Kick off the Summer with with the Arts this weekend!

This weekend is a busy one for us, and we hope to see you for some fantastic events!

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Friday June 24th violin concert by Alessandro Cazzato at WCCMA is cancelled. Please join us for our next performance on July 9th at 7pm for Qais Essar, rabab, and Amit Kavthekar, tabla, for their contemporary approach to the classical music of Afghanistan, and a rare opportunity to experience these fascinating instruments.

Thursday: Rehearsal begin for the Claremont American Band – First concert June 30th on the Bandstand

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Directed by Ed Evensen, a program of Claremont Parks and Recreation

Info hosted by WCCMA can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Help support our facility with delicious food!

StrawberryFestival2016Strawberry Festival at Union Church
Saturday June 25
Union Episcopal Church Hall, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont

A tradition for over 60 years. Come enjoy homemade Norwegian meatballs from our secret recipe, and fresh strawberry shortcake with NH strawberries. The meal is served family style, and also includes homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, beets, and coleslaw. Coffee, tea, milk, and other beverages are served. Orders for take out meals are welcome. Three seatings are available: 5PM, 5:45PM, 6:30PM

Adults: $10.00
12 and under: $5.00
Preschoolers FREE

Sunday: WCCMA’s Youth Voices student ensemble performs at the Unveiling of the Standing Lincoln at St. Gaudens

Saint Gaudens Historical Site in Cornish has a wonderful afternoon of activities and an unveiling of the new 12 foot Lincoln Statue! The ceremony begins at 2pm (some activities begin earlier). For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/saga/learn/news/Lincoln.htm

WCCMA is thrilled to be a part of this celebration, and has gathered a wonderful ensemble of young singers and instrumentalists to perform “America the Beautiful” in honor of the occasion. Directed by Melissa Richmond, with professional support from vocalist Angela Biggs, and accompanist Chris Cheon, the ensemble includes 8 students from across the region. With thanks to our participants:

Youth Voices Ensemble
Matthew Eagan
Amanda Paccione
Sydney Paccione
Bethany Perry
Nora Perry
Caitlin Reichert

Riley McFarland and Mariauna King, flutes

with Chris Cheon, guitar
Angela Biggs, vocal advisor
and Melissa Richmond, director

Season of Thanks: Happy Holidays!

WCCMA is passionate about celebrating a variety of cultures and traditions. This year we were able to bring back favorite and new programs to help the community get in the holiday spirit. As you celebrate this season, all of us here at WCCMA are wishing you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

a few students and faculty from the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts walked around downtown Claremont spreading holiday cheer through music and carols. They visited Pathway's participants during their lunch at Trinity Church, the Post Office, Revolution Cantina, outside Violet's Bookstore, and Stone Arch Bakery. Students included Riley McFarland, Mariauna King, and Hayley Valdivia. Faculty included Angela Biggs, Chris Cheon, and Melissa Richmond

a few students and faculty from the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts walked around downtown Claremont spreading holiday cheer through music and carols. They visited Pathway’s participants during their lunch at Trinity Church, the Post Office, Revolution Cantina, outside Violet’s Bookstore, and Stone Arch Bakery. Students included Riley McFarland, Mariauna King, and Hayley Valdivia. Faculty included Angela Biggs, Chris Cheon, and Melissa Richmond

Video not showing up? Click here to view the Carol of the Bells by WCCMA students’ flute ensemble!

Members of the Drawing Club decorated Gingerbread Houses made by Union Church. The Houses were on display at WCCMA's Baking Competition, Stone Arch Bakery, and will be at the Claremont First Night Celebration at the CSB Community Center.

Members of the Drawing Club decorated Gingerbread Houses made by Union Church. The Houses were on display at WCCMA’s Baking Competition, Stone Arch Bakery, and will be at the Claremont First Night Celebration at the CSB Community Center.

We’d like to thank all of you for your time, love, and support this year, and in years to come. If you would like to make a donation to help support our work, you may click HERE.

Season of Thanks: Smiles and Giggles

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

Children dancing, singing, and laughing at the Claremont Hopstop , Photo by Rob Strong

Welcome to the first post in our new series, the Season of Thanks, we’ll be posting 1-2 times per week through New Years Day to share with you why we are thankful for you! Please consider making a donation to support our continued work in the community, click here

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Audience at Little Red Riding Hood the Opera, performed by Opera North

Happy Thanksgiving! What better way to kick of the Holiday Season than by starting this blog series today. We are thankful each and every day for you, and we are so happy to share with you the wonderful things we accomplish in the community because of you.

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Festive Hats worn by children at the Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon

Thank you for making it possible for us to work with these glorious, inspiring young people, and hundreds of others.

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A young piano student performs at the Firehouse Six holiday performance.

Thank you for helping to make it possible for local students to have a place to grow, perform, and experiment with music, and for helping to fund programs for students in poverty to have access to everything we offer.

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

Acclaimed musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley work with music students during The Bach Tree Workshop.

Thank you for giving them access to incredibly talented artists from around the world, and supporting our Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative to give access to all, regardless of income.

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Audience for the Burlington Taiko student recital, and performance

Thank you for being there to enjoy their journey along with us!

Please help us continue spreading smiles and giggles by donating to WCCMA. We deliver high caliber programs in true yankee frugal style, but we need your help to keep these programs alive. If you would like to make a donation to the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, please visit www.wcc-ma.org/donate, or contact melissa@wcc-ma.org. Donations are tax deductible, and come with an unlimited supply of joy and smiles delivered all year long.

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