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I was first introduced to the power of music as a 3-year old sitting in church with my parents. I remember keenly watching the pianist play the hymns each week before going home to try and figure out what I had just heard. Since then, I've never lost the urge to discover all that I can about music and how it works. 

 

However, as I've grown older, I've also given more thought to the ways that music functions as part of our larger society. This stems in many ways from the time I spent in college studying broadcast journalism (my second major) and working as a field reporter for the local news station. Those experiences opened my eyes to the shocking lack of awareness that many people have surrounding not only world issues, but issues facing their local communities.
 
I attribute this mainly to a failure of all parties to clearly communicate with each other. Music can bridge these gaps and provide all of us with a digestible way to plug into the world outside of our doors. It is for this reason that I devote a significant portion of my programming to music that speaks towards current social issues, rather than limit myself solely to the wonderful, though sometimes overplayed traditional repertoire. It may be an unreachable aspiration, but I aim to be a conduit for positive social change with every program that I learn.

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A Langston Hughes Song Revival

Union County Performing Arts Center: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St. , Rahway, NJ

Performances alongside Terrance Mcknight (WQXR), Ashely Jackson (Harpist), Malcolm Merriweather (baritone)

I Too Sing America - Margaret Bonds Song to a Dark Virgin - Florence Price Minstrel Man - Margaret Bonds Dream Variation - Margaret Bonds The Negro Speaks of Rivers - Howard Swanson Note on Commercial Theatre - Gershwin Prelude Melody No. 17, arranged - T.McKnight Demonstration - Beethoven, Piano Sonata 13, 2nd mvmt, arranged -T.McKnight Life is Fine - Beethoven, Bagatelle Op. 126 #1, arranged - T.McKnight American Variations - Beethoven 'God Save the King', arranged - T.McKnight Weary Blues - Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30, mvmt. 1, arranged T.McKnight

Harlem Chamber Players: 12th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue & 135th Street) , New York, NY

7 Variations on God Save the King WoO 78....Beethoven/Langston Hughes arranged by Terrance McKnight String Quartet in G Major....Florence Price String Quartet No. 1....George Walker INTERMISSION Heaven Medley....Duke Ellington, Joseph Joubert, Hall Johnson My God Is So High....arranged by Hall Johnson Concert Variations on "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"....Joseph Joubert There is a Balm in Gilead....arranged by Joseph Joubert Every Time I Feel the Spirit....arranged by Joseph Joubert

Featuring Terrance McKnight, host and performer Kyle Walker, piano Ashley Horne, violin Claire Chan, violin Amadi Azikiwe, viola Wayne Smith, cello Joseph Joubert, piano Renay Peters Joubert, soprano

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