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!

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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Diamond Arts Heroes: Become a member; upcoming art and music programs

We’ve been quiet over here for a while, but we’ve missed all your smiling faces. January and February are the planning and grant writing months for WCCMA, but now things are starting to get rolling!

NEW! Become a MEMBER, and get great perks

There are big things coming for WCCMA, and among them is the start of our 10th Season. Can you believe it has been 10 years since the Summer Concert Series began? In honor of the big things to come, we are asking you to help us make magic. Please consider becoming a WCCMA member today. We have special prizes for the first 5 people who sign up as members (if you are mailing in your membership, just send us an email and we’ll get you entered).

We were hoping this roll out would be all celebration, but with recent news about the federal blue print budget we find that these membership will become even more important.  We have been concentrating on a pretty huge expansion coming down the road (we can’t tell you just yet what the details are; you’ll hear more later this year), but if the National Endowment for the Arts is eliminated WCCMA will be hurt badly. As it stands, in 2016 WCCMA received 18% of it’s annual budget from funds connected to the NEA (through grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts). Nearly all of that money was for youth education programs like our annual taiko residency and music lessons for kids. This year we have, or will, apply for more than double that program funding. That is a pretty huge gap to hurdle. For context, here’s a breakdown of our income sources by percentage that were used to provide programs for 2500+ people, and support 155 artists:

2016 Actual Budget

Business Sponsorships: 18%
Program donations (donations at the door): 9%
Private donations: 9%
Grants and Corporate Contributions: 54%
Fundraising: 11%

If even half the supporters on our mailing list signed up for standard memberships that would go a long way towards helping to preserve the programs you love during this milestone year.

The good news is that we have some swag, so the first 5 new membership registrants will also receive a free gift. It could be a logo bag, a T-Shirt, or some artwork made by workshop participants. Your first chance to use your membership benefits is coming up this month, followed by several more.


Here’s what’s coming up

Folk Art Painting Workshop (3 weeks of sessions)

March 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Union Episcopal Church Hall

Paint your own “funky” wooden organ pipe in the folk art style. Instructor Ernie Perry will lead participants through the process of selecting designs, sketching your idea on the organ pipe, and painting it to it’s final form. The finalpiece makes great wall art for you home.

Classes will be in 3 session:
March 26 at 1:00pm
April 2 at 1:00pm
April 9th at 1:00pm

We are committed to providing access to the arts for all, and not having registration costs be a barrier to participating. Tuition Aid is available upon request, register below and contact melissa@wcc-ma.org

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HopStop: Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble

April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Akwaaba Ensemble brings African drumming and dance to vivid life with the rhythms and styles of different tribal groups from West Africa. The ensemble is led by master percussionist and teacher Theophilus Nii Martey who began studying traditional African music during his childhood in Ghana. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “Welcome” in the Akan language of Ghana. Feel free to get up and move!

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HopStop: Dancers’ Corner

May 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

This White River Junction, VT, dance studio presents dancers of all ages performing their best moves in ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. A fun and easy introduction to the joys of dance for the very young—try it out for yourself and dance along.

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Save the Date! Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon – May 20, 2016 Stay tuned for more information