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Bryce Dessner talks about 'double life' as both classical and rock musician

Bryce Dessner talks about 'double life' as both classical and rock musician

For a man who is about to hear a top symphony orchestra play his first stand-alone score, Bryce Dessner appears surprisingly calm. Dessner will be in the audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 28, listening to Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic play the world premiere of "Quilting," a 17-minute orchestral score. The piece will be bookended by work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and a new concerto for two pianos from Philip Glass, also a world premiere. Perhaps Dressner's ability to handle nerves comes from his experience recording and performing in front of thousands as the guitarist for the indie rock band the National. But after discussing...

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