Coming up: Music for Syria benefit, and Hands on Harps

We are diving right in to January, and will have lots of activities this winter to keep you busy (no need for cabin fever!) Want more updates? Like and follow us on Facebook!

_MG_8538Music for Syria: A Benefit for Refugees
Tuesday, January 12th, 7:30pm
Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Admission by donation

Local Musicians and students come together for this benefit concert for Syrian Refugees in the US and in Turkey. Omar Salem from the Karam Foundation will join us to talk about the work they do, and what is happening currently. Music from Mozart to excepts from our friend, Syrian composer, Kinan Azmeh‘s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (piano reduction by Hugh Keelan). Musicians from Claremont and Brattleboro will come together, including Angela Biggs (voice), Hugh Keelan (piano), Jenna Rae (voice), and Melissa Richmond (flute).

All funds raised at this event will be split between the Karam Foundation (working with refugees in Turkey at the Syrian border), and Catholic Charities resettlement services for Onondaga County NY.

More about the Karam Foundation:

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Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.

Harper Angela Biggs teaches the beginner harp workshop.

Hands on Harps
Thursday, January 28th, 6:30pm
Union Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

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 the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church hall 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 January 26th: contact Angela at 603-558-8174 or Brought to you by the Opus Arts Project through the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.


Hopstop event in Claremont, New Hampshire on Saturday, November 22, 2014.  Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Hopstop event in Claremont, New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 by Rob Strong

Claremont HopStop: Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble (with Swing Dancers!)
Saturday, February 6, 3pm
CSB Community Center

The tremendously popular HopStop FREE Family Shows return from winter break!

Big Band Swing: Get “In the Mood” and ready to “Jump, Jive and Wail” with local jazz musicians and swing dancers. While the music swings, dancers demonstrate their moves. Audience members get an introduction to the sounds and steps so they can keep swinging after the show.


Save the Date:

_MG_0006January 31st, 3pm – Winter recital I: Music for Soprano and Flute
Music performed by Angela Biggs, Soprano, and Melissa Richmond, flute
Admission by donation


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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 to sign up.