Garrett McQueen

In the third and final installment of a series exploring the relationship between race and classical music Garrett McQueen sits with the Program Manager for the Performing Arts for Everyone department at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to discuss her journey into the art form, and what led her toward becoming an advocate for diversity through arts administration. 

Click here for part 1 of the series.

Michelle Cann Celebrates The Legacy Of Florence Price

May 16, 2018

Pianist Michelle Cann performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Piano Concerto of Afro-American composer Florence Price on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 season finale. In this interview she sits down with Garrett McQueen to discuss these performances, as well as her relationship with composers of color, including Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Julius Eastman. 

Edwin Outwater Conducts The Knoxville Symphony

Apr 12, 2018

Edwin Outwater, described as one of the most innovative conductors of our time, visits Knoxville to guest conduct the KSO in music of Mazzoli, Mozart, and Schumann. He sat down with "Afternoon Concert" host, Garrett McQueen, to discuss these performances, as well as his take on Romantic-era symphonies, and the integration of electronics into orchestral music. 

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival is a music celebration like none other, bringing contemporary classical, folk, rock, r&b, and much more to East Tennessee, captivating audiences both local and from abroad. In this feature, Garrett McQueen speaks with some of this year's artists, and explores conversations surrounding the tradition of music from Appalachia, how the tradition of string quartets inform new music, and the intersection of music and activism. 

Separating Art From Artist

Mar 15, 2018

How far should we apply historical context to the classical music we listen to today? Can one separate the art from the artist? Garrett McQueen explores these questions with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Aram Demirjian in a chat about Mahler, Weill, and Orff's "Carmina Burana". 

Music Education, Bach, And The National Anthem

Mar 2, 2018

"Afternoon Concert" host Garrett McQueen speaks with Aram Demirjian about the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's dedication to Music Education, the significance of Bach in the 21st century, and our modern treatment of the National Anthem. 

Tanya Gabrielian And The Healing Power Of Music

Feb 15, 2018

"Afternoon Concert" host Garrett McQueen speaks with pianist Tanya Gabrielian about kung fu, the healing power of music, and her performances with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. 

Lizzy Joo and Renae Dishman Win Concerto Competition

Feb 9, 2018

In this interview with "Afternoon Concert" host Garrett McQueen, Lizzy Joo and Renae Dishman talk about their upcoming performances with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

Race And Classical Music - Part 2

Feb 1, 2018

In the fall of 2017 Afternoon Concert host Garrett McQueen interviewed 3 classical musicians of color to explore the intersection

of race and classical music. In part two of this discussion he speaks with Jeff and Andrea McNeil, who head the hip-hop inspired Illharmonic Orchestra. 

Bach Performed on Stradivarius Violins

Feb 1, 2018

In this interview Afternoon Concert host Garrett McQueen speaks with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concert Master William Shaub about his upcoming  solo performance with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Stradivarius violin he'll use for the performance. 

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