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Susan Hagen

A Boston native, Susan Hagen received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Double Bass Performance from Boston University, graduating with honors as a student of Edwin Barker, principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

For the past ten seasons Susan has spent most of her time performing as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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About Susan Hagen

For the past ten seasons Susan has spent most of her time performing as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also spends much time performing with the Boston Pops/Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, among others. She was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998 and again by invitation in 1999.

Susan is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University. Susan frequently performs chamber music with Radius Ensemble, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Winsor Music, Trio Nordica, Mistral Music, and other chamber music groups as well as at Berklee College of Music.

In recent seasons Susan has been a soloist with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, Boston Conservatory String Ensemble, the Warren (Ohio) Philharmonic and the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra.

NEWS

Upcoming Events

July 26 (7:30 pm), 28 (7:30 pm), 30 (3:00 pm), 2017
Boston Midsummer Opera - Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
Donizetti - Elixir of Love

August 12, 2017 (7:30 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Nantucket
featuring the Beach Boys

August 13, 2017 (5:00 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Hyannis

 
Past Events

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra (Esplanade)
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Monday, July 3, 2017 (8:30)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra (Esplanade)
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Preview

Monday, June 26, 2017 (8:35 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Private Concert)
 

Sun, June 25, 2017 (2:30 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Tanglewood Shed)
Something Wonderful - Music of Rogers & Hammerstein

Sat, June 24, 2017 (8:35 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Chris Botti

Sun, June 18, 2017 (8:35 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Tanglewood Shed)
JAWS in Concert

Sat, June 17, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Gospel Night - 25th Anniversary

Fri, June 16, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Sondheim on Sondheim

Thurs, June 15, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Sondheim on Sondheim

Wed, June 14, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Party with the B-52s and the Boston Pops!

Tues, June 13, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Party with the B-52s and the Boston Pops!

Sat, June 10, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
The Beatles and Beyond

Fri, June 9, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
MIT-Tech Night

Thur, June 8, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
The Beatles and Beyond

Wed., June 7, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Leslie Odom, Jr.

Tues, June 6, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Leslie Odom, Jr.

Sat, June 3, 2017 (3:00 pm & 8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Cirque de la Symphonie

Fri, June 2, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
Cirque de la Symphonie

Thurs, June 1, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra (Symphony Hall)
John Williams - Film Night

May 27, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Harvard 25th Night

May 26, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
JAWS in Concert

May 25, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
JAWS in Concert

May 24, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Lights! Camera! Music! - The Magic of John Williams

May 23, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Arthur Fiedler Night/Harvard 50th Reunion Night

May 20, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Boston University Night

May 19, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Tufts Night

May 18, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Ben Folds

May 17, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Ben Folds

May 16, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Lights! Camera! Music! - The Magic of John Williams

May 15, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Mama Mia!

May 14, 2017 (3:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Mama Mia!

April 7 & 8, 2017 (8:00 pm)
Boston Pops Orchestra
Celebrating John Williams!!

 
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra Midwest TOUR - Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2017
March 24, 2017 (7:30)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Helzberg Hall - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO

March 25, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA

March 26, 2017 (7:30)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Lied Center for Performing Arts Main Stage, Lincoln, NE
Review

March 27, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Mary W. Sommervold Hall - Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences, Sioux Falls, SD

March 31, 2017 (7:30)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

April 1, 2017 (7:30)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, OH

April 2, 2017 (7:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN
 
 
BSO TOUR - Feb 28 - Mar 5, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:05 PM -- Carnegie Hall
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Gubaidulina and Shostakovich

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 8:05 PM -- Carnegie Hall
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Emanuel Ax

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 8:05 PM -- Carnegie Hall
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Ravel, Benjamin and Berlioz featuring countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Lorelei Ensemble

Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 8:05 PM -- Symphony House, Montreal
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart and Berlioz featuring pianist Emanuel Ax

Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 3:05 PM -- Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart and Berlioz featuring pianist Emanuel Ax
 
 
February 23, 24, 25, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Gubaidulina and Shostakovich

February 16, 17, 18, 21, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Schuller, Mozart and Beethoven featuring pianist Emanuel Ax

February 9, 10, 11, 14, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Ravel, Benjamin and Berlioz featuring countertenor Bejun Mehta and the Lorelei Ensemble

 
BSO FLORIDA TOUR - Jan 30 - Feb 6, 2017
January 30, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay

January 31, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo

February 1, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale

February 2, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota

February 3, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

February 4, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Jacksonville

February 6, 2017 (8:00)
Boston Pops Espanade Orchestra
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
 
January 13 & 14, 2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey conducts Barber, Riley and Elgar featuring organist Cameron Carpenter

Sat, December 31, 2016 (12:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Fri, December 30, 2016 (12:00 pm, 7:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sat, December 24, 2016 (11:00 am, 3:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Fri, December 23, 2016 (4:00 pm, 8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Thur, December 22, 2016 (4:00 pm, 8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Wed, December 21, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Tues, December 20, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sun, December 18, 2016 (11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sat, December 17, 2016 (11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Fri, December 16, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Thur, December 15, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Wed, December 14, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Tues, December 13, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sun, December 11, 2016 (7:30 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sun, December 11, 2016 (2:30 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Lowell

Sat, December 10, 2016 (7:30 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Manchester, NH

Fri, December 9, 2016 (4:00 pm, 8:00 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Worcester

Thur, December 8, 2016 (4:00 pm, 8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Wed, December 7, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sun, December 4, 2016 (11:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Sat, December 3, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Storrs, CT

Sat, December 3, 2016 (11:00 am, 3:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Fri, December 2, 2016 (4:00 pm, 8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

Thur, December 1, 2016 (8:00 pm) Boston Pops - Symphony Hall, Boston

November 8, 10, 11, 12, 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conducts Nathan and Brahms featuring pianist Hélène Grimaud

October 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2016 "Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder" - Shubert Theater

October 1, 2016
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra
"Planets & Price"

September 30, 2016 Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Boston College

September 28 14, 2016 Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Wang Theater

September 23, 2016
Solo Recital
Berklee College of Music

September 17 & 18, 2016 Mistral Music - details TBA

August 26, 27 & 28, 2016 Boston Symphony Orchestra - Tanglewood

August 14, 2016 Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Hyannis

August 13, 2016 Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra - Nantucket

July 20, 22, 24, 2016
Boston Midsummer Opera - "Love Itatlian Style"
Donizetti - Il campanello & Mascagni - L'amico Fritz

July 9, 2016 Evening Under the Stars, Hingham

July 3 & 4, 2016 Boston Pops - Esplanade (July 4th Celebration)

June 11, 2016 Boston Pops - Gospel Night

June 5, 2016
Plymouth Philharmonic Chamber Players
Beethoven Septet

May 5 - 21, 2016 Boston Pops

Performed Koussevitzky Chanson Triste with Steve Bailey in “headlining recital” at International Bass Society Convention, Colorado using Serge Koussevitzky’s double bass - June 5, 2015
See article in Bass World, Vol 38, No. 2
 

Sound & Video

Audio Clips

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Chanson Triste (Koussevitzky) (4:52)
- Performed as a duet with Steve Bailey in “headlining recital” at International Bass Society Convention, Colorado using Serge Koussevitzky’s double bass - June 5, 2015
 
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A Barnraising (by Steve Laven) (:29)
- Trio Nordica
   

Video clips

"Bootleg" Video - Slap That Bass! (2:23)
- From Boston Pops Esplanade Midwest Tour - Mar - Apr, 2017
 
David Anderson - Capriccio No. 2 (4:05)
- From Berklee Bass Forum - October 11, 2016
 
Bottesini something or other (2:31)
- From Berklee Bass Forum - October 11, 2016
 
video clip
Tom Vignieri - "The Tides" (5:08)

- Masterworks Chorale (World Premiere - May 2015)

 
Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass in b minor (complete)
 
- Boston Conservatory String Ensemble - October 23, 2013
I. Allegro (5:38)
II. Andante (4:53)
III. Allegro (4:42)
   
 
   
video clip
Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass in b minor (first movement - opening) (:53)
- Boston Conservatory String Ensemble
 
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Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass in b minor (first movement - cadenza) (1:51)
- Boston Conservatory String Ensemble
 
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Video clip from Andris Nelsons rehearsal of BSO (:20)
- Boston Globe
 
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Video clip from "It's Your BSO" with Todd Seeber (:22)
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
 

 

Contact Susan

Contact for bass lessons: susan@susanphagen.com

Berklee College of Music
email: shagen@berklee.edu
phone: 617 747-6976
Boston Conservatory of Music
email: shagen@bostonconservatory.edu