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Classical 24 welcomes new overnight host, bassoonist Garrett McQueen

Jun 21, 2018

Garrett McQueen

Starting July 2, Classical 24 keeps listeners company through the night (Thursday - Saturday and some Sunday nights) with new host Garrett McQueen!

A proud native of Memphis, TN, Garrett McQueen has performed in venues across the country, 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 worked with groups including the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Symphony, the Artosphere and Gateways Music Festival Orchestras, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in multiple Broadway Musicals 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".

His affinity for 20th and 21st century music drives his passion for the art form, and in a performance of Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble,” Ewazen noted his “wonderful playing” and characterized McQueen as someone who “gives a great performance of [his] piece”. He’s also been noted as one of America’s “most interesting classical musicians” by conductor and author of “The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro”, Cesare Civetta.

Garrett McQueen considers himself a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of black musicians in the field. In an article produced by Current, McQueen was hailed as "a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should"

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Music in Bassoon from the University of Southern California. He is currently a host and producer of "Music Through the Night" from Public Radio International and American Public Media, and continues to perform with ensembles across the country, and around the world.