All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Airs Saturday nights at 10pm on WQXR

All Ears with Terrance McKnight is a weekly show about musical discovery. Covering a wide range of styles, genres and periods, the show celebrates the diverse musical passions of its host, Terrance McKnight, as well as occasional guests -- including performers, composers, choreographers, critics and others. As music and ideas are experienced side by side, the power of music to transform is revealed and celebrated.

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'Don't Make Me No Saint'

This week's show features music by the contrasting spirits of Jackson and Bruckner. We also hear the music of Henryk Gorecki, Charles Ives and William Grant Still.

When Words Get in the Way

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tonight at 10 pm, host Terrance McKnight blends the spoken with the unspoken and the old with the not so old. We feature choral music by David Lang, and a wordless serenade to Mozart by Bobby McFerrin.

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Musical Transplants: Part II

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight continues with the theme of musical transplants. The program samples music by those taking on traditions from outside of their place of origin.

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Music's Transplants

Saturday, March 29, 2014

You’ve heard it before: “You’re not from around here are you?” This week, host Terrance McKnight turns our ears towards musicians who grew up in one place but migrated to another.


Sunday Morning Special

Saturday, March 22, 2014

For this Saturday night, we sample music that symbolizes the ease, spiritual searching, religiosity, and quiet clamor that make Sunday mornings uniquely special.


Musical Polyglots

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight considers musical polyglots – musicians who depart from this trend and are fluent in various musical dialects and performance practices.

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Hot Breath

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lucky, blessed, fortunate – whatever you call it, the fact that each of us is breathing at this moment is a gift. This week’s program samples music that speaks to the gift of life.

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Too Good to Let Go

Saturday, March 01, 2014

It's that time of year when we get rid of clutter and reorganize our homes. With that in mind, host Terrance McKnight looks at music and musical styles to which pack-rat composers keep coming back.

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Slow Motion

Saturday, February 22, 2014

This week's show focuses on music that moves at a walking pace. From Scott Joplin's "A Real Slow Drag" to South African composer Kevin Volans's "Walking Song" this program explores the serenity, drama, and agitation expressed in music that moves at a slow tempo.


A Woman's Touch

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tonight at 10 pm: All Ears is All Women, and the playlist stretches from Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn to Tania Leon, Joann Falletta, Valerie Coleman and Jennifer Higdon.

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Prelude to Perkinson

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Host Terrance McKnight returns this week with music and findings about the New York composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

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The Low End Theory

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Tonight at 10 pm, Marika Hughes takes a closer listen to the instruments on the low end of the register, the ones that lay down the foundation but don’t always get featured in the spotlight.

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The Dreamers

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight explores music by American, French and Canadian composers that represents the ideals of liberty, equality and self awakening.



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hear what happens when pop and classical flavors collide. Guest host Lauren Rico delves into the musical alter egos of Sting, Michael Bolton, Billy Joel and Renée Fleming, among others.

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Secret Gardens

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Old and new, near and far, secret and public, guest host Lauren Rico explores the beautiful delights that composers and songwriters have nurtured over the centuries.

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Risk-Taking Chamber Music

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Guest host Mariko Hughes presents an eclectic mix that includes small ensembles that perform traditional fare, pieces with non-Western instruments like the kora, and even a bit of jazz. Listen to the full show.

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Several Centuries of Christmas Music

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tonight at 10 pm, composers and songwriters whose work has been inspired by the nativity, from Monteverdi to Arvo Part, Charpentier to the late John Tavener.

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In a Sentimental Mood

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Duke Ellington's classic "In a Sentimental Mood" sets the stage for an evening of nostalgic moments. Our soundtrack for a journey down memory lane includes works by Bach, Janacek, De Falla and others.


A Pilgrim’'s Journey

Saturday, December 07, 2013

This edition of All Ear’s was programmed days before the passing of Madiba (Nelson Mandela) but some striking connections arose as we put the final touches on the evening.


Music in Strange Places

Saturday, November 30, 2013

This week, All Ears explores music which transports the listener to a different time and place. Stops along the journey include Purcell's Dido's Lament, Cage's She is Asleep and Ellington’s Liberian Suite: Dance No. 3.

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Sunday Morning Special

Saturday, November 23, 2013

On this Saturday night, we sample music that symbolizes the ease, spiritual searching, religiosity, and quiet clamor that make Sunday mornings uniquely special.