To Stay

Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 06:23 PM

This time of year is a time of both recharging, refueling and purging.

Thinking about what stays and what goes, it's going to be interesting to watch trends in music composition and presentation over the next few years. We'll monitor what stays relevant and what fades. Considering trends and movements in the last decade, who and what are you hearing that's promising?  

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Comments [25]

Pamela Turner

Hi Terrance. Hope you had a happy birthday. What I wanted to know is, have you ever, or will you ever play the music of Joseph Boulogne aka The Chevalier de Saint Georges? If not, maybe you could play something by him during Black History Month. I think he wrote some wonderful music and it would nice to hear some of it on this station. Anyway, I do enjoy listening to your program when I can so keep up the good work.

Jan. 23 2010 03:18 AM
Guy Aron from Melbourne, Australia

One trend I have noticed over the last few years is younger artists and ensembles who present music in different ways than their older colleagues. Programs played by younger players tend to feature a lot of short pieces, rather than a few large works. Among those shorter works is an increasing number of arrangements of non-classical composers (eg songs by Queen). As one might expect, these groups feature more contemporary music than is encountered in "mainstream" programming. And there are attempts, for example that by Matt Heimowitz, to present classical music in non-traditional venues like coffee shops and bars. (His fellow cellist Yo-Yo Ma has of course been tireless in seeking out new musical horizons with Chinese, Brazilian, and traditional American music.)

There is an interesting trend the other way too, with rock musicians playing or writing classical music. Sting and Jon Lord are two who come to mind; the latter increasingly returning to the roots of his classical training.

Personally I like going to a concert hall to hear a traditionally-constructed program of major works, with possibly a leavening of contemporary music. It's great, though, to encounter things you mightn't have sought out, but unexpectedly find to your liking. (Radio is wonderful for this, of course.) And I think these younger artists deserve support in their efforts to enlarge the audience for classical music, and broaden the demographic.

Jan. 21 2010 07:18 PM
Julie Wiehl

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Jan. 21 2010 10:12 AM
Stuart from Florida

Your Martin Luther King tribute was the
best tribute I have ever heard ! Well Done!
You justly honored a Great Man. The
closing 15 minutes was a driveway moment for me. Thank you for your

Jan. 19 2010 09:40 PM
Nancy de Flon from Metro NY

Hi Terrance, I greatly admire the music of Karl Jenkins in all its genres, but this was the first time I had heard this Mass in its entirety. What an amazing, moving piece. Thank you for playing it.

Jan. 18 2010 09:15 PM
Susan W from NYC

Terrance, I got home just in time Saturday night to enjoy the last half of the MLK tribute. Very moving, very compassionate. I loved the intelligent, sensitive selection of the music. Most of the time, "tribute" programs bore me...too much wind and not enough sail. This one was both smooth and passionate sailing all the way. Thanks for yet another lovely evening and keep on being your glorious self!

Jan. 17 2010 09:59 PM
Frank Feldman

I thought your MLK show was wonderful, Terrance. It's just a shame the pieces written to honor him were so weak. But I admire all the work and passion you put into the show and enjoyed it.

Jan. 17 2010 09:05 PM
Derrick Bell from New York City

Congratulations to you as narrator and all those who helped pur together the Jan. 16 program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the music in his life. The research was quite good and contributed to a most rewarding listening experience and a fuller understanding of Dr. King's life.

Jan. 17 2010 05:01 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


I have not bought a CD is several years, but I buy a lot of music.

Think about buying music in .mp3 from vendors like Amazon. They are often much cheaper. The quality is excellent, generally 320k.

If you eant a music CD, like for the car, or your stereo system, you can always burn it yourself.

Good blanks are very cheap.

Jan. 15 2010 05:06 PM
Rich from The Bronx

You're costing me money ! I by few cds these days (there are more than enough about the house) but two were bought in the last month after hearing works you played by composers I did not know. This is cutting into my pledge fund money:}

Jan. 15 2010 02:45 PM
Marcia C. Maytner from CALDWELL, N.J.


Jan. 15 2010 09:42 AM
Nancy de Flon from Metro NY

Hi Terrance, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music with Warren Jones for a year back aroud 1969, so it was great to hear you mention him! (He wouldn't remember me, had another name then.) You are, I think, the ONLY announcer who pronounces "Staatskapelle" corectly, by the way; it's NOT Shtatskapelle, as most people think, but Staatskapelle, just as I've heard you say it.

Jan. 14 2010 07:36 PM

M Gross - As for Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo", I gave two pronunciations:

1. sheh-LAW-muh (Russian pronunciation)
2.  SHLO-mo (Hebrew pronunciation) 

thanks for listening

Jan. 13 2010 12:30 AM
M. Gross

To help WQXR, you could begin by doing a better job
of preparing your shows, like determining how to pronounce Shelomo correctly. The "o's" or the same as in loco.

Jan. 12 2010 10:35 PM
Reverend Jeffrey Thomas Lundell from New York, NY

Dear Mr Mc Knight,

As one of my many resolutions for 2010, I hereby resolve to assist WQXR to the best of my limited ability.

With that in mind... I would like to organize several small black tie fundraising events to help keep your wonderful programs on the air.

How best can I accomplish this goal??

Reverend Jeff
~Rev.~ to my friends

Jan. 11 2010 02:22 PM
Liana Valente from Lakeland, FL

Hello Terrance! And Happy Birthday!
I was making a copy of the Studio GPR show we did together in 2003 for Judy Ross (she played her's raw!) and wondered how you were doing. From the looks of it, you are doing GREAT! Congrats on your WQXR gig! I'm further south now, in Central Florida, but still singing new literature and stretching those boundaries by commissioning new works.

Jan. 10 2010 02:07 PM
Monique Sewell from Atlanta

Terrance, I'm glad I found you and can listen online. Just wanted to say "Happy Belated Birthday" and I'm proud of you!

Jan. 07 2010 03:07 PM

I find such joy listening to your broadcast. It is always the perfect soundtrack to my evening. Your passion for the music is evident in not only your selections but your comments. Thank you!!

Jan. 06 2010 08:38 PM
Archie Hamilton


You are refreshing voice among others, I wish you the best, abd hreat tenure, in your new digs at wqxr, your show lend to a wider, selection than the dry long so, same "O" Same "O".

Jan. 04 2010 12:28 AM


I love your refreshing insights! I can tell you're very knowledgeable about classical music! Also, I enjoy listening to your is as relaxing as the music you play on the air!

Jan. 03 2010 06:57 PM
Henry from New York

new decade and ripe for change.
I'm not listening to any of the WQXR / WNYC family of stations. I find them all problematic.

much better for me to listen to other streaming stations with hosts who seem more professional.
Sorry, Terrance, but you asked us to comment, and I'm giving you my answer here.
no contributions either.

Jan. 03 2010 12:24 PM

I really enjoyed your Q2 program tonight. I wish it weren't so hard to figure out where to find the playlist, though.

I did find it, but it isn't at all clear where to look. Maybe you can address this?

Anyhow, it was a great list. I'll look forward to listening again.

Jan. 02 2010 11:57 PM
John Coppola


Jan. 02 2010 11:25 PM
rayna from West Orange, NJ

Ah, Terrance,you've done it once again. Tonight's Q2 is beautiful and moving. It is such a pleasure to have discovered music I have not heard before - it speaks to my soul. Thank you for starting my New Year with musical joy.

Jan. 02 2010 10:27 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, NJ


Jan. 02 2010 09:11 PM

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