The process of preparing orchestral excerpts for an audition is both challenging and rewarding. For CSO Principal Bassoon Keith Buncke, an important part of the journey is giving himself the freedom to try new approaches to figure out what serves the player and the music. “The thing that's really important is just to play it at home and experiment with a lot of different things and see what works or what doesn't work. You have nothing to lose from experimentation.” Hear his interpretation and practical tips for the preparation of the bassoon solos from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.