WCCMA Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Mali Obamsawin, José Lezcano, and the HOP

Join us today at 4pm for an Arts Across America performance celebrating Indigenous and Immigrant Heritage with WCCMA, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, and the Kennedy Center.

This concert features works and performances by Abenaki musician and Dartmouth Alum Mali Obamsawin and Cuban-American composer and guitarist José Lezcano. WCCMA’s Executive Director Melissa Richmond will join as a guest for two works by José Lezcano for flute and guitar. This event is part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series, which showcases artists whose work is integral to the culture of their region.

This program celebrates Indigenous and immigrant peoples’ contributions to the Upper Valley and to the musical traditions these artists practice. Taylor Ho Bynum, Director of the Coast Jazz Ensemble and Melissa Richmond, Founder and Executive Director of the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts help guide the afternoon’s program.

The event will be available live at 4PM EST today, Monday October 12th. Join the stream at Facebook, Youtube, or view the Facebook event page.

Enjoying the performance and want to express your appreciation? Support the artists and WCCMA with the virtual tip jar:

Support Mali Obomsawin Venmo: @MaliObomsawin Cash App: $MaliObomsawin
Support Jose Lezcano: Paypal and Venmo: jlezcano@keene.edu
Support Melissa Richmond: paypal.me/mrichmondnh
Support WCCMA: paypal.me/wccma

WCCMA and Union Church acknowledge that their buildings and partnered locations are situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people.

Today at 2pm: Creations for a New Day with Dinuk Wijeratne and Kinan Azmeh

Join the concert premiere today at 2pm – available online until Oct 4th.

Creations for a New Day and Reflections on Home: Kinan Azmeh, and Dinuk Wijeratne join us from around the globe to to share current work and recent memories

MEET THE ARTISTS: Join us after the concert at 3:30pm EST for a lively end of season chat with artists Kinan Azmeh, Sally Pinkas, Dinuk Wijeratne, and Artistic Director Melissa Richmond. Register here for the zoom link or email claremontarts@gmail.com.

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This program is a presentation by Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.This concert will only be available for viewing through October 4th.The concert will be broadcast from the Saint-Gaudens Memorial YouTube Channel and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts’ Facebook (no registration necessary)

Zoom link:

Topic: End of Season Artist Chat with Dinuk Wijeratne, Sally Pinkas, and Kinan Azmeh
Time: Sep 20, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sept is: Drumming, Dancing, Violin, and More!

September sees WCCMA kicking back into high gear. After months of work behind the scenes with few public events we can’t wait to “see” you much more frequently. There’s also an exciting announcement for families coming tomorrow, so join us “live” or after the broadcast for Family Picnic Day from home with our friends at Saint-Gaudens!

Family Picnic at Home Day: Dance and Drum!

September 6, 2020 @ 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Online

Broadcast on the Saint-Gaudens Memorial YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbdBQPGfcpWls1jeKQzgIAw/

And WCCMA’s Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ClaremontArts

Visit drummers and dancers in the traditions of Japan, southern Egypt, Ghana, and Guinea with Karim Nagi, Akwaaba Ensemble, and Burlington Taiko Group. Learn about drums, rhythms, and traditions – and you can even drum/dance along! This program is presentated by Saint-Gaudens Memorial and the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.Sponsored by:Tasker Covered Bridges Fund – NH Charitable Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts, with donors and season sponsors of Saint-Gaudens Memorial and West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts

At this broadcast you’ll learn more about the new Digital Arts Experiences launching this month!

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Francesca Anderegg, violin: Invisible Threads (Augmented Reality Concert)

September 11, 2020 @ 7:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Online

Violinist Francesca Anderegg joins us virtually “at” WCCMA’s home Union Episcopal Church through the magic of technology. At a time when the challenge of isolation is deeply felt in daily life, music helps us weave “invisible threads” of connection among composers, artists and audiences. For this program, Francesca will weave together music by contemporary and Baroque composers, each one representing a personal vision and unique subject. Gillian Whitehead’s music draws upon the natural landscapes of her native New Zealand, and Bright Silence depicts the “sounds, silences, and ghosts” of the rocky plateau of Central Otago. Missy Mazzoli’s work Dissolve, O My Heart, is a direct, personal response to the enduring power of Bach’s Chaconne. Like all modern solo violin music, the technical demands and musical textures of these pieces pay homage to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. The program concludes with Bach’s majestic Partita No. 2 in D minor, with Mazzoli’s work connecting the contemporary and the Baroque.

Francesca Anderegg will join us after the performance on zoom for a post concert chat at 9PM.

This event is presented by West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts. Concert tickets are $25, or $15 for WCCMA members. Scholarship tickets are available for students and those for whom the cost would be a challenge. To request Student or Scholarship Tickets: https://forms.gle/kCQNxrYShgLtkrWUA 

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