Fun and Games to support the Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative!

On April 23rd friends of WCCMA will be organizing a Video Game Racing Tournament and Family Fun Night! This event is a fundraiser for our youth programs, and should be a fun evening out. You can check out the full details HERE.

There will be no fee for spectators. Feel free to bring the whole family, bring your Nintendo DS/3DS to play multiplayer games, or even bring your favorite board game.

Competitors: There will be great prizes at this event, donated by local businesses. The winner of the Tournament will get prizes valued at a minimum of $50. We are still collecting donations, so stay tuned for more info on the prizes! Register here: wcc-ma.org/register
A limited number of participants can enter, so register early to save money and guarantee your spot!

Can’t make it, or want to make a donation as an individual or business? Please contact melissa@wcc-ma.org.

2-week Harp workshop and Castlebay Performance!

Join the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA) for two harp workshops on Thursdays April 10 and 24, 6:30-7:15p! No musical experience necessary, and you’ll learn everything you need to know to play harp in the Campfire Songs workshop with Maine harping/storytelling duo Castlebay on Saturday, April 26. Workshops are cumulative and there are only five harps available, so a firm commitment is required. Fee is by donation, suggested $5 per class; at the end of the first class, you’ll have the chance to rent your harp so that you can practice at home. To register contact angela.biggs@gmail.com, or call 603-558-8174. For more information, click HERE.

All are welcome at the Castlebay concert Saturday, April 26 at 4pm. The concert will be followed by an al fresco dinner (weather permitting), then a Campfire Songs workshop at 6:30 which is open to all singers, dancers, whistlers, puppeteers, and other fun-lovers! No advanced preparation is necessary for this workshop, unless you would like to join in on harp and don’t play it yet. For more about Castlebay, visit castlebay.net.

@WCCMA: Opera North performs Little Red Riding Hood

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts is pleased to be hosting the Opera North performance of Little Red Riding Hood on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:30pm as part of their the Opera North Spring 2014 tour. This performance is specifically offered for homeschool children/families and other youth (suggested for ages 5 and up). It is also open to the public with seating preference given to youth and family groups. Admission is free. The presentation will be offered in the historic Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH. RSVP to melissa@wcc-ma.org to reserve a space (suggested). For more information click HERE.

Little Red Riding Hood (libretto by the composer, Seymour Barab, 1962, based on the original fairy tale) is an operatic rendition of the classic children’s tale, and will be performed by three singers from Opera North’s Young Artist program, complete with costumes, a pianist, a set, and props in this 30-minute show of Little Red Riding Hood. Opera North (ON) has found that especially young audiences are immediately engaged if the content is familiar.  While enjoying an opera sung in English, children will be exposed to both non-amplified classical music and singing. This combination is becoming increasingly rare for school children in an era where arts funding has been radically cut. Students will also have a chance to meet the Young Artists and ask questions at the end of the performance.

ON, based in Lebanon, NH,  engages artists, audiences, and the community in the experience of classical music theater in an intimate setting. Opera North is the Northeast’s premier summer opera festival, with a proud track record of presenting high-quality productions in the intimacy of the 710-seat Lebanon Opera House, and of serving as a career launching pad for Young Artists. Opera North can be found online at: www.operanorth.org

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, currently entering their 7th year, brings professional music and arts experiences, diverse musicians, and educational opportunity to the community of Claremont NH, and wider region. They are committed to offering performances and workshops without charge, enabling everyone in the community to access the arts and their benefits. For more information about WCCMA and the programs: wcc-ma.org