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The Progression Ensemble Performance: October 7

Eric Despard and Rocco Anthony JerryThe Progression Ensemble performance featuring music by Gene Pritsker, Eric Despard, Conrad Kehn, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, and Yuji Takashi will take place at Southern Vermont College’s Everett Theatre on Saturday, October 7, at 2 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. 

Guitarist Eric Despard, Music Director and Assistant Professor at Southern Vermont College, and accordionist Rocco Anthony Jerry will perform works by American, Norwegian, and Japanese composers. Despard will give the world premiere of his newest work, “Meditation on Charlottesville.” Jerry will perform Yuji Takashi’s accordion duo, “Snow/Wind/Radios,” which is a musical setting of Diane Di Prima’s poem on the Afghan war. This performance coincides with the 16th anniversary of the beginning of war. 

Gene Pritsker’s new accordion solo, “Stressor,” and his “Curves” for accordion and samplestra will be performed together with two multimedia works by Conrad Kehn: “Maximinimal” and “Soundtracks to Movies That Don’t Exist.” Pritsker has written over 600 compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, and electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. 

Despard will perform Bjorn Bolstad Skelbred’s guitar solo, “5 Preludes.” Norwegian Composer Skjelbred is internationally known for his chamber and orchestral music and has received commissions from Oslo Philharmonic and Nordic Voices, among many other ensembles. 

For more information on The Progression Ensemble performance, contact Despard at or 802-681-2889.

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