At 7 p.m. on March 3, 2008, WNYC listeners heard Lou Bell Johnson's confident, impassioned rendition of the African American spiritual "Stand by Me" slowly morph into the opening strains of the final movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, and knew something special was in the air. The two pieces, initially wary of one another and reluctant to coexist, soon settled into willing accomplices in the creation of beautiful, transformative moment. Seconds later, newly arrived Evening Music host Terrance McKnight announced himself to WNYC audiences and to New York.
Though Terrance has switched homes to become the weekday evening host here at Classical 105.9 FM WQXR as well as the host of All Ears with Terrance McKnight, on this day, three years exactly since hosting his first show for New York City audiences, we celebrate his milestone anniversary with a look back at some of his favorite moments. Q2 Host and frequent Terrance guest Nadia Sirota lends her chair (and microphone) to Terrance for this special Thursday program.
We hear interview clips from the past three years: composer John Corigliano talks about New York Philharmonic concertmaster and father, John Corigliano, Sr.; Frederic Rzewski kids Terrance; William Bolcom sings barbershop tunes; and Robert Spano, current Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor but former Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director talks Brooklyn's Fort Greene. We share live broadcast concert highlights, such as the 50th anniversary concert of Thelonious Monk at Town Hall; and play some of the composers that Terrance discovered after his move from Altanta, Georgia to New York City, including Veljo Tormis, Caleb Burhans, Dominic Frasca and Valentin Silvestrov. WNYC Evening Music staples Mahalia Jackson and bass-baritone Paul Robeson also make commanding appearances.
We hope you enjoy the show and please join the extended WQXR family in wishing Terrance the best on this, his third anniversary on New York City airwaves.