Terrance McKnight is the evening host on WQXR.
Terrance'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, including jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.
Terrance was first heard in New York in 2008 when he joined the staff of WNYC. He moved to WQXR in 2009 and he earned an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. 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.
Other activities for Terrance include appearances as a panelist or speaker with Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's concert and lecture series, among other outlets.
Musical obsession: When discovering a new piece or new recording, I've been known to listen to a track practically every day for over a year or 'till I find another recording to obsess over.
Desert island disk: On a desert island, I'd have to have the best of Duke Ellington. This would give me access to a range of emotion, instrumentation, singing, solo piano and memories of home.
Terrance McKnight appears in the following:
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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.
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.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
What do you think about iPads as instruments? A few months ago the pianist Lang Lang came to our studio and played Flight of the Bumblebee on one. That's possible because of a three-dollar application that simulates a keyboard. Now there is an app that simulates the violin.
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?
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.
Monday, September 13, 2010
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."
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.