Charles McCracken, Bassoon

 Photo: Jim Graham

Charles McCracken is Principal Bassoon of the American Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, at the prestigious concert series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, and at the Bard Music Festival and Bard SummerScape and with many other freelance concert orchestras. He is also Principal Bassoon at the OKMozart Festival in Bartlesville Oklahoma and has performed as guest Principal Bassoon with the MET, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus, the New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and virtually every other orchestra in the New York area. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and, as a member of the Sylvan Winds, performed much of the wind chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Mr. McCracken has given recitals and Master Classes at North Carolina School of the Arts, Ohio State University, Ithaca College, Bard College Conservatory and has been performed at two previous conferences of the International Double-Reed Society. He can be heard, anonymously, on over 60 film scores and countless commercial jingles. A scholarship student of Mark Popkin at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. McCracken also studied privately with Arthur Weisberg.