Taiko Returns this week; Sept/Oct’s world of music – right in Claremont!

Burlington Taiko Group Performance

September 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

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. Admission for this event is by freewill donation, suggested at $15 for Adults and $25 for families, or pay what you can. WCCMA is committed to making music and art accessible to everyone in our community, and so we invite you to attend regardless of financial situation.

Burlington Taiko Drumming Residency September 19 – 21 @ CSB Community Center Learn to play the taiko drum in this fun and informative multi-day workshop. Afternoon Workshop: Wednesday – Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Evening Workshop: Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 – 8:00pm. Freewill suggested donation $25. Friday 5pm rehearsal for all drummers who plan to participate in the performance. For information about the Taiko Drumming Workshops held Sept 19-21 please contact melissa@wcc-ma.org.

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HopStop: Mouli Pal and Friends – Dance from India

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at CSB Community Center: City of Claremont

World dance at its best! Assisted by her students, professional performer and educator Mouli Pal introduces the grace and intricacy of classical Indian dances like Bharatanatyam and Odissi. These ancient dance forms are infused with moods and emotions inspired by stories, songs and art from India. Audience members will have the chance to learn and try some simple movement. Programmed in conjunction with Ragamala Dance Company “Written in Water” performing at the Hop on Sep 18 & 19. These free performances are designed to entertain and introduce children ages 3 and up to the world of dance, music, theater and storytelling. The performances are participatory, so come ready to sing, dance and clap along—and bring the whole family!

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Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé

September 26, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts @ Union Church

With his group, Karkadé, Mohamed Abozekry fuses Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions with virtuosity and mystique. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org. Mohamed Abozekry has that rare gift of combining limitless virtuosity with an unbridled imagination. An oud master still in his mid-twenties, Abozerky’s ambitions – to musically interpret the world around him and de-exoticize his instrument – mark him as a polymath of forms. “I never move backwards, but in a circular motion and return to the place I started with more experience.” With Karkadé, Abozekry evokes the hibiscus tea found everywhere in Cairo, and the eponymous French café at which this project was born. He convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, her Sufi calls, and secular poetry, to musically describe a path to an Arab world at peace with its history and turned towards the future. Abozekry “has a stunning command of his instrument, as well as an open ear for other forms.” (PASTE MAGAZINE) The presentation of Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

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Youssra El Hawary Performance

October 8, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

This performance is a part of WCCMA’s fall season of live performances and education, we are committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by freewill donation. For this concert we suggest a donation of $20 Adults, $30 for families, or “pay what you can.” For more information visit wcc-ma.org. Youssra El Hawary’s socially-aware, personal, and original music innovates as much in content as it does in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, El Hawary continues to be a bellwether of everyday life. With charismatic charm, her lithe compositions capture the stories of Cairo, and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin that fuels her distinctive and soulful sound. “Perfect, easy magic. I’m totally hooked on music by this folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but … an accordion.” (NPR’s All Songs Considered) The presentation of Youssra El Hawary is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

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Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio performs globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by Dinuk Wijeratne for piano, upright bass, and percussion. This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, and 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. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $20 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

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The Bach Tree returns!

October 12 – 14

Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants.

October 12th: Participant Introduction and Meet and Greet

October 13 and 14 Workshops Sessions and Showcase. Participates will be placed in groups based on their topic interests and availability.

For more information on this very special workshops, visit: wcc-ma.org/bachtree.

Taiko Drumming, Art Workshops, Music, and more

A busy summer of fall events are coming up! Join us for great music, workshops, and more:

IMG_4631Japanese Sumi-E Brush Painting
At Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont
Sept 11, 1pm – 3pm
Suggested donation: $10

Join us for September’s monthly art project: Sumi-E Painting with instructor Ernie Perry (art teacher in SAU 60). Supplies will be provided, ages 10 through adult are welcome. Advanced registration is requested HERE, or email melissa@wcc-ma.org.

 

Japanese Taiko Drumming 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. Ages 10 and up, no experience required. Advanced registration is strongly suggested by emailing melissa@wcc-ma.org

Afternoon Workshop (tent. location – CSB Community Center):
Wednesday, Sept 14 and Friday, Sept 16 at 3:30pm – 5pm

Evening Workshop at Ahimsa Yoga Studio, 140 North St, Claremont
Wednesday, Sept 14 and Friday, Sept 16 at 7pm – 9pm

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

Taiko Drumming Charlestown all ages workshop
At St. Luke’s Church, 188 Main St, Charlestown, NH (outside on the green)
Saturday, Sept 17th, 11am

Join us for an all ages demonstration and workshop. Come try out the drums, and learn more about Taiko Drumming! Later that afternoon in Claremont you’ll be able to see a full performance of Taiko Drumming.

cropped-MG_7602.jpgBurlington Taiko Performance
Union Church field, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Saturday, Sept 17th, 6pm

Join use with members of the Burlington Taiko Group for a can’t-miss performance! We’ll have food sale at this great annual event.

Claremont HopStops return: Uncle Rock: Rock ‘n’ roll music for young and old
Sept 17, 3pm
Broad St Park, Claremont, NH
FREE

Robert Burke Warren—dubbed “Uncle Rock” by his nephew—gets audiences up on their feet with his rootsy meets rock ‘n’ roll guitar music. This globe-trotting one-man band performs songs with lyrics about monsters, taking naps and recycling set to Buddy Holly and David Bowie-inspired music. Uncle Rock’s dynamic performances have won him fans all over the US, including praise from the Los Angeles Times and the The New York Times. Parents and kids alike will jump, shout and sing along with their newest (and favorite) relative.

Stay tuned for more info coming soon on:

  • Newmont Band Performance on Oct 2nd
  • Jewelry Making Workshop
  • The Bach Tree Musician’s Intensive (student and advanced musician sessions)
  • The Art of the Duo: Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne on October 29th (including the popular multicultural buffet!)

Coming up at WCCMA: German Classical, Sewing, and Harps

Summer is winding down, but there’s a few more weeks of fun before we head towards fall. Join us for the last summer concert of season 9 this weekend, and more hands on activities!

2016 Season Poster LetterSaturday:
The Passion and Turmoil of German Classical
Saturday, August 20th, 7pm

An exploration of rich German compositions for flute, voice, and chamber ensembles of the Classical and Romantic eras performed by Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, soprano; Melissa Richmond, flute; and other special guests. Admission by donation. For more info click here.

 

 

Sunday:

needle-and-thread-1419661Simple Sewing: Learn your machine
Sunday, August 21st, 1pm

Do you need a hand learning the basics of your machine and how to get started sewing? Bring your machine (or rent one of ours) for a tutorial on getting set up, tips for getting started, and an easy project. Suggested donation of $10 includes project materials. Registration required, contact melissa@wcc-ma.org. Click here for more info.

Coming up:

IMG_4446Hand on Harps
Wednesday, August 24th, 6:30pm

Have you always wanted to play the harp, but don’t know where to start? Good news: Claremont’s popular Hands on Harps workshop is back! Join us to learn how to navigate a harp, some harp-y techniques, and play a simple tune.

No music experience necessary. Harps are provided; fee is by donation (suggested $10); class size is limited, and this workshop fills fast. Register by August 22nd: contact Angela at 603-558-8174 or angela.biggs@gmail.com. For more information click here.