Terrance McKnight

WQXR Host

Terrance McKnight is the WQXR weekday evening host. He also hosts the Saturday evening program, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010.

McKnight’s musical experiences – from glee club soloist and accomplished pianist, to professor at Morehouse College, and finally as producer and host of several music programs for public radio – have consistently juxtaposed the European Classical tradition alongside American classic traditions – jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.

McKnight was first heard in New York in 2008 when he joined the staff of WNYC. He moved to WQXR in October 2009. Previously he worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he was creator, producer and host of Studio GPB, a program that introduced a wide array of musical artists through interviews, live studios sessions and commercial recordings.

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Terrance McKnight appears in the following:

Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 13th annual Look & Listen Festival kicked off on April 26 at the BRIC House with a diverse program of American music by Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky, Animal Collective and John Glover. Listen to the entire show now. 

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Watch Live: Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tonight at 7 pm ET, watch composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space.

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JACK Quartet and The M6 Open the 2013 Look & Listen Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, the 2013 Look & Listen Festival kicked off with performances by the JACK Quartet, the cello-piano duo of Nick Canellakis and Michael Brown and the a cappella group The M6. Stream the complete show on demand.

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Video: Bold New Vocal Music from Helga Davis and Netsayi

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, Mar. 16, Q2 Music and Williamsburg's Original Music Workshop presented an evening that bridged new vocal styles from New York and Africa. Watch on-demand video of the entire sold-out show.

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The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for "The Price of Admission," a one-hour program that explores the symphonic music, songs, works for piano and legacy of Florence Beatrice Price. 

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Revisiting 'Elliott Carter at 100'

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Conceived as a tribute to Elliott Carter on the occasion of his 100th birthday, this special program from 2008 explores the compositional roots of the iconic American composer, as well as the ramifications of his complex, powerfully influential music.

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On-Demand Video: Beethoven Remixed

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thursday night, Q2 Music presented an evening of remixes and re-imaginings of Beethoven's string quartets in The Greene Space.

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Listen: Open-Roof Show from Williamsburg's Newest Hotspot

Monday, September 10, 2012

Q2 Music presents an evening of new music recorded live the of performances by Brooklyn Rider, Talea Ensemble and International Contemporary Ensemble musicians.

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On-Demand Video: Philip Glass: An Hour with Einstein

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On Saturday, The Greene Space hosted a performance and conversation with Philip Glass and members of BAM's upcoming revival of his landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach. Watch it here on-demand.

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Duos and Trios from Look & Listen Festival

Friday, June 01, 2012

For its second night, the 2012 Look & Listen Festival featured a star-studded line-up of diverse, unexpected collaborations and music from Taiwanese composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, winner of the festival's annual composition competition.

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Listen: Philip Glass and Tim Fain

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On Saturday, April 21st, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of composer-pianist Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain's sold-out performance from The Met Museum's majestic Temple of Dendur.

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On-Demand Video: Organist Cameron Carpenter

Monday, April 02, 2012

On Friday, the bad-boy organist Cameron Carpenter joined host Terrance McKnight in The Greene Space to play works by Bach, Ives, Grainger, Leonard Cohen and others.

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Watch: Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 Preview

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season's hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff.

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Look & Listen Festival: Part III

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cease the last full month of Summer with the Look & Listen Festival running through August here on Cued Up. For the fest's third concert of four, enjoy two world premieres by the delightfully unclassifiable drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and his group The Claudia Quintet with Theo Bleckmann, a world premiere by past Q2 composer-portrait Angélica Negrón and works by toy piano wiz Phyllis Chen and textural magician Zibuokle Martinaityte.

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WQXR Events

40 and Over Singles Event at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

6:45 PM

WQXR host Terrance McKnight welcomes music lovers in their 40s, 50s and 60+ to a Rush Hour concert and post-performance private reception.

Note: Check back this spring for a WQXR Singles Events for music lovers in their 20s and 30s.

Ten Greatest Composers: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Friday, January 21, 2011

For this special podcast, Terrance McKnight sits down with three experts from across the musical spectrum and asks them to rank the 10 greatest classical composers of all time.

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All Ear Worms

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Through film and TV, composers like Lalo Schifrin, Carter Burwell and Gershwin have all penetrated our collective ear. This week, Terrance McKnight offers works by these and other composers that have had a place in film.

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Hold Your Applause

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

There was a time when musicians were considered peons on the social ladder and great composers remained anonymous. Both performer and composer were servants to aristocrats or the church. Applauding their craft was radical and perhaps even sacrilege. These days, audiences heartily applaud great performances across sacred and secular mediums. While I enjoy hearing live music and applauding inspired performances, some music is just better without applause.

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Is it Time to Retire the Term 'Classical Music?'

Friday, December 10, 2010

"I hate 'classical' music" is how New Yorker music critic Alex Ross begins his most recent book Listen to This. Alex will be my guest on my new program All Ears this Saturday at 10 pm.

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Bizarre Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 02, 2010

What I enjoy most about this time of year is the tradition of season. But until now I never seriously thought about how my indulging in these sacred traditions could be an affront to someone else.

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