Terrance McKnight


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.


Terrance McKnight appears in the following:

Evening Broadcast: Beethoven Akademie 1808

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The final night of this year’s Mostly Mozart Festival would have been a recreation of Beethoven’s famous four-hour-long 1808 Akademie concert.


Black Experience In The Concert Hall: The Mozart Effect

Thursday, August 13, 2020

WQXR’s Terrance McKnight hosts a conversation about the Black experience in the concert hall and the unique challenges people of color face in the classical music world.

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Chevalier Blanc

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Because it was Joseph Boulogne who had Wolfgang's number.


Re-Play – Opening Night Broadcast: Mozart / Pärt Mashup

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Opening Night broadcast of the Mostly Mozart Festival on WQXR features a “mashup” of Mozart’s Requiem seamlessly interwoven with Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.

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SPECIAL – Juneteenth: “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall”

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

To celebrate Juneteenth, WQXR hosted a live call-in special – “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall” – with WQXR's Evening Host Terrance McKnight. 

Juneteenth: “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall”

Saturday, June 20, 2020

On Friday, June 19th, WQXR honors Juneteenth with a live call-in special, “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall” hosted by Terrance McKnight. 

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Your Juneteenth Playlist

Friday, June 19, 2020

WQXR's evening host Terrance McKnight shares his playlist for Juneteenth. 

Speedy Beet

Friday, May 22, 2020

Beethoven, like you've never heard him before.
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IN CONVERSATION – With Víkingur Ólafsson

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

WQXR's evening host Terrance McKnight in conversation with Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson

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.


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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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."


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.


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. 


Happy 100th Birthday Everett Lee, Trailblazing Conductor

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.
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