KSO’s Garrett McQueen Champions Diversity in Classical Music – The Knoxville Mercury


“I think that as a musician, it’s really important to keep your ear on everything that’s going on, because it keeps your perspective honest.”

That’s not just Garrett McQueen’s philosophy about music. It’s also his philosophy about life in general. It’s the reason McQueen, the second bassoon in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and host of WUOT’s afternoon concert, tends bar on weekends at the Stillhouse Tavern in Bearden, even though he doesn’t need the extra income.

“I like to participate in the world we live in in as many ways as I can,” McQueen says. “I’m very gregarious. Despite the fact that I don’t really need that job, I like it because I think it’s important to diversify your experiences, and having the job there has actually attracted people to classical music that wouldn’t be otherwise. I’ve had some show up to KSO shows, and they…


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