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August 24, 2009

A knockout debut at the Proms

Karen Geoghegan was 19 years old, and bored. So she signed up to take part in "Classical Star," a TV talent show for young classical musicians in England. As a bassoonist, her expectations were low...but to her surprise she made the final round, and came in second during a live national TV broadcast. She's become something of a celebrity in the UK, she has a record contract, and three weeks ago made her debut at the big summer music festival in London, the Proms. We'll hear the now 21 year-old Karen Geoghegan give a knockout performance of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
    Suite-Concertino in F major, Op. 16: III. Canzone, Andante cantabile
    Karen Geoghegan, bassoon; BBC Phiharmonic; Gianandrea Noseda, cond.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Violin Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: III. Largo (encore)
    Christian Tetzlaff, violin (in concert with the Frankfurt RSO/Jarvi)
    Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Divertimento in F, K. 138
    Scottish Ensemble; Jonathan Morton, conductor
    BBC Proms 2009; Cadogan Hall, London, England
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191
    Karen Geoghegan, bassoon; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
    BBC Proms 2009; Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Scenes de Ballet
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda
    BBC Proms 2009; Royal Albert Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • Aaron Copland
    Billy the Kid: Prairie Night
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Hugh Wolf, cond.
  • Eric Whitacre
    Animal Crackers, Vol. 2
    Minnesota High School Honors Choir
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
    Teddy Abrams, clarinet; Michi Wiancko, violin; Alissa Rose, violin; Alan Iglitzin, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello
    Olympic Music Festival; An old barn, Quilcene, WA
  • Traditional
    Blackberry Mull
    Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio
    Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival; The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown
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