November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church
A special acoustic performance by Chicago’s Bassel and the Supernaturals, and benefit for WCCMA. Your ticket includes an exclusive ticket to the event and lunch after the concert. The lunch includes a cup of chowder (fish or corn), sandwich (tuna, ham, or egg), and choice of dessert. WCCMA Members get a $5 discount off the general admission (email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your discount ticket). Tickets at the door are $25. Please RSVP in advance, we have a minimum required attendance to offer this event. _____________
Chicago’s popular indie-funk band and SXSW performer returns with a 7 piece band for a special Sunday morning benefit concert of soul in Claremont. Bassel & The Supernaturals is an eclectic ensemble based in Chicago, IL led by the soulful vocals of Syrian-American songwriter Bassel Almadani. Their music combines soul, jazz, and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, corporate life, and a war in Syria that has directly affected Bassel’s family along with over 10,000,000 others. In addition to their invigorating live performances across the country, Bassel offers humanitarian seminars in regards to Syria and current issues facing Arabs & Muslims in the US.
Don’t miss tonight’s performance by award winning performers and composers Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne! The concert begins at 6:30 (by donation), and a Multicultural Buffet with all sorts of tasty foods will be at 5:30 before the show ($10 for adults).
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.
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.
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!
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.