Radio documentary: “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America”

Posted on: May 3, 2018

On Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. on New York classical radio station WQXR, Terrance McKnight will host a one-hour documentary, “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America.” The program will cover McKnight’s own memories of the American conductor-composer and Bernstein’s personal campaign for racial justice. The show will cover Bernstein’s marching in Selma with singer and actor Harry Belafonte; bringing black conductors to Tanglewood in the 1950s; hiring violinist Sanford Allen at the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s; raising money for civil rights organizations; and calling for André Watts to play Beethoven at the memorial after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Click here for more information.

Posted May 3, 2018