For its second night, the 2012 Look & Listen Festival featured a star-studded line-up of diverse, unexpected collaborations and music from Taiwanese composer Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, winner of the festival's annual composition competition.
On Saturday, April 21st, Q2 Music presented a live audio Webcast of composer-pianist Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain's sold-out performance from The Met Museum's majestic Temple of Dendur.
On Friday, the bad-boy organist Cameron Carpenter joined host Terrance McKnight in The Greene Space to play works by Bach, Ives, Grainger, Leonard Cohen and others.
WQXR host Terrance McKnight joins us to discuss the premiere of a newly-discovered piece by the Austrian composer Mozart. The piece was discovered in a late 18th-century music book in Austria by a university lecturer compiling pieces of handwritten music.
Like countless creative collaborations, the one between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes was fruitful but ultimately ended in acrimony.
Wednesday, February 15th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR; Saturday, February 18th at 6AM on 93.9 FM and NJPR; Saturday, February 18th at 2PM on AM 820; Sunday, February 19th at 8PM on 820 AM and NJPR
Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians. I, Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen. As he did with his poetry, Hughes used music to denounce war, combat segregation and restore human dignity in the face of Jim Crow.
Explore the classical side of acclaimed singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright in this very special one-night-only event!
Sunday, February 5th at 9PM on AM 820; Thursday, February 16th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, AM 820, and NJPR
A musical portrait of the wife of late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Julliard-trained pianist who performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Known as the “darling of Café Society,” Hazel Scott became a trailblazer in Hollywood; an outspoken civil rights activist which made her a political target; and ultimately, an outcast, ostracized by the Church community because of her music.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in The Greene Space, Q2 Music presents a live concert and videocast with a star-studded lineup of composer-performers from this season's hotly-anticipated Ecstatic Music Festival 2012. Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight, the show includes performances by composer-percussionist Jason Treuting, multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negron, and musical polymath Jherek Bischoff.
Wednesday is the 110th birthday of Harlem Renaissance author and social activist Langston Hughes. Celebrated around the world for his emotionally charged yet economic use of language, one of the lesser-known aspects of Hughes' legacy is that of lyricist. In a collaboration with the African-American classical composer William Grant Still - and grandfather of The Takeaway's own Celeste Headlee - Hughes created an opera based on the life of Haitian revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines titled "Troubled Island."
Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.
Hosted by WQXR Radio Hosts, Midge Woolsey and Terrance McKnight. Can’t get enough Beethoven? Don’t suffer in silence. Join us for this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event at The Greene Space,
Join the internationally acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. WQXR’s Terrance McKnight—a proud Glee Club alum—hosts the evening.
This week has been a time of reflection on the loss, perseverance, and humanity displayed on September 11, 2001. It's also been a time for remembrance of 9/11. We asked our listeners to send us suggestions for songs that helped them cope with and process the events of that day. Here are some of their suggestions.
Cease the last full month of Summer with the Look & Listen Festival running through August here on Cued Up. For the fest's third concert of four, enjoy two world premieres by the delightfully unclassifiable drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and his group The Claudia Quintet with Theo Bleckmann, a world premiere by past Q2 composer-portrait Angélica Negrón and works by toy piano wiz Phyllis Chen and textural magician Zibuokle Martinaityte.