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:

Video Webcast: Chevalier de Saint-Georges Performed by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Watch a live video stream of our evening of chamber music and history featuring Kareem M. Lucas of The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight.


The Golden Record Remastered: A Cosmic Mixtape

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watch our celebration of The Golden Record's 40th anniversary with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, writer Maria Popova, Science Friday's Ira Flatow and WQXR's Terrance McKnight. 


Happy 100th Birthday Everett Lee, Trailblazing Conductor

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On Aug. 31 Everett Lee, one of the first African-American conductors to lead an integrated Broadway cast, turns 100 years old. Terrance McKnight spoke to him on his big day.
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Listen: Harpist Bridget Kibbey Performs Music of Kaija Saariaho and Elliott Carter

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Listen to chamber music by Kaija Saariaho, Elliott Carter, Meredith Monk and Zibuokle Martinaityte, performed live at BRIC House on April 30, 2016.


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

Friday, October 16, 2015

On Oct. 15, Q2 Music kicked off the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival (SONiC) in The Greene Space at WQXR with Music from Copland House.


Trailblazing Singer Roland Hayes Turned Struggles into Triumphs

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The accomplishments of Roland Hayes, the first world-renowned African-American classical singer, have been overshadowed. But that may start to change.
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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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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 pm on Saturday, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a 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 Gl...


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'l...


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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