Classical Summer: Music from Mozart to Schumann
June 16, 2018 @ 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
A relaxing afternoon of music by Kirsten Becker, piano; Angela Biggs, voice; and Melissa Richmond, flute. From arias by Mozart, to solo and duo music by Sibelius, Debussy, Schumann, and more. The opener for WCCMA’s Summer Concerts as Union Church, you’ll also be able to see a preview of the rest of the season artists at this concert. Admission is by freewill donation.
Music of Mostly Immigrant Communities, music from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Cuba*
July 21, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church
A part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church. Jose Lezcano, guitar; Virginia Eskin, piano and viola; August Watters, mandolin perform music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Calacce, Lezcano, Beethoven, and more. The program will include works for duo and trio exploring music from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Cuba. With special guest Melissa Richmond, flute. This program is part of the “two day” performance experience in collaboration with the Saint Gaudens Memorial, including a second day performance at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Artists will perform varied programs in Claremont on Saturday at 6:30pm and in Cornish at 2pm. Admission is by donation.
Dana Lyn’s Mother Octopus
July 28, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church
Mother Octopus echoes with strains of neo-folk, avant-rock and contemporary classical. The group’s music, composed by Dana Lyn, includes their current project “A Point on a Slow Curve”; a chamber opera inspired by Beat Era visual artist Jay DeFeo and her painting, The Rose; as well as Aqualude a musical Song of the Sea. A part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church. Admission is by donation. For more information visit wcc-ma.org Mother Octopus is the bald-headed musical stepchild of violinist-composer Dana Lyn (http://danalynmusic.com). Joining her in this project are guitarist Ty Citerman, cellist Clara Kennedy, clarinetist Mike McGinnis and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Together since 2011, the group’s collective musical versatility enables Lyn’s compositions to flow with the easy give-and-take of a chamber group as well as allowing it to pulse with the energy of a rock band. Fast-moving, angular lines contrasted with pensive thematic material and free improvisation, Mother Octopus takes its listeners on a journey through alternating musical structures of chaos and uneasy tranquility. Currently, the group is working on its second album, a suite of music inspired by the life and work of Beat Era visual artist Jay DeFeo. Photo by Anna Colliton
The Coral Suite*
August 4, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Union Episcopal Church
Dana Lyn, violin and Kyle Sanna, guitar perform their “through the looking glass” approach to traditional Irish music. Picking up where their last album “The Great Arc” left off, Lyn and Sanna continue their investigation of environmental fragility with “The Coral Suite”: an evocative sequence of Irish tunes that mirrors the life cycles and natural processes that occur within coral reef ecosystems. With the rich vocabulary of Irish melody, and with light boxes and animated projections featuring Dana Lyn’s artwork, Lyn and Sanna create an audiovisual poem for the reef, paying tribute to its miraculous biodiversity while calling attention to the urgent need for its protection. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church, a music series committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org.
The Art of the Duo
August 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Union Episcopal Church
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet and Dinuk Wijeratne, piano celebrate 10 years at WCCMA with new works by the acclaimed duo. The Duo creates a new sonic world through their unique fusion of Arabic and south-Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz idioms. Audiences are moved by their expressive performances and the stories that inspired them. This performance is a part of WCCMA’s Summer Concert Series at Union Church, a music series committed to barriers free access to great music. Admission is by donation. For more information about WCCMA visit wcc-ma.org. Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is 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 has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season, and he is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017. Sri Lankan-born Canadian Dinuk Wijeratne is a JUNO award-winning composer, conductor, and pianist who has been described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future’, and by the New York Times as ‘exuberantly creative’. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Photo by Manuel Vaca
* Indicates partnered “2-day” concerts with the Saint-Gaudens memorial.
The West Claremont Center for Music and the Art’s Summer Concert Series at the Union Church’s 11th Season brings local, regional, and international artists to the dynamic annual music series. The season will feature artists from New York City, Toronto, Boston, and across NH. From Classical Mozart and Irish music to original compositions that push the boundaries our concept of music collaboration the program is sure to be an engaging adventure for the listener. The Art of the Duo performance’s New Hampshire tour is in collaborations with the Arts Alliance of Northern NH. The performance is made possible in part by a donation from the Byrne Foundation, 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.
The Summer Concert Series is held at the historical and acoustically outstanding Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd in Claremont. The series is by donation, and while contributions are a vital part of making the series possible, all are welcome regardless of ability to donate. Concerts with an “*” designate performances that are part of the “two day” performance experience in collaboration with the Saint Gaudens Memorial and performed at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Artists will perform varied programs in Claremont on Saturday at 6:30pm and in Cornish at 2pm; a rare opportunity to have expanded access to outstanding touring artists.
The Summer Concert Series at Union Church is supported in part by grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA.org).