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  • Viennese Vibes December 31, 2002

    The holiday season always means all-star concerts, and today we've got two top musicians from two different genres. American tenor Jerry Hadley will take part in "Salute to Vienna," a... (episode)

  • Sandinistas and the Sex Mob December 30, 2002

    Although the visionary British punk band The Clash broke up in 1985, their politics and energetic style continue to be a major influence. Clash front-man Joe Strummer left us last wee... (episode)

  • Stranger in a Strange Land December 27, 2002

    We wrap up a week devoted to sacred music with a retrospective look at sacred music in a secular world. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Justin Davidson offers his insight on sac... (episode)

  • The Seven Principles December 26, 2002

    Soundcheck seeks the spiritual roots of the festival of Kwanzaa, with music from Tulani Kinard, formerly of the group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and discussion with Charles Reese, org... (episode)

  • Bells are ringing December 25, 2002

    Today on Soundcheck, Christmas music to stir the soul. John Schaefer hosts an hour devoted to live performances of Christmas music - from classical carols, to soul-filled gospel, to e... (episode)

  • A Messiah for Every Taste December 24, 2002

    Airs weekdays at 2PM on 93.9 FM On this edition of Soundcheck, a program devoted to the music of Handel's Messiah. Host John Schaefer welcomes NPR commentator Miles Hoffman who disc... (episode)

  • The Longest Night December 23, 2002

    It's the start of a week of Soundcheck programs devoted to sacred music. The incomparable Paul Winter tells us about his long-standing tradition of music in celebration of the Winter ... (episode)

  • Latin Grooves December 20, 2002

    Join us as John Schaefer welcomes the inimitable, Brooklyn-based jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill (pictured) heads up the newly created Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. O’Farrill has played an... (episode)

  • From Russia with Love December 19, 2002

    On this edition of Soundcheck, host John Schaefer speaks with renowned Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin about the world premiere of his opera for the concert stage, The Enchanted Wan... (episode)

  • Whither the Orchestra? December 18, 2002

    On this edition of Soundcheck, host John Schaefer speaks with Wall Street Journal music writer Greg Sandow about the current state of the American orchestra. From building new audienc... (episode)