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Bryce Dessner plays 'Classical Edge' series with Alabama Symphony Orchestra / AL.com

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For fans of The National, he's a guitarist and songwriter of considerable skill, specializing in a heady mix of indie rock, chamber pop and Americana. But Bryce Dessner also has a classical side, composing contemporary pieces that have captured the attention of major orchestras and string quartets. His collaborators also have included Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood and Sufjan Stevens, all of whom share Dessner's rigorous attention to detail and wide-ranging creativity.

On April 17, Dessner comes to Birmingham for a performance with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Classical Edge series. The program includes three of Dessner's works - "Lachrimae," "Tenebre" and "St. Carolyn by the Sea" -- as well as Reich's "New York Counterpoint" and Bela Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra.

Conductor Joshua Gersen will lead the ensemble at the Alys Stephens Center's Jemison Concert Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m. An after-party is planned at Parkside Cafe in Avondale, with Dessner and other musicians in attendance.  SEE THE AL.com PAGE