Claremont HopStops return! A2VT on Saturday at 3pm

HopStop Family Show: Live Concert with A2VT

October 9, 2021 @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Broad Street Park

A cultural and musical collision of two continents.

The Burlington, Vermont-based band A2VT synthesizes their African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop. With band members representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi, they perform songs in up to eight unique languages, reflecting their journey from Africa to America. Join the party and celebrate the music and dance of two continents! HopStops are free, but registration is required. Performances will take place socially-distanced outdoors. All audience members are asked to comply with Dartmouth College’s COVID-19 visitor guidelines at the show on Dartmouth’s campus and Claremont, NH’s COVID-19 guidelines at the show at Broad St. Park in Claremont. In case of inclement weather, this performance will be rescheduled to Sunday, October 10th. Learn more about A2VT’s band members and listen to their new release “I’m A Soul Survivor” (Ft. R.O.D.)

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Also coming up… Benefit for a Bright Future with Sally Pinkas and Jan Halloran

Join us on October 30th, at 3pm, at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (WCCMA) as we present a special concert featuring pianist, Sally Pinkas, and clarinetist Jan Halloran. This fundraiser event supports the construction and realization of West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ new, permanent home, in downtown Claremont, NH. The concert itself takes place in the parish hall, at Union Episcopal Church, 133 Old Church Road, Claremont, NH. The WCCMA’s new downtown home is not just a home for the WCCMA, but a home for the incubation, growth and celebration of the arts, for Claremont. As we all know, the arts have a special way of fostering community growth by creating connections within the community. We need you, as members of our community, to help us make this new home a reality, as we build for a bright future! There are a very limited number of seats available in the concert hall, itself (for folks who are vaccinated, and masked). Online viewing passes are also available. Tickets are $110/per person, for in-hall seating, and $40/per person, for online viewing access, to support the arts center.

Tickets are available through Each ticket purchaser (in-hall as well as online viewers) receives a special swag bag, as well as a private tour of the pre-construction arts center, and the vision ahead for the space. We are also delighted to share that all funds raised from this event (and all events supporting the WCCMA Homecoming Capital Campaign up to $200,000) will be matched at 50% by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. This means that the generosity of your contribution is amplified by theirs, bringing us even closer to our goal.

Final Concert of the Season: Apple Hill String Quartet and Sally Pinkas

Just us Sunday outdoors or online for this final concert of the 2021 Summer Concerts Series collaboration with Saint-Gaudens Memorial. Then following the concert, join us in downtown Claremont for a 4pm Artist Meet and Greet and preview of the Claremont Creative Center project!

For tickets or to make a donation:

Live outdoor concert, and online streaming is broadcast via the Saint-Gaudens Memorial youtube channel: Direct concert link for the livestream performance:

(If there are technical difficulties the livestream will resume from the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Channel on YouTube:

16th Annual Rosamond Edmondson Memorial Concert
Presented by Saint-Gaudens Memorial and W. Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
Performed by the Apple Hill String Quartet, and Sally Pinkas
Performed at Union Episcopal Church in Claremont, NH
With thanks to Phil and Hilary Burling for sponsoring this concert

‘The Sentimental One’ from Lyric Quartet —William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Pannonia Boundless—Aleksandra Vrebalov (b. 1970)

Piano Quintet in F minor (1878-1879)—César Franck (1822-1890)

– Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro

– Lento con molto sentimento

– Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Sunday: Layale Chaker (weather update) and upcoming events

Sunday, 2PM Presented by Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Layale Chaker, with members of her band Sarafand, performs original works at the intersection of classical, jazz, Arab, and improvised music Live outdoor concert (pending weather), and online streaming is broadcast via the Saint-Gaudens Memorial youtube channel. Full info and to register (


We are monitoring the weather for Aug 22nd and will make a decision about weather related logistics by noon tomorrow (Sunday). We are still hoping it won’t be raining enough need to move the musicians inside, but if it is here is our worst case scenario:

In the event of heavy rain/severe weather the musicians will perform in the hall at Union Church. We will provide amplification of the artists to seating on that part of the lawn. If winds are not high there may be tent seating available. A limited number of indoor seats may be available. Any indoor seating will require masks and we ask that unvacinated individuals or individuals who have recently travelled to high-risk areas/events do not request indoor seating. If you are interested the very limited indoor seating options, please respond to your confirmation email, and confirm the number of people in your pod. If we can accomodate your request we will send you an email confirming a seat is available. Registration is required:

You will also be able to view the concert LIVE and on-demand on the YouTube Channel for Saint-Gaudens Memorial no matter the weather:

FINAL CONCERT of the Summer

Apple Hill String Quartet with Sally Pinkas
Sun, Aug 29, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Admission: free, by donation
Tickets: More info:

WCCMA at Union Episcopal Church
133 Old Church Road
Claremont, NH 03743

Presented by Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Live outdoor concert, and online streaming is broadcast via the Saint-Gaudens Memorial youtube channel. Limited seating will be available in Claremont, NH, bring your own chair. Rain contingencies will be posted at leading up to the event. Masks are only required if you are unable to socially distance, or when inside. 

Following the concert for a meet the artist reception and tour of our future home!
Tour/Meet the Artist reception  Location: 56 Opera House Square in downtown Claremont
Please RSVP by August 25, 2021 to