Let the concerts begin! 1 week, 4 concerts, & tour our future home!

Dear friends,

It’s been a long pandemic year +, and WCCMA has been innovating until the cows come home. Over the course of the pandemic we’ve held adapted concerts, lessons, workshops, and forged on with the progress for our future home, the downtown Claremont Creative Center. Now is the time we’ve been waiting for – not just the return of live concerts, but hybrid concerts for a live audience and an audience from home or afar. Now we are inviting you all, our family of supporters, to come see and hear about the renovation of the long-empty Claremont National Bank Building on the square. Please join us, share your excitement about the upcoming season of concerts by WCCMA and in partnership with Saint-Gaudens Memorial, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, and Claremont Parks and Recreation, and consider a contribution to the general or capital fund for WCCMA. We are ready to get out together in the sunshine.

All concerts are free or by donation thanks to our generous supporters.

Latin American Music with Sally Pinkas, Jose Lezcano, and Melissa Richmond 
June 19, 4pm
WCCMA – Union Church

A collection of works guitar, flute, and piano exploring Latin American Music across traditions and musical styles. The program will include Nocturne Op. 62 by Miguel del Aguila, Villa-Lobos’ ‘Prole do bebe,’ for solo piano, Piazzolla’s iconic “History of the Tango,” Manuel Ponce’s neoclassical Sonata for guitar & piano, “Paisaje-Vals,” for flute, guitar, & piano by Jose Lezcano, and more. We’ll explore tango’s evolution, impressionist harmonies, pay homage to Venezuelan Vals, and more.

Supported in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts

Bassel and the Supernaturals
June 24th – 6pm Presented by Claremont Parks and Recreation and WCCMA

The incomparable BASSEL AND THE SUPERNATURALS offer their soulful melodies, funk inspired rhythms, and captivating lyrics are infused with Syrian Heart and Chicago Soul. 

Join us before the show at 4:30PM on June 24th at 56 Opera House Square — the future home of the Claremont Creative Center — for a walk through of our future home, some light refreshments, conversation with the brilliant funk musician Bassel Almadani, and a toast from WCCMA Executive Director Melissa Richmond. RSVP at amandalrafuse@gmail.com.

Fujiwara/Halvorson/Bynum Jazz Trio
June 25 – 6pm Presented by the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College and WCCMA
WCCMA – Union Church
TICKETS: https://hop.dartmouth.edu/events/fujiwara-halvorson-bynum-trio

Three of creative music’s leading performers kick off our summer concert series! With Tomas Fujiwara on the drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar and our very own Taylor Ho Bynum on the cornet, the three musicians revel in upending the expectations of their audiences, through their original compositions and compelling improvisations. 

Creatively entwined for over 15 years with hundreds of concerts and dozens of recordings, the trio is bringing their talent and imagination to the beautiful backdrops of the Upper Valley for three performances.

This tour was made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The HOP Summer Concert Series is funded by a grant from the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Mariana Ramirez, drummer/percussionist: A musician journey through ancient and modern cultures
June 27th – June 29th
ONLINE: Check back soon for registration link

Check out the current schedule of concerts here: https://www.wcc-ma.org/programs/summer-concert-series/

Concert COVID19 Protocol: Audience members may be unmasked when in their seating pod, but must wear masks if entering a building or not able to maintain distance with other patrons while outside.

Weather: please check the website for updates regarding weather contingencies as events get closer. In general the concerts will be rain or shine, but weather factors may require changes to that plan. In the event of severe weather we will take steps to record concerts and make them available on YouTube.

Next week: Open Taiko Workshop

June 7 – 9, 6:30pm
WCCMA @ Union Church Campus (outside)
133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH

Suggested donation $25, or $40/family

Registration (required): www.taikoclub.eventbrite.com

Join this 3-day series of workshop sessions with Claremont’s Taiko Club! All are welcome, whether new to taiko, or building on skills from past years. Participants will be invited to participate in workshops and a performance in the fall. New participants should plan to attend the first workshop to cover Japanese taiko basics. Past participants may opt to attend all, or some.

This workshop will be held outside rain or shine (we’ll have tents if needed) with COVID protocol, bring your mask. Ideal for ages 10 and up, but we welcome you to contact us to see about younger participants. This event is funded in part 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.

Scholarships available, contact arts@wcc-ma.org

WCCMA Annual Meeting and Claremont Creative Center update

Join WCCMA for a look back at the 2020 year of programming, and a look ahead at a summer bursting with concerts (in person and digital) and the ongoing Claremont Creative Center project. Register online at Eventbrite for free to access the meeting access link.

WCCMA Annual Meeting
May 25th, 7pm ET

Registrants will have access for a limited time to a recording of the meeting if you are not able to join us live on zoom.