Terrance McKnight

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Terrance McKnight: a proud voice resounding from the middle of the road. Terrance is the evening host on WQXR.

When Terrance McKnight moved to New York City, his 96-year-old grandmother offered him a few words of wisdom: “If you’ve got something to say, get out there in the middle of the road and say it; don’t go hiding behind no bush.” From a long line of passionate citizens — his maternal family founded a branch of the NAACP in Mississippi and his father the pastor of a church in Cleveland — Terrance and his siblings were expected to contribute to their community while growing up. Early on, Terrance decided he would take the musician’s journey.

As a teenager, he played trumpet in the school orchestra and played piano for various congregations around Cleveland.  At Morehouse College and Georgia State University he performed with the college Glee Club and New Music Ensemble respectively and subsequently joined the music faculty at Morehouse. While in Georgia he brought his love of music and performing to the field of broadcasting. 

Terrance is an Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players and serves on the board of the Bagby Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.  He’s frequently sought out by major cultural organizations for his insight into the cultivation of diverse perspectives and voices in the cultural sphere. He regularly curates concerts and talks at Merkin Concert Hall, the Billie Holiday Theatre the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Terrance McKnight appears in the following:

A Panel on Black Church Activism

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reverend Kelly Brown Douglas and journalist Dorothy Butler Gilliam discuss the relationship between activism and black churches.

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Fifty Years Ago, 'Black Woodstock' Happened Weekly in Harlem

Thursday, August 15, 2019

In 1969, some of music's most iconic artists played free summer concerts in Mount Morris Park. Unlike the festival to the north, it's been largely overlooked. So let's rediscover it.

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Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On June 19, join Terrance McKnight for a celebration of the music of Tom Wiggins, in honor of Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, which marks the abolition of slavery.

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Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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.

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Charles White, Art & Conspiracy

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Esther Adler, Ian White, & Terrance McKnight on "Charles White: A Retrospective." Douglas Eklund, Ian Alteveer, & Kathryn S. Olmsted on "Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy."

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A Fresh Look at Studio 54, Charles White at MOMA

Friday, October 05, 2018

Ian Schrager & Matt Tyrnauer on “Studio 54.” Esther Adler & Ian White on "Charles White: A Retrospective."

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Remembering George Walker

Thursday, August 30, 2018

WQXR's Terrance McKnight remembers George Walker.
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Leonard Bernstein’s Black America

Friday, August 24, 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.
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Video Webcast: Chevalier de Saint-Georges Performed by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

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.

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The Golden Record Remastered: A Cosmic Mixtape

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. 

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Happy 100th Birthday Everett Lee, Trailblazing Conductor

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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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.
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Listen: Harpist Bridget Kibbey Performs Music of Kaija Saariaho and Elliott Carter

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.

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Watch: SONiC Boom! Kicking Off the Sounds of a New Century Festival

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.

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Trailblazing Singer Roland Hayes Turned Struggles into Triumphs

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.
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In-Studio: Matt Herskowitz Trio with Philippe Quint Bring Jazz to Bach

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.

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Soprano Reri Grist Tells of a Life of Adventures

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.
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The Greene Space

Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

7:00 PM

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!

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: Queens

Friday, February 20, 2015

7:00 PM

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.

No Boundaries: Music in the Life of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

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.

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The Greene Space

Battle of the Boroughs 2015: The Bronx

Friday, February 13, 2015

7:00 PM

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.