Bryce Dessner is the artistic force behind acclaimed band The National and the popular MusicNOW Festival which happens around Cincinnati March 11-15 and includes two concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Bryce Dessner speaks by phone with Frank Johnson about the 10 years of MusicNOW and this year’s line-up of music.

Cincinnati native Bryce Dessner is not only one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed band The National, but is also founder and artistic director of the local MusicNOW festival, happening the weekend of March 21-22. This year’s event is a groundbreaking collaboration with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presenting two completely separate nights of music involving world premiere compositions, special guest starts, and a Music Hall experience unique and provocative for traditional concert-goers. Bryce Dessner is on the phone with our Frank Johnson to discuss MusicNOW and his passion for both rock and classical music composition and performance.