Bassoon with Orchestra

"My professional career as an orchestral bassoonist began when I was a junior in high school. I had only been playing bassoon for six months when the Asheville Symphony announced an opening for second bassoon. I took the audition and won! I’ve never looked back. You might think that story a little surprising, but I fell in love with the bassoon from the moment I saw it, and was practicing at least six hours every day. For over thirty years, I have held full-time principal positions with orchestras in Indiana, Georgia, New York, and South Carolina, and have been very active as a freelance musician."

Each of the following excerpts features Dr. Lowe as the bassoon soloist.

    Scheherezade

    by Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov
    South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nicholas Smith, conductor

    1. Tale of the Kalendar Prince (opening solo)

    1. Tale of the Kalendar Prince (cadenza)

    Five Sacred Trees

    by John Williams
    South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra
    Nicholas Smith, conductor

    1. Eó Mugna (2:06 excerpt)

    1. Eó Rossa (2:02 excerpt)

    Concerto in Bb for Bassoon and Orchestra, K. 191

    by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Augusta Symphony Orchestra
    Donald Portnoy, conductor

      First movement (Exposition, 1:27)

      First movement cadenza (Guetter edition, 1:31)

      Third movement (Opening, 1:35)

For inquiries or additional information please contact me at:

    Dr. Carol Lowe
    Crane School of Music
    SUNY Potsdam
    44 Pierrepont Avenue
    Potsdam, NY 13676

    (315) 267-3240
    lowecc@potsdam.edu