Kick off 10th Season, HopStop Saturday, and more!

Kick off WCCMA’s 10th Anniversary with Grammy winner Kinan Azmeh and his CityBand

Celebrate the kick off of the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ 10th Season with Kinan Azmeh and his CityBand. The NYC based band of well-travelled musicians stop in Claremont on April 19th at 6:30pm at WCCMA’s main performance space at Union Episcopal Church. Admission is by donation, and contributions are vital to WCCMA’s operations and expansion on this 10th Season. For more information click here, or see below

Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times, “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained wide-spread international recognition. Kinan has appeared worldwide as a soloist, composer and improviser. He is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and won a Grammy this year as a performer and artist on their recent album “Sing Me Home.” Kinan was featured in the recent documentary “The Music of Strangers” directed by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), that was released in June 2016. He has performed with some of the great musicians of our time and in many of the most famous venues in the world.

Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. With this New York ensemble, Azmeh strives to reach a balance between classical music, jazz, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Azmeh’s expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna’s rustic guitar, soaring at times over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield’s percussion and Josh Myers’ double bass. Each band member has come from varied backgrounds to add their personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience. The quartet has toured the US, France, England, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Lebanon,and Turkey.


Applications for the InterArts Summer Camp now open!

July 11, 2017 @ 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church

A Multidisciplinary program for artists of all types, and a new take on our Summer Camp program from last year. Come together to create art and a vaudeville production! Whether you want to be a soloist or help behind the scenes, there’s a way for you to be a part of the show. For middle through high school students.

For Information and PDF Application: www.wcc-ma.org/InterArts

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Tickets now on sale for the 4th Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon

Buy yours early before they sell out! Click here for info


UPCOMING EVENTS

HopStop: Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble

April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Akwaaba Ensemble brings African drumming and dance to vivid life with the rhythms and styles of different tribal groups from West Africa. The ensemble is led by master percussionist and teacher Theophilus Nii Martey who began studying traditional African music during his childhood in Ghana. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “Welcome” in the Akan language of Ghana. Feel free to get up and move!

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Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand – Season 10 Kick-off

April 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church

Celebrate the kick off of our 10th Season with Kinan Azmeh and his CityBand.

Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike.

 

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HopStop: Dancers’ Corner

May 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

This White River Junction, VT, dance studio presents dancers of all ages performing their best moves in ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. A fun and easy introduction to the joys of dance for the very young—try it out for yourself and dance along.

 

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4th Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon

May 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM at Union Episcopal Church

Join us for a family friendly event including a delicious luncheon, tea, activities, music, games, prizes, and more! Don’t forget to bring your spring hat for the hat parade.

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Be our hero!

Diamond Arts Heroes: Become a member; upcoming art and music programs

We’ve been quiet over here for a while, but we’ve missed all your smiling faces. January and February are the planning and grant writing months for WCCMA, but now things are starting to get rolling!

NEW! Become a MEMBER, and get great perks

There are big things coming for WCCMA, and among them is the start of our 10th Season. Can you believe it has been 10 years since the Summer Concert Series began? In honor of the big things to come, we are asking you to help us make magic. Please consider becoming a WCCMA member today. We have special prizes for the first 5 people who sign up as members (if you are mailing in your membership, just send us an email and we’ll get you entered).

We were hoping this roll out would be all celebration, but with recent news about the federal blue print budget we find that these membership will become even more important.  We have been concentrating on a pretty huge expansion coming down the road (we can’t tell you just yet what the details are; you’ll hear more later this year), but if the National Endowment for the Arts is eliminated WCCMA will be hurt badly. As it stands, in 2016 WCCMA received 18% of it’s annual budget from funds connected to the NEA (through grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts). Nearly all of that money was for youth education programs like our annual taiko residency and music lessons for kids. This year we have, or will, apply for more than double that program funding. That is a pretty huge gap to hurdle. For context, here’s a breakdown of our income sources by percentage that were used to provide programs for 2500+ people, and support 155 artists:

2016 Actual Budget

Business Sponsorships: 18%
Program donations (donations at the door): 9%
Private donations: 9%
Grants and Corporate Contributions: 54%
Fundraising: 11%

If even half the supporters on our mailing list signed up for standard memberships that would go a long way towards helping to preserve the programs you love during this milestone year.

The good news is that we have some swag, so the first 5 new membership registrants will also receive a free gift. It could be a logo bag, a T-Shirt, or some artwork made by workshop participants. Your first chance to use your membership benefits is coming up this month, followed by several more.

 

Here’s what’s coming up

Folk Art Painting Workshop (3 weeks of sessions)

March 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Union Episcopal Church Hall

Paint your own “funky” wooden organ pipe in the folk art style. Instructor Ernie Perry will lead participants through the process of selecting designs, sketching your idea on the organ pipe, and painting it to it’s final form. The finalpiece makes great wall art for you home.

Classes will be in 3 session:
March 26 at 1:00pm
April 2 at 1:00pm
April 9th at 1:00pm

We are committed to providing access to the arts for all, and not having registration costs be a barrier to participating. Tuition Aid is available upon request, register below and contact melissa@wcc-ma.org

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HopStop: Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble

April 8, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

The Akwaaba Ensemble brings African drumming and dance to vivid life with the rhythms and styles of different tribal groups from West Africa. The ensemble is led by master percussionist and teacher Theophilus Nii Martey who began studying traditional African music during his childhood in Ghana. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means “Welcome” in the Akan language of Ghana. Feel free to get up and move!

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HopStop: Dancers’ Corner

May 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Claremont Savings Bank Community Center

This White River Junction, VT, dance studio presents dancers of all ages performing their best moves in ballet, jazz, hip hop and more. A fun and easy introduction to the joys of dance for the very young—try it out for yourself and dance along.

More information

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Save the Date! Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon – May 20, 2016 Stay tuned for more information