The Summer Concert Series at Union Church is how WCCMA began. Founded in 2008, the program slowly grew from concerts, to added educational programs, and ultimately blossoming into an art center. Each summer 3-6 outstanding performances are offered in the historic Union Church building. The facility offers seating for over 150 people, and outstanding acoustics. This year we have partnered with the Saint Gaudens Memorial to offer special “2-day” events, where artists will appear at WCCMA Saturday evenings, and at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Sunday afternoon. This gives you the listener the opportunity to hear a partially different program each day at 2 great historical venues.
July 8* The Art of the DuoKinan Azmeh,clarinet, Dinuk Wijeratne, piano
A musical fusion of Arabic and south-east Asian elements with classical and jazz idioms
Pre-show: Multicultural Buffet Dinner: 5:30 pm
Featuring cuisine from around the world, including Korean, Mexican, Italian, British, Norwegian, and more! Adults $10
July 22* Bassel and the Supernaturals Blues and Funk from Chicago
July 29* Aardvark Jazztet Swing along to music from the Jazz greats
August 26*Jose Lezcano, guitar
Works by Fauré, Piazolla, Lezcano, and more for guitar, flute, and viola
May 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church
Limited tickets still available, come join us to benefit WCCMA’s community and youth programming. 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.
July 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church
Registration deadline extended, register now to the the early bird discount! 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 music! 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. Outstanding essays are eligable for a discount towards your registration fee, which will be refunded towards your registration if you paid in advance. If you would like to be considered for a fee waiver or other payment options please use the “Free” registration option.
For Information and PDF Application: www.wcc-ma.org/InterArts
WCCMA’s InterArts Summer Camp is an opportunity for students with an interest in the arts to come together to explore, learn, and create for 3 weeks over the summer. Participants will collaborate to form a multi-disciplinary performance for the public which will be shaped and guided by their talents. Tuesday and Thursday for 3 weeks in July participants will work together to create a vaudeville show that will be performed at the end of the third week.
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.