Terrance McKnight

WQXR Host

Terrance McKnight appears in the following:

Blame it on Pops

Thursday, November 04, 2010

My elementary school required that its students sing in the school choir or play an instrument. I chose trumpet. It was loud, shiny and, I thought, how difficult could it be?

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The Down Beat Goes On - But Not Here

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Up until a few weeks ago, you'd hear a generous amount of recordings from pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev. But now that Pletnev is under investigation for child rape in Thailand his voice has been silenced in concert halls and on the radio – in the U.S. and U.K that is. But back home in Russia, and elsewhere his beat marches on. Pletnev founded the Russian National Orchestra 20 years ago and its season kicked off this month as planned with Pletnev on the podium. 

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New York Philharmonic: Opening Night Gala

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., WQXR broadcasts the New York Philharmonic's opening night gala concert live, featuring the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony. Terrance McKnight and Elliott Forrest co-host the event.

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Birthday Reflections: Arvo Pärt

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11 marks the 75th birthday of revered Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose meditative music is well suited to this day of reflection. In an apt description of Pärt's work, Terrance McKnight describes it as music that "stands in front of you like a mirror. It doesn't judge." 

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Has Classical Music Made Us Well-Rounded or just Square?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An acquaintance recently said to me, "Terrance, I think you might be too square for her" (referring to a friend of hers). That comment got me thinking about the degree to which one's personality is shaped by vocation.

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Music Knows No Boundaries

Saturday, August 14, 2010

This week, we hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Music Knows No Boundaries, a sentiment the group epitomizes. We hear a diverse program, featuring music from John Dowland to Conlon Nancarrow.

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Music Drawers and Piano Benches

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday night I played a recording of J.S.Bach's Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother. It's one of those pieces that at times sounds easy enough for a novice. Bach was in his teens when he composed it.

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Condi and Aretha in Concert

Friday, July 16, 2010

How many of us could've predicted this pairing, Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice singing and playing the classics. Neither of these women is a stranger to classical music. Dr. Rice has performed at the White House with Yo Yo Ma and Ms. Franklin stepped in and covered for Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards in 1998.

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He Said, She Said

Friday, July 09, 2010

This week we celebrated the 150 anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth. Throughout the week, I heard several commentators and hosts quoting Mahler. One quote that kept coming up was “My time will come.”

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Caramoor International Music Festival: Sneak Peek

Friday, June 25, 2010

Terrance McKnight presents a sneak preview of this summer’s Caramoor International Music Festival, featuring a dazzling array of live performances by some of the artists featured in this year’s festival line-up.

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For the Love of Music

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Musicians and music lovers have been known to go to extremes for their love of the art form.

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Says who?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Finding one’s own voice is a journey that every artist takes. And in most cases the very successful ones are those who are able to cast an artistic shadow that is unmistakably their own.

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Looking for a Miracle

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just like I expected Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers to knock off the Boston Celtics, I was hopeful that Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic would knock Bernstein out of the park during their East Coast tour last week. Over consecutive weeks, both superstars appeared mortal.

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A Concert for Dogs

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dogs enjoy many of the things that we enjoy: table food, water, beer and surprises. But what about music? Some seem to, but perhaps their pleasure is derived from the enjoyment they sense from their owners as they listen. 

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WQXR - It's Everywhere You Want To Be

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A few weeks ago I got a text message from a friend saying she was listening to me on air at a bodega in Brooklyn. Just last week I listened to my colleague Midge Woolsey while at my doctor’s office in Manhattan.

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Giant Steps: A Musical Biography of New York City Ballet

Saturday, May 01, 2010

This week's episode explores the musical achievements of the New York City Ballet. Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins explores the works that the Ballet has commissioned, why American music has been championed, how choreographers have responded and more in this special edition.

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A Misappropriation of Music

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A few nights ago I saw a commercial for a video game called "Tom Clancy's Conviction."  The ad depicted a father, automatic rifle in tow, walking through an abandoned town Wild, Wild West-style. Here’s the juicy part: the theme music in the ad was the spiritual “Run on for a Long Time.”

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Emerson String Quartet Live From (L)PR

Monday, April 26, 2010

WQXR presents a live performance of the Emerson String Quartet from Le Poisson Rouge on tonight at 8 p.m. Stream the concert by clicking on the Special Program tab of our player and take part in a live chat during the performance.

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Jerusalem, City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jerusalem, City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace by Jordi Savall is a performance that explores how the three major religions have shaped Jerusalem. WQXR presents a live broadcast hosted by Fred Child and Terrance McKnight, Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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It's All in the Fingers

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recently I went to a birthday party where there was a piano. When asked to play, I had one piece in my fingers, the Op. 118 Intermezzo by Brahms--the Intermezzo isn't party music. That incident reminded me of a piano teacher saying "always have a piece in your fingers." In this case I needed two.

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