Terrance McKnight


Terrance McKnight is the WQXR weekday evening host. He also hosts the Saturday evening program, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery, which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010.

McKnight’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 – jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.

McKnight was first heard in New York in 2008 when he joined the staff of WNYC. He moved to WQXR in October 2009. 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.


Terrance McKnight appears in the following:

In-Studio: Matt Herskowitz Trio with Philippe Quint Bring Jazz to Bach

Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Matt Herskowitz Jazz Trio came to the WQXR performance studio with two violinists from the classical world – Philippe Quint and Lara St. John – to swing Bach.

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SONiC Boom! Watch Live: Kicking Off the Sounds of a New Century Festival

Monday, July 27, 2015

Join Q2 Music on Thursday, October 15 at 7 pm in The Greene Space at WQXR to kick off the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival (SONiC).


Soprano Reri Grist Tells of a Life of Adventures

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Reri Grist was part of the second generation of black opera singers who followed Marian Anderson's breakthrough at the Met in 1955.
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Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Mar. 27 | Come hear Manhattan’s salsa, Brooklyn’s indie-pop, soul from The Bronx, Queens indie folk and Staten Island thrash metal: Only one can be crowned the city's best!

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: Queens

Friday, February 20, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Feb. 20 | Queens takes the stage in our quest to find New York City's best up-and-coming musical act. Come for a party, hear great music, then vote for your favorite performance.

No Boundaries: Music in the Life of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a new one-hour special highlighting the life and music of composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: The Bronx

Friday, February 13, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Feb. 13 | The Bronx takes the stage in our quest to find New York City's best up-and-coming musical act. Come for a party, hear great music, then vote for your favorite performance.

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Bounce: The Basketball Opera

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7:00 PM

Wed. Feb 11 | Ardea Arts and The Greene Space present a workshop performance of BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera. 

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: Manhattan

Friday, February 6, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Feb. 6 | Sold Out- Manhattan is sold out, but join us for the Bronx on Feb. 13. Manhattan takes the stage in our quest to find New York City's best up-and-coming musical act. 

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5j Barrow Live

Friday, January 23, 2015

7:30 PM

Fri, Jan. 23 | Join indie-folk band 5j Barrow, winners of our 2014 Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs, for an intimate concert live in The Greene Space. 

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A Conversation on Ailey’s New Season

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7:00 PM

Wed, Nov. 12 | Join us for an inside look at the upcoming season of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Featuring an excerpt performed by Ailey dancers.

Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 13th annual Look & Listen Festival kicked off on April 26 at the BRIC House with a diverse program of American music by Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky, Animal Collective and John Glover. Listen to the entire show now. 


Vote for Staten Island's Best Band!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Staten Island's best?

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American Music: Duke Ellington's Birthday Celebration

Monday, April 28, 2014

Join The Jonathan Channel and WQXR's Terrance McKnight as we celebrate the birthday of the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Duke Ellington. Beginning Tuesday afternoon at 4PM ET, we'll take a look into the life of one of America's most beloved composers.


Honorable Mention: The Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald

Friday, April 25, 2014

Beginning Friday afternoon at 3PM, The Jonathan Channel celebrates the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald. For over five decades, Ella Fitzgerald dominated the jazz world and tomorrow afternoon, we're having a party. From 3PM to 7PM, WQXR's Terrance McKnight hosts a musical tour through the life of this dynamic performer. 

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Q2 Music Presents Vijay Iyer & The Brentano String Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

7:00 PM

Acclaimed composer-pianist Vijay Iyer performs selections from his newest album “Mutations," joined by the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet.

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Watch Live: Pianist Vijay Iyer and Brentano Quartet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tonight at 7 pm ET, watch composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet for an evening of conversation and music for piano, string and electronics from The Greene Space.


Need for Speed

Thursday, November 28, 2013

There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But it turns out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit.

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Video: August Wilson Talk Series - Religion, Spirituality and Africa

Friday, September 27, 2013

The playwright often used his characters to explore the transformative power of embracing one’s identity and ancestral lineage. A conversation hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight.

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Religion, Spirituality and Africa

Thursday, September 19, 2013

7:00 PM

Spirituality, like music, has been integral to African-American life since the first African was brought to America in 1619. This discussion will examine how playwright August Wilson uses his characters in his American Century Cycle to demonstrate the empowerment that comes from embracing one’s identity and the ancestors who came before.