Curtis Macdonald

Technical Producer

Curtis Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer, sound designer, Peabody award-winning radio producer and Technical Producer of WNYC Music, WQXR.

Curtis has won commissions from Aszure Barton & Artists, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Kate Weare Company, Hubbard Street Dance, Bayerisches Staatsballett (The Bavarian State Ballet), Larry Keigwin & Co., and The Juilliard School. In 2014, he was co-awarded the first Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize for his collaboration with Aszure Barton on the dance Awáa, and in 2016 he received a New Music USA grant for his collaboration with Kate Weare in Marksman. In suit, Curtis’ original theatrical scores have been featured across several modern dance and ballet companies worldwide.

Curtis has released three albums as a bandleader, Community Immunity (2011), Twice Through The Wall(2013), and most recently, Scotobiologythe study of darkness, inspired by the effects of artificial light on living beings. He has also authored Introducing Extended Saxophone Techniques published by Mel Bay and is faculty at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music  and Ohio Wesleyan University's New York Arts Program. Furthermore, Curtis is technical producer for WQXR/WNYC where he received a Peabody Award in 2015 for his work on the podcast Meet The Composer. Recently he co-wrote, produced, and sound designed a full-length feature with host Terrance McKnight, entitled Leonard Bernstein’s Black America that generated record-reaching audience engagement.

Moreover Curtis has exhibited work at The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series with the Kate Weare Company, and also with vocalist Helga Davis at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in response to visual artist Nick Cave’s Until. Curtis also has worked closely with the great American composer, multi-instrumentalist and Pulitzer Prize laureate Henry Threadgill as a conductor, copyist and member of his ensembles ‘Double-Up’, and ‘14 or 15 Kestra: Agg’.

Currently he is serving New York Public Radio as Technical Producer of WQXR (WNYC Music) for new documentaries and podcasts, including the recent feature on the great actor, singer and legendary American icon Harry Belafonte, among many other shows coming out Fall 2019.

Curtis Macdonald appears in the following:

30. On Peace

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Relationship therapist Esther Perel reflects on how hearing Gabriel Fauré's Requiem taught her about the power of music to connect us to our rawest emotions.

29. On Imperfection

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Producer Krystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte.

28. On Patience

Monday, October 07, 2019

Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft and emotion of Bach's Chaconne for Violin resonates through her life and work. 

27. On History

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland lead him to discover the music of Frédéric Chopin and find a particular connection with the Etude Opus 10, No. 1.

26. On A Journey

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives insight into his long and inspiring journey with Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto.

Women of Our Times

Friday, October 04, 2019

Her/Music: Her/Story concludes tonight with an hour on today's leading women composers.

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25. On What Changed My Life

Friday, October 04, 2019

TV producer Megan Reid talks about Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel helped spark a lifelong obsession with ballet.

24. On Overcoming Adversity

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Broadcaster Terrance McKnight links family, art, a late Beethoven piano bagatelle, and the poetry of Langston Hughes.

23. On Imagination

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Preschool art teacher Justin Jackson explains how he uses Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King to inspire his students.

22. On Just Letting Go

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Journalist Alison Stewart talks about how Erik Satie's Gymnopédies helped her return to the piano as an adult.

21. On Perspective

Monday, September 30, 2019

Architect Daniel Libeskind reflects on the healing power of music and architecture.

20. On Resolution

Sunday, September 29, 2019

WQXR’s Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Cheng discovered Bach via the Atari 2600, but her emotional journey through the music began with his Violin Sonata No. 1.

19. On Time And Consciousness

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis discusses how Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 helped him understand the role of music in connecting the past and the future.

18. On Nourishing The Soul

Friday, September 27, 2019

Instagram’s Eva Chen talks about how Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 helps her switch gears to work on her series of children’s books.

The Rise and Fall of Cecile Chaminade

Friday, September 27, 2019

Her/Music: Her/Story returns for an exploration of the life and career of composer Cecile Chaminade.

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17. On Elevation

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Comedian Eddie Izzard talks about how Debussy’s Clair de Lune removes him from the noise of everyday life.

16. On Forgiveness

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Opera singer J'Nai Bridges discusses what she learned about forgiveness and memory from Henry Purcell's heartbreaking "Dido's Lament".

15. On How We Listen

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Army reservist Joe Young talks about how Steve Reich's music helped him find his path in life.

14. On A Quiet Kind Of Miracle

Monday, September 23, 2019

Writer Robert Macfarlane reflects on the fragility and beauty of Frederic Chopin's Berceuse in a time of war.

13. On Empathy

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Violinist Nicola Benedetti reveals what Beethoven’s Violin Concerto taught her about empathy.