Terrance McKnight is the evening host on WQXR.
Terrance'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, including jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.
Terrance was first heard in New York in 2008 when he joined the staff of WNYC. He moved to WQXR in 2009 and he earned an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. 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.
Other activities for Terrance include appearances as a panelist or speaker with Chamber Music America, the Mellon Foundation, American Opera Projects and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's concert and lecture series, among other outlets.
Musical obsession: When discovering a new piece or new recording, I've been known to listen to a track practically every day for over a year or 'till I find another recording to obsess over.
Desert island disk: On a desert island, I'd have to have the best of Duke Ellington. This would give me access to a range of emotion, instrumentation, singing, solo piano and memories of home.
Terrance McKnight appears in the following:
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Leonard Bernstein marched in Selma with Harry Belafonte, and his campaign for racial justice involved empowering black conductors and soloists. Host Terrance McKnight tells this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, March 27, 2015
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!
Friday, February 20, 2015
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.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
At 9 pm on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a one-hour special highlighting the life and music of composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Friday, February 13, 2015
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wed. Feb 11 | Ardea Arts and The Greene Space present a workshop performance of BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera.
Friday, February 6, 2015
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.
Friday, January 23, 2015
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.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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.
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...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Staten Island's best?
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...