Charles McCracken has been one of New York’s busiest freelancers for 40 years. He has performed and recorded with virtually every orchestra and in every major concert hall in the NY area. Principal with the American Symphony for 28 years (and it’s contra player for 10 years prior) he was also Principal at the New York Pops for 25 years. He been guest Principal with the MET, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Mostly Mozart, New Jersey Symphony and a regular guest performer with the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and others, and is a member of the American Modern Ensemble and the artist/faculty of the Mostly Modern Festival. He was selected to join the All-Star Orchestra for a series of tapings for PBS, and can be heard on over 60 films along with countless commercial jingles. Charles was also Principal at the OK Mozart Festival and at the Bard Music Festival. After a long, hectic, and fulfilling life in music Charles is now “mostly” retired and enjoys a slower paced life in New York’s Hudson Valley, where he likes to cook, chop firewood, and travel to places MUCH less crowded than New York City. He was a scholarship student of Mark Popkin at the North Carolina School of the Arts and studied privately with Arthur Weisberg. Mr. McCracken performs on a bassoon made by Benson Bell.