Ensemble Aubade performance Saturday at 7pm!


Join us for a great concert with Ensemble Aubade from Boston on Saturday, and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp! The trio will perform Debussy, Ravel, and Speech (an American composer). Dr. Speech will be in attendance at the concert, and you will be invited to chat with her and the musicians after the concert. Admission is by donation for those able (made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts)

More information HERE

Earlier in the day there will also be an instrumental workshop (flute, harp, and piano) with members of the group and local students and adults. Auditor’s are welcome at this workshop, and a donation of $10 is suggest. More information can be found HERE.

Attention Musicians! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Coming up this coming weekend is the Bach and Beyond: Improv and Composition Workshop. If you are an intermediate level student (approximately 8th grade level, you’ll want to be comfortable with your instrument) through to professional musicians (we’ll have 2 groups), this workshop is for you. If this is not you, but you know someone that would fit that description, please share this with them!

You will have the opportunity to work with brilliant world class musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley, all in a friendly and educational setting. This is a pilot program, and we would love for you to be a part of shaping this project for future musicians from all over North America. This will be an inspiring project, with lots of great local musicians participating. You’ll be able to decide if there’s one area that you’d like to focus on, and get particular attention in that area if you choose.

Check out the full listing for more info on how it will work HERE

If you are not able to attend all 3 days, or are unable to pay the suggested fee, we’d still like to open this project up to you. If you’d like to be a semi-auditor, please also contact us. Email melissa@wcc-ma.org to sign up.

This Weekend’s 250th Events!

You don’t want to miss out on this full weekend of events!

Lecture by Dr. Mark Harvey
October 25th, 2014, 6:30pm
The Moody Building Conference Room,
24 Opera House Sq,
Claremont, NH 03743

A part of Claremont’s 250th celebration: SWINGIN’ ALONG, a talk with recorded musical illustrations, will survey a century of developments in large ensemble jazz.  From Fletcher Henderson’s pioneering 1920s band to the later Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, the many sounds and styles of big bands will be explored.   As a local tie-in, music by the Tommy Dorsey and Duke Ellington Orchestras that once performed at the Claremont Roseland Crystal Ballroom will be heard as well.  This promises to be an enjoyable and informative tour through an important part of the jazz tradition.

Mark Harvey is the founder/music director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and teaches jazz studies at MIT.  He has lectured throughout the United States on jazz and other subjects at colleges, universities, and conferences, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, and the 17th International Duke Ellington Conference.   His essays and articles on jazz have been published as book chapters and in leading journals and anthologies.   With Aardvark, he has presented the music of many luminaries, spanning many decades of the jazz experience.

For guaranteed seating, contact melissa@wcc-ma.org. This program is made possible by the Claremont 250th Celebration Committee, and is facilitated by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. For more information visit: wcc-ma.org or claremont250.com.

Claremont 250th Sculpture Lighting and Birthday Concert
Big Band Panorama: Swing Era Classics to Modern Gems
with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, October 26, 2014
4:00pm Performance at Claremont Opera House
5:30pm Q&A with Dr. Harvey (smaller font)
Reception to follow on the Visitor’s Green
7:00pm Sculpture Lighting Ceremony
at the Visitor’s Green – North Street

Doors open at the Opera House at 3:30pm. Come early to guarantee a seat. Admission is free, donations appreciated.


Flute Workshop and Techniques Demonstration with Peter H. Bloom
Monday, October 27th, 4pm – 6pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Suggested Donation $10

Expert Flautist Peter H. Bloom of Boston will participate in a workshop and advanced techniques demonstration as part of this special program by the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Flautists from beginner students to advanced are invited to sign up to play for Peter (spaces are limited, an additional donation of $10 is suggested for performers) or just come to watch.  Then a demonstration of extended techniques will be offered. All are invited to attend, you don’t have to be a flute player to find this program interesting and educational. For more information or to reserve a spot: melissa@wcc-ma.org