Classical guitar concert with Eric Despard at MCL

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MANCHESTER CENTER — Guitarist Eric Despard will perform classical guitar music spanning 500 years, from the Renaissance through today, at Manchester Community Library on June 13 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

Heralded as a "talented classical guitarist" by the Times of Trenton, and a "wonderful flamenco guitarist" by Berkshireonstage.com, guitarist Eric Despard performs extensively throughout North America as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles. In addition to solo classical guitar concerts, Despard regularly performs with various jazz, blues, and rock groups throughout the Northeast.

His passion for accessible community music and arts education led to a five year position as the Executive Director of the Bennington Music School. Despard holds an undergraduate degree from the Hartt School of Music and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Music. At Hartt he studied with Alan Spriestersbach and Richard Provost and at Yale he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Despard has performed in masterclasses for Sharon Isbin, Elliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez and David Russell.

Despard is an Assistant Professor of the Humanities and is the Music Director at Southern Vermont College where he teaches music history, music theory, concert jazz band, choir, and related performance classes in addition to studio art and art history courses. He is also an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College and an Instructor of Guitar at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Students from his private studio have been accepted to the Boston Conservatory, Crane School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, Ithaca College, William Patterson University, the University of Vermont, and the Berkelee College of Music. Manchester Community Library is located at 128 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Cemetery Ave. and Rte. 7A. For more info about this free guitar concert, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

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