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Anthony McGill

Sound Off with Katy Henriksen


In this episode Katy talks to Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. He's the first African-American to hold a principal chair in the orchestra's history. In response to the murder of George Floyd and the protests that erupted surrounding police violence against Black people he launched the #taketwoknees initiative on social media. He’s also in an incredible trio with his brother, flutist Demarre McGill and pianist Michael McHale, as the McGill/McHale Trio. In addition to #taketwoknees, we discuss what it's like to be a symphony musician in the time of Covid-19 and how this time away from the concert hall could reset our ears to make music anew when we're finally able to return. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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