Taiko Week is Here!

Japanese Taiko Drumming Workshop

Burlington Taiko Drumming Residency October 9 – 11 @ CSB Community Center Learn to play the taiko drum in this fun and informative multi-day workshop.

  • Afternoon Workshop: Wednesday – Friday 3:45pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Evening Workshop: Wednesday and Friday (5:30pm – 6:30pm; Thurs 6:30pm – 8pm)

Saturday 10am rehearsal for all drummers before the Burlington Taiko Group Performance. Freewill suggested donation $25.  Please contact melissa@wcc-ma.org to register.

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Burlington Taiko Performance

October 12, 2019 @ 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

Join WCCMA @Union for an energizing outdoor concert of Japanese taiko drumming with the Burlington Taiko Group and participants in the annual taiko druming residency. Admission is by donation, suggested at $15 for members, $20 nonmembers, $30 for families, and $5 for students.

ABOUT Burlington Taiko Group Since 1987, Burlington Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko.Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of taiko via public performances including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington’s First Night, the Joseph Campbell – Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.In 2001, Burlington Taiko received First Night International’s Prism Award, first place recognition for Most Creative Programming.In 2002 Burlington Taiko participated in its first tour of Japan, performing a series of concerts in the prefecture of Tottori at the Gaina Matsuri in Yonago.The group has been honored 3 times by the International Taiko community having been selected as a feature performer at the 2008 40th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco, the 1999 North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles, and the 1998 30th International Taiko Festival in San Francisco.Burlington Taikois the performance arm of our non-profit entity, Taiko AikoKai New England (TANE). Our mission: to promote the performance and practice of Taiko and provide education about Taiko and Japanese culture.

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Newmont Military Band Concert

October 20, 2019 @ 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at Windsor Common

Join us on Oct. 20th at 2:30 PM on the Windsor Common. The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts in collaboration with the American Precision Museum of Windsor VT will host a concert by the Newmont Military Band, www.newmontmilitaryband.org. This free concert will be performed on late 19th century musical  instruments using original arrangements, and will feature the music of Sousa, Von Suppe, and Bizet. In addition, you will be treated to works of  two Vermont natives, Ezra and Eugene Bagley. Donations at this event support the youth and community programs for the WCCMA. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the American Precision Museum in Windsor VT.

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Concert tonight: Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

Join us tonight, Sept 27, at 6:30pm at @Union, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH for the world-class Dinuk Wijeratne Trio. The Trio perform works by award-winning composer Dinuk Wijeratne. Enjoy sonorities at the intersections of jazz, world, and classical music. Admission is by donation.

For full information visit: http://www.wcc-ma.org/event/dinuk-wijeratne-trio-2/

This concert is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Next Week: Dinuk Wijeratne Trio Performance and Bach Tree Workshop

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

September 27, 2019 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

Vivifying globally-inspired music effortlessly blending Classical, World, and Jazz. Compositions by award-winning composer Dinuk Wijeratne. The Trio are Dinuk Wijeratne (piano, composer), Nick Halley (percussion, hand percussion), and Jon Sutters (upright bass, bass). This performance is a part of the Bach Tree Residency program, and is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. WCCMA is committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation, the suggested freewill contribution is $25 for Adults, $30 for Families, or pay what you can. Contributions can be made at the door, via our Donate page, or through the Eventbrite link. Email melissa@wcc-ma.org if you would like multiple seats or would like to make your contribution at the door. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.

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The Bach Tree: Cultivating Creative and Collaborative Musicians

September 27, 2019 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

Step far beyond the musical page to develop your creative and collaborative skills and amplify your craft. In this program you will work with internationally acclaimed and well-travelled musicians Dinuk Wijeratne and Nick Halley. An intensive workshop using the extraordinary Bach Canons as a foundation for performance, composition and improvisation, with an aim to broaden the skill set and imaginations of all participants. The program combines group and one-on-one learning tailored to the individual’s goals and interests including styles of improvisation, composition, and performance techniques. Participants work on elements of their project in-between meeting times, and the program culminates in a showcase presenting work created during the workshop. Full Program information and schedule can be found at wcc-ma.org/BachTree 

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is funded in part by the Expeditions Planning program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. 

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