Special programming for Black History Month on Classic 107.3!
In “The Sound of 13,” host Garrett McQueen opens an historical and contemporary conversation of race with classical music and the 13th amendment as the guide. Garrett is a professional bassoonist who has performed with symphonies and in venues across the country. He is also an accomplished instructor and has performed in multiple Broadway musicals and television series. Garrett is a strong advocate for the diversification of classical music and the advancement of Black musicians in the field. Hear this program every Friday at 6am and 6pm for the next 13 weeks, starting today.
Giving voice and offering space to music by Black and contemporary composers drives Garrett’s passion for the art form, and continues to be his primary interest when it comes to playing the bassoon and advocating for classical music. In 2012, McQueen’s playing earned him the title of one of America’s “most interesting classical musicians” by conductor and author of “The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro”, Cesare Civetta. Other notable performances from Garrett include his 2013 premiere of the Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by Afro-American composer Kevin Cornelius, and his continued celebration of the bassoon and piano arrangement of “Three Songs” by the Dean of Afro-American composers, William Grant Still.
Today, Garrett performs over the airwaves and on the digital stage, with content featured on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and local public radio stations across the country. Additionally, he’s given music and racial equity presentations at the Gateways Music Festival, the Sphinx Organization‘s annual conference, the Kennedy Center’s Shift Festival, and at countless schools, colleges, and universities. In 2017, Current named McQueen “a black talent in public media that you may not know, but should”.