This time of year is a time of both recharging, refueling and purging.
This week we're celebrating Beethoven's birthday.
The holiday season is in full swing, and many of the upcoming holidays are steeped in tradition - religious and cultural.
A few days ago while cleaning my apartment and listening to the radio, a piece of music came on that immediately caught my full attention.
Like drive-in movie theaters, fireflies, and fireworks, some things are just meant for the nighttime. This week on Q2 with Terrance McKnight we'll listen to music that was written for, or about things nocturnal.
For many of us November is the beginning of a long, festive and reflective holiday season. As for me..
This week, Q2 with Terrance McKnight will feature pieces of music written by composers when they were 30 years old.
Celebrating or even acknowledging All Saints and All Souls Day has never been on my to-do list. That's primarily because I wasn't fully aware of these long-standing holidays until I began preparing this show.
Since the first panpipes, musicians have attempted to imitate the human voice in non-vocal music.
Whenever I travel outside of the U.S., I'm always struck by the presence of American music, particularly our popular music. You hear it in hotels, clubs, on cruise ships, etc. People around the world respond viscerally to our music even if they're not English speakers. So on this week's Q2, we'll delve into the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sounds.
Long before I took my first piano lesson, I was drawn to music. Aside from the sound, I was moved by the effect I saw it having on those around me, especially in church. I was amazed at the gamut of emotions music evoked there, and this curiosity has led to a life-long relationship with music. To this day, I'm just as thrilled and appreciative when I hear incredible, inspiring music, whether it was written centuries ago or earlier this morning.
Terrance McKnight, host of Evening Music on WNYC, explores the musical legacy of Mary Travers. Mary is best known for her work with the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. She died of leukemia yesterday at the age of 72.
Here's Mary singing with Peter and Paul on the folk classic, "Blowin' in the Wind":
You know, the only group ... that I can think of in recent memory that had as much earnestness about social justice and politics as Peter, Paul and Mary, was Fugazi. A punk band from Washington D.C., known to a lot of people in an underground way, and they're not even playing any more... I don't know that there's a band around today that uses music in an earnest way, as Peter, Paul and Mary did.
Miles Davis’s seminal jazz album, “Kind of Blue,” turns 50 today. Davis, along with John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, recorded the album – widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums in history – in early 1959, and released it on August 17th, 1959.
Joining The Takeaway to talk about the impact this album has had is WNYC’s Evening Music Host Terrance McKnight.
Mozart: The Complete Collection just got a little bit bigger. Two new pieces of music have now been identified as compositions of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, written when he was seven or eight years old. These two pieces of musical history have been in possession of the International Mozarteum Foundation since 1864. Its Research Department Director, Dr. Ulrich Leisinger, who is responsible for identifying these two pieces, joins us from Salzburg, Austria. Also joining us is Terrance McKnight, host of WNYC’s Evening Music.
In this excerpt from Things Fall Apart, readers get a glimpse of Igbo life in Nigeria before the Europeans arrive to establish colonial institutions. Read by WNYC's evening host Terrance McKnight.
After the news of Michael Jackson’s death, his fans went out into the streets and to the places that he was associated with in their cities. Togther, they shared memories, listened to Jackson's music—and sang along.
In New York, people gravitated to the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where Jackson had his first big break. And in Detroit, people found themselves standing on the steps of the Motown Historical Museum.
Joining us are two people who joined the vigils. Terrance McKnight, WNYC’s Music Host, went out to the Apollo, while Amanda Le Claire , a producer at WDET in Detroit, headed towards Motown.
"What people will remember are these tunes. People will be able to separate the man, or his lifestyle, from the music."
— WNYC music host Terrance McKnight on Michael Jackson
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots - an uprising that gave new visibility to gay and lesbian people. WNYC's Evening Music host Terrance McKnight looks at how gay musicians are affected by the movement for gay liberation.