Announcing the 2022 Summer Concert Series!

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Dobet Gnahore

July 26, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Broad Street Park

Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, Dobet is a virtuosic singer, dancer, percussionist, and songwriter who has taken the modern Afropop sounds of her country in exciting new directions. A 2010 GRAMMY winner, Dobet Gnahoré is well – known for her jaw – dropping dance moves, powerful stage presence and richly emotional vocal style. Dobet will also be offering workshops during this engagement

Rain location: Union Episcopal Church

Presented in Collaboration with Claremont Parks & Recreation. 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.

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Yankee Brass Band

July 29, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at WCCMA at Union Church

Each year,Yankee Brass Band entertains audiences throughout New England and championed the cause of “historically informed performance” within the field of American band music. Using rare and authentic period instruments, and outfitted in appropriate uniforms, the Yankee Brass Band presents the music of the “Golden Age of Bands” in much the same manner as in the mid to late 19th century.

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Bassel and the Supernaturals

August 3, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Broad Street Park

Bassel & The Supernaturals tells the story of Bassel Almadani’s experience as a first generation Syrian-American using soulful melodies, funk inspired rhythms, and captivating lyrics regarding love, loss, and the war in Syria. Deeply inspired by Otis Redding, Bassel uses the stage as a vehicle to engage audiences in over 100 different cities across North America. Bassel and crew will also be offering workshops during this engagement

Rain location: Union Episcopal Church

Presented in Collaboration with Claremont Parks & Recreation

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Tesla Quartet

August 6, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at WCCMA at Union Church

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire.The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).

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Pneuma

August 20, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at WCCMA at Union Church

PNEUMA (πνεῦμα) is an ancient Greek word for “breath”, “spirit” or “soul”. This quartet features four improvisers / composers: vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and clarinetists James FalzoneFrancois Houle and Michael Winograd. Pneuma’s sound is kaleidoscopic – many worlds entangled – blending contemporary electro-acoustic turbulent energies with gentle gestures inspired by Klezmer and jazz-infused improvisations. Presenting a poetry infused set, their music is “a globally-informed emotional panoply” (NYC Jazz Record) inspired by the wind.

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.

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Renovation Sale, Music Workshops – upcoming events!

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté

May 26, 2022 @ 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Traditional music on the West African Balafon with Mamadou Diabaté 
May 26, 2022 – 4:30pm – 6:30pm Free for students, suggested donation $10 for Adults
Location: (In Person) West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH; Online option via Zoom
Register: https://mamadoubalafon.eventbrite.com
Come learn about traditional music on the balafon, a West African xylophone! Mamadou Diabate, a grandmaster of the balafon from Burkina Faso, will share his music and offer a chance to play along. Other percussion instruments welcome! The workshop will be outdoors, weather permitting. If indoors please bring your mask. 

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!!RENOVATION CLEAN-OUT SALE!!

May 28, 2022 @ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH

!!RENOVATION CLEAN-OUT SALE!!  SATURDAY, MAY 28 FROM 9AM – 2PM 56 OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, CLAREMONT, NH (The old Claremont National Bank and Pleasant Restaurant) In anticipation of the start of renovation for WCCMA’s Claremont Creative Center, come buy yourself a little piece of the old Pleasant Restaurant. Most everything left in the building is available — Remainder Construction Materials (bags of concrete, 2x10s, wood, plywood), Restaurant Chairs, Vintage and Brand New Doors, Radiators, Ceiling Fans, Household Items, and more!  All items are sold “as is”.  Some items need to be deconstructed (wood wall, stairs, etc.). All items must be removed by purchaser in coordination with the onsite staff by 2pm on Saturday.  All items are for sale by reasonable offer. Cash or Check only please.

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Japanese Taiko Workshop

June 1, 6, 7, 2022 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

Japanese Taiko Workshop 
June 1, 6, 7 6:30 pm – 8pm
Suggested Donation: $20 for students, $30 for adults, $40 for families
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH
Register: https://claremonttaiko.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. This workshop will be held outside, weather permitting, or indoors with mask. Ideal for ages 10 and up, and adults, but we welcome you to contact us to see about younger participants. This event is funded in part by the NH State Council on the Arts and 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.

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Summer Singers Troupe

June 10, 2022 at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church

 June – August
Location: West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts at Union Church, 133 Old Church Rd, Claremont, NH 
Registration: https://summersingers.eventbrite.com
Deadline: Please register by June 10th
Registration fee: Suggested donation of $35 for adults, $20 for students. Includes registration for group rehearsals and guest artist workshops (2-3).

A fun formation of new community vocal prowess. Join us for the next step on your vocal journey, whether you are new to singing or sing all the time. Over the course of this summer we will build skills and explore our voices. Together we will have fun singing a wide variety of musics (from fun to serious; secular to folk to sacred). Visiting artists will teach us about different singing styles and vocal techniques to make us better individual and group singers. Then in the fall you will be invited to join the group for weekly rehearsals, leadership opportunities, and community concerts This program will be held most weeks (approximately 8) throughout the summer months, primarily on weekday evenings, but with occasional weekend opportunities. Throughout the course of this program we will monitor the community transmission levels of COVID19, and rehearsals may require masks or be held outdoors depending on local conditions.  Program includes:

  • 2 weeknight rehearsals per month to learn music as a group.
  • 2-3 special workshops with singers from around the world to learn about specific music traditions.

Directed by Melissa Richmond and Tim Cohen

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Saturday! HopStop: Balafon Beats with Mamadou Diabaté

Sat, Apr 23 • 3 pm in Claremont

HopStop Family Performance

Balafon Beats with Mamadou Diabaté

Musician and composer Mamadou Diabaté shares his award-winning talents on the balafon, an instrument which resembles a xylophone with wooden sound bars that are reinforced with hollowed out gourds. Diabaté’s use of rhythm with the balafon’s unique sound creates a captivating musical experience. His music honors millennia-old West African culture and tells the stories of the Sambla people who live in 12 villages in Burkina Faso. This event is FREE, and tickets are not required.

Please note the location for this event has changed from previous advertisements. The Performance will be outside at Broad Street Park in Claremont.

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