Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Terrance McKnight, Host of 'Evening Music' on Classical Station WNYC, is Heard Online

David Bukszpan is Publicist for WNYC Radio. He tells Africlassical of a New York classical music broadcast on weekday evenings which is streamed on the Internet: “Terrance McKnight is the host of 'Evening Music,' a classical music program that airs from 7pm-11pm on WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station. The program also streams live at, so many listeners outside of New York tune in.” The program highlights for Feb. 24 began: “Songs of Separation: We hear William Grant Still's powerful setting of five related works by African American poets in 'Songs of Separation.'"
“As the host of the weeknight edition of Evening Music, Terrance McKnight brings to the position wide and varied musical experience that includes performance, teaching and radio broadcast. McKnight joins WNYC from Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he was creator, producer and host of Studio GPB for five years, a show which grew in popularity and influence during his tenure. The program featured a wide array of musical artists through interviews, live studios sessions, and commercial recordings, and guests included John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Marin Alsop, Marcus Roberts and Michael Eric Dyson. Due to its popularity, the program expanded from one night per week to five. While at GPB, he also initiated and hosted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Broadcast series, which featured live performances and interviews with conductors, guest soloists and orchestra members.

In addition to his radio work, McKnight was also a member of the Morehouse College faculty, where he taught music appreciation and applied piano since 1998. An accomplished pianist, McKnight got his start in public radio as the first resident of NPR's Classical Music Diversity Initiative Program, for which he worked at NPR's Performance Today. In 1997, McKnight performed the world premiere of 'Broke Baroque,' at the National Black Music Caucus 25th Anniversary Celebration in Atlanta as part of a musical tribute to T.J. Anderson. McKnight holds a B.A. from Morehouse, where he toured with the College Glee Club as an accompanist and soloist, and an M.A. in Music from Georgia State University, where he performed with the 20th Century Chamber Ensemble.

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