We Celebrate Beginning Anew

Garrett McQueen, Bassoonist

calendar-icon October 31st, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Event Details

Ticket price: $12 - $75

Duration: hours

We kick off our return to the Knowlton Auditorium with two old friends: Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak. Friends to us for their vigorous and rapturous melodies and friends to each other as they supported one another’s careers, from the time when Brahms introduced Dvorak to his music publisher and lasting until Brahms’ death. Brahms’s most popular and profitable works, his Hungarian Dances inspired Dvorak’s own Slavonic Dances.

We hope this concert begins a similarly long friendship with bassoonist Garrett McQueen who will perform Rossini’s recently discovered Bassoon Concerto. In it, the orchestra’s jester, the bassoon, takes center stage wfor an Italian Opera in miniature. We’re also honored that he will play Three Songs written by African American composer William Grant Still. McQueen is an advocate for the African American community in classical music and will share some of his journey with us through these songs.

This concert represents the joining of four musical voices writing in nationalist styles: a German, a Bohemian, an Italian and an African American; all rich in melodic warmth springing from cultures stressed and refined in lives of strife.

These performances will be a for sure sell-out so don’t wait too long!


Gioachino Rossini | Bassoon Concerto
William Grant Still | Three Songs
Antonin Dvorak | Symphony No. 8
Johannes Brahms | Hungarian Dances, No.1 and 5


Artist Bios

Garrett McQueen

A proud native of Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen has performed as a member of the South Arkansas Symphony, Jackson Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Eroica Ensemble, and most recently, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with ensembles including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Garrett has enjoyed giving solo recitals, performing with the Godiva Woodwind Quintet, USC Scholarship Quintet, and Cooper-Young Winds, presenting master classes, acting as a guest instructor for the Bahamas Music Conservatory and Idyllwild Arts Academy, adjudicating West Tennessee Band auditions, and teaching a studio of flutists/oboists/bassoonists consisting of middle school, high school, and undergraduate college students. Garrett has performed in multiple Broadway Musicals in Memphis under the baton of David Spencer and keeps himself busy in other free-lance activities, including being featured in Indie Rock tracks produced by Goner Records (2009) and True Panther Sounds (2010). Garrett has been heard as both a performer and guest host on APM's "Performance Today", and was featured as the principal bassoonist on the Memphis Repertory Orchestra's inaugural CD of works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. He has also appeared on a wide array of television shows, including Oxygen's "Snapped: Killer Couples", TV One's "Fatal Attraction", and Fox's "Glee". 


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