donations encourage. More info: or 802.738.0022

Final concert of the 2013 Summer Concert Series:

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The Olmsted Ensemble

European and American Masters: Music by Mozart, Arriaga, and Charles Hommann
Peter H. Bloom, flute; Brian Clague, violin;
Jennifer Shallenberger, viola; Timothy Roberts, cello

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 03743
Donations welcome.

This performance by the Acclaimed Olmsted Ensemble will include the dramatic, rarely-heard Quartet in D Minor by American composer Charles Hommann (1803-1872?); Quartet No. 1 in D Minor by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826), a Spanish violinist and composer whose precocious career was cut short when he died at age 19; and Mozart’s beloved D Major Quartet (K. 285), one of the masterworks of the literature.

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts

Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.

Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.

Beginner Harp Workshop
August 28th, 2013
7pm and 7:45pm(2 Sessions)
To register:
Join us for an opportunity to try out the harp, participate in a group lesson, and discover just how fun and easy it can be. Instructor Angela Biggs (soprano and harper) performs and teaches in Claremont and the wider area. In this class you will be able to get a basic introduction, as well as having the option of continuing on through private instruction, or with group workshops through WCCMA.

RSVPs are required by August 26th, space is limited, but additional sessions will be added if demand is sufficient. Email (prefered) or ph. 802.738.0022. If you have done a beginner workshop in the past, let us know, and we’ll do our best to put you in the next step up group. Admission is by donation. For more info:

If you are unable to attend this workshop, but would be interested in attending on another date, please also let us know!

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers' and Artisans' Market in September.

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in September 2013.

First Thursdays Music Series: Burlington Taiko
September 5th, 4:00 – 7:00pm
Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market
Broad St Park, Claremont

Performance and free workshop of Japanese Taiko Drumming – this event was hugely popular last year! Stay tuned for the schedule for the day so you can plan your shopping at the market. This program is provided by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, and made possible in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Claremont Parks and Recreations, and the Claremont Farmers’ Market Association.


In other news…

Thank you to Century 21 Highview Realty for their continued sponsorship of WCCMA, we are honored to have your support!

Thank you to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation of the Arts for their grants that make several of our big projects possible. Their supports funds the Olmsted Ensemble, this year’s Burlington Taiko Claremont Residency, a new Community Jazz Band, drawing/sculpting workshops, harp workshops, and more!

Upcoming music in Claremont

June in Claremont will offer some fun music, and none of it requires a big ticket price! This Thursday June 13th accordian play Walter Gomez will perform at the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, and the following week on June 20th Harper Angela Biggs will perform and lead harp demonstrations. The Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is an excellent way to take in the work of local artists (the Claremont Arts Market brings juried artists), buy local produce and food (both arts of their own!), and enjoy music in the heart of Claremont’s Broad Street Park.

The last Wednesday in June we will also reprise the Beginner Harp Workshop. This popular workshop offers a hands on opportunity to explore the harp. Music experience is not required, and the instruments will be provided.

Also don’t forget to stop by the WCCMA website, where you can find out all about the upcoming Summer Concert Series performances!

Taiko Japanese Drumming workshop

Explore the entertaining and fun Japanese drumming tradition of Taiko at the First Thursday Music Series of the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market!

Taiko Drumming Performance and Workshop
by Burlington Taiko Group
Thursday, Sept 6th: 4-7pm – Broad St Park

Award-winning Burlington Taiko Group offer this chance for all to hear and try Taiko Drumming. All ages are welcome to participate in this free program. This event is made possible through the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts ( with funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts. For more info click here or to join the event on facebook click here. This event is presented by WCCMA through a collaboration with the Claremont Farmers’ Market Association, and Claremont Parks and Recreation.

Rain location for the Taiko Workshop tomorrow will be the Zotto Gym (behind the Post Office), but hopefully we won’t need it! Thanks to Claremont Parks and Recreation.

Check them out in action on youtube!