David Harrington, founder and leader of the world-famous — and world-traveled — Kronos Quartet, finds it hard to believe the group hasn’t played Cincinnati since 1987. Kronos will be the headliner for both nights of the MusicNOW festival, occurring next week (March 11 and 12) at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
The non-profit festival, the brainchild of Cincinnati native and classically-trained guitarist Bryce Dessner — now a member of the popular Brooklyn-based Indie band The National and Chamber group The Clogs — is in its fourth year. Other performers this year are The Books and African kora player Toumani Diabate.
“I’m really glad to be coming back,” Harrington says, in a phone conversation from Kronos’ San Francisco headquarters before a rehearsal. “It’s such a vital music community and what’s happening with MusicNOW is great. We’re really looking forward it.”
Read Steve Rosen's full interview with Harrington here.