John Schaefer


John Schaefer appears in the following:

Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, Part II

Thursday, February 28, 2008

So, after all this, what about the concert itself? Well, you can presumably hear it by clicking on the link to our broadcast of it elsewhere on this website (ed.'s note: our broadcast window has expired. Check the New York Philharmonic's site, which has full online audio/video of the event: ...

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Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, part I

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Day 2 starts just a few hours after a frustrating day 1 ends. Upon waking, no tech fairies have appeared to magically make connections work, though Larry Rock has been making reassuring noises in his emails to NY, which I'm cc'd on. The banquet room has been set up for ...

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The Dark Side of the Moon

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I don't know what I really expected from North Korea - I pictured it as a steely, grey, cold place: a bleak, barren land with people moving around in a combination of militaristic precision and cult-induced narcosis.
So when we flew in over a bleak, barren landscape with almost ...

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New York Philharmonic Across the Axis of Evil

Monday, February 25, 2008

Korean American listeners and Charles Armstrong, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), weigh in on the Philharmonic's trip to North Korea. John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, calls in from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, ...

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New York Philharmonic Arrives in North Korea

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York Philharmonic arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea yesterday and it is making finnal preparations for its landmark concert tomorrow night. Soundcheck host John Schaefer is there and he joins us with his initial impressions.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Under other circumstances, the New York Philharmonic's performance here tonight might be a story unto itself. But with the orchestra leaving tomorrow morning, with its press corps in tow, for the history-making concert in North Korea, tonight is simply a prelude to the main event.

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Destination: Pyongyang

Friday, February 22, 2008

Greetings and welcome to Soundcheck’s Pyongyang blog! For the next week, Soundcheck host John Schaefer will be part of the New York Philharmonic’s Asian 2008 entourage as the orchestra makes a grand overture of cultural diplomacy, performing a concert in North Korea. If the internet access that we're promised actually ...

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Best of 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

See what host John Schaefer and the listeners chose as the best albums of 2007.


Remembering Hilly

Monday, September 03, 2007

Hilly Krystal, the founder of the rock club CBGBs, died this past week at the age of 75. This coming Tuesday, one of CBGBs most legendary regulars, the singer Patti Smith, will headline the opening night concert at the new Music Hall of Williamsburg. All ...


Saratoga Race Memories

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The gates at historic Saratoga Race Course open today, for a six week race-season considered to be the finest in North America. And each year, WNYC’s John Schaefer follows the horses north, pulled by the charm and the chance to place a bet.


See You at the Races

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Saratoga Race Track opened today. WNYC's John Schaefer offers his reflections on magic of Saratoga.


John Schaefer's Best of 2006 Albums

Thursday, December 21, 2006

John Schaefer chooses the best of the best of 2006.


John Zorn

Friday, September 29, 2006

Saxophonist and composer John Zorn may have just won a $500,000 MacArthur fellowship, but he started out as a rebel in the 1970s and transformed New York's downtown music scene. Since then, he's led a hardcore band, a jazz quartet and a chamber ensemble, and he founded ...


"Bringing Back the Music"

Monday, October 24, 2005

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WNYC will offer a live broadcast of “Bringing Back the Music,” a benefit concert for the Louisiana Philharmonic ...


Opera Star Sings a New Tune

Friday, July 01, 2005

Renee Fleming has trained hard for years to hit the high notes. But she gets to ease up a little on her latest recording Haunted Heart. WNYC’S Soundcheck host John Schaefer talked with Fleming about taking on this new project.


Brooklyn Museum of Art Exhibits Portraits With a Hip-Hop Flavor

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Artist Kehinde Wiley portraits of young African American men are now on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in a show called "Passing/Posing." His lushly colored paintings combine elements of hip-hop culture with quasi-religious imagery. Wiley dropped by WNYC's Soundcheck studio not long along to ...


Senegalese pop sensation Youssou N’Dour

Thursday, July 08, 2004

From Fulton Avenue in Brooklyn to 125th street uptown posters announcing the coming of The Great African Ball have been fluttering along street poles for several weeks now. And the mastermind behind this all-night musical dance party is none other than the great Senegalese pop ...


Nina Simone's Music and Social Consciousness

Friday, June 13, 2003

A sold-out concert this evening celebrates the life and legacy of the great jazz vocalist Nina Simone. WNYC's John Schaefer took time on his afternoon music program Soundcheck to explore not only Simone's music, but her legacy of social consciousness......


Another Evening with Bill T. Jones

Friday, May 30, 2003

Veteran choreographer Bill T. Jones, sultry singer Cassandra Wilson and up-and-coming composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain are collaborating on a project called "Another Evening." This work features the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and will be performed this weekend at Aaron Davis Hall. ...


Imperfect Voices

Saturday, January 04, 2003

From Maria Callas to Lou Reed, Kurt Andersen and WNYC's John Schaefer talk about what makes a voice "flawed."