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.
There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But it turns out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit.
Alan Pierson, ...
There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But in this short, we find out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit.