Terrance McKnight appears in the following:
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."
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is one of the nation's top orchestras. It has been facing financial problems in recent years, with corporate contributions and ticket sales down and an operating deficit that could reach $5 million this year. Now they are negotiating with the orchestra's musicians over a new contract.
Friday, August 20, 2010
If you ever want to hear a piano laugh, listen to Bud Powell. And when you want to hear that same piano get deeply sentimental or sound like its catching fire, stick with Bud Powell.
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.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
This week, we hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Music Knows No Boundaries, a sentiment the group epitomizes. We hear a diverse program, featuring music from John Dowland to Conlon Nancarrow.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday night I played a recording of J.S.Bach's Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother. It's one of those pieces that at times sounds easy enough for a novice. Bach was in his teens when he composed it.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Greene Space and the Caramoor International Jazz Festival turn up the heat in New York City, as we bring you a sneak-peek into the full three-day Caramoor International Jazz Festival with today’s jazz greats: Elio Villafranca, Clarice Assad, and Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra.
Friday, July 16, 2010
How many of us could've predicted this pairing, Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice singing and playing the classics. Neither of these women is a stranger to classical music. Dr. Rice has performed at the White House with Yo Yo Ma and Ms. Franklin stepped in and covered for Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards in 1998.
Friday, July 09, 2010
This week we celebrated the 150 anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth. Throughout the week, I heard several commentators and hosts quoting Mahler. One quote that kept coming up was “My time will come.”
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Musicians and music lovers have been known to go to extremes for their love of the art form.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Finding one’s own voice is a journey that every artist takes. And in most cases the very successful ones are those who are able to cast an artistic shadow that is unmistakably their own.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Just like I expected Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers to knock off the Boston Celtics, I was hopeful that Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic would knock Bernstein out of the park during their East Coast tour last week. Over consecutive weeks, both superstars appeared mortal.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Dogs enjoy many of the things that we enjoy: table food, water, beer and surprises. But what about music? Some seem to, but perhaps their pleasure is derived from the enjoyment they sense from their owners as they listen.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
A few weeks ago I got a text message from a friend saying she was listening to me on air at a bodega in Brooklyn. Just last week I listened to my colleague Midge Woolsey while at my doctor’s office in Manhattan.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Nominations for theater's Tony awards have been announced, and three productions have taken the majority of the nominations. The revival of August Wilson’s “Fences” received 10 nominations, the musical version of the classic drag comedy “La Cage aux Folles” snapped up 11: the same number as “Fela!” It's a depiction of the life of Nigerian composer and political activist Fela Kuti.