All Ears with Terrance McKnight
Risk-Taking Chamber Music
Guest host Mariko Hughes presents an eclectic mix that includes small ensembles that perform traditional fare, pieces with less-usual instruments like the kora, and even a bit of jazz.
In a Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington's classic "In a Sentimental Mood" sets the stage for an evening of nostalgic moments. Our soundtrack for a journey down memory lane includes works by Bach, Janacek, De Falla and others.
Music in Strange Places
This week, All Ears explores music which transports the listener to a different time and place. Stops along the journey include Purcell's Dido's Lament, Cage's She is Asleep and Ellington's Liberian Suite: Dance No. 3.
Sunday Morning Special
On this Saturday night, we sample music that symbolizes the ease, spiritual searching, religiosity, and quiet clamor that make Sunday mornings uniquely special.
Play it My Way
Terrance McKnight brings you a new edition of All Ears exploring composers who maintain their personal identities through their music.
Big Ears, Big Mouths
Goethe once said, "music starts where words end." But what about when the words continue and the music joins in? All Ears celebrates this overlap.
Music for All Saints' and All Souls' Days
All Ears honors All Saints and All Souls Day, two religious holidays dating back to the Second Century A.D.
If you have fond memories of a place, if only through music, it's nice to go back there sometimes. On this edition of All Ears, Terrance McKnight shares compositions that might remind you of home.
The Art of Orchestration
This edition of All Ears looks at how music written for piano is re-purposed for string quartet, jazz quartet and symphony orchestra.
All Ear Worms
Through film and TV, composers like Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible), Carter Burwell (almost every Coen Brothers film) and Gershwin (countless films) have all penetrated our collective ear.
When Form Follows Composer
On this edition of All Ears, Terrance McKnight explores composers who have veered outside of the styles for which they are best known.
Music in the key of Joy
Balance is the key to healthy living, goes an old saying. But can one ever have too much joy? This week on All Ears, host Terrance McKnight toys with pieces that provide a pleasurable, joyful listening experience.
A good composer can always convey the spirit of his intentions even if certain details are not easily discernible. This week, Terrance McKnight explores pieces translating those very feelings.
Music as a 'Family Value'
A few years back, "family values" was a popular catch phrase that spoke to religious and socially conservative thought. But host Terrance McKnight explores the phrase in a different context.
The Hand that Rocks
Terrance McKnight considers the fact that sometimes it takes a tragedy in our lives to accept a helping hand. On tap are works by Debussy, Satie, Higdon and Lang.
This week, host Terrance McKnight explores music by American, French and Canadian composers that represents the ideals of liberty, equality and self awakening.
Young and Mysterious
This week, Terrance McKnight features Kevin James's composition NYC Playground, recorded by the Young People's Chorus of New York, and the Face the Music ensemble performs works by Phil Kline.
All Ears host Terrance McKnight says that we hear beauty when we hear ourselves, and this week he plays compositions of considerable beauty to the Western psyche.
Fears and Phobias
Public speaking is one of the most common phobias, but not so for host Terrance McKnight. His life-long fear was ornithophobia - a fear of birds.
Music Made with Toys
Cage's non-traditional use of radios, toys, and traditional instruments continues to inform contemporary music. On this edition of All Ears, it's music inspired by radio and other musical toys.
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