GREAT PERFORMANCES: NOW HEAR THIS: Copland: Dean of American Music
Premieres Friday, April 22, 2022 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On demand
Drawing from his Jewish roots, modernism and American folk music, Pulitzer-, Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Aaron Copland created a distinctive American sound in both his classical compositions and film scores. Like Copland did for much of his career, host Scott Yoo and fellow musicians spend time working with students at a music festival in Colorado to strengthen their auditioning skills and better understand Copland’s music.
To discover Copland’s inspiration, Yoo travels to New York to explore the Jewish music Copland was raised with as well as modernist music through performances by Cantor Daniel Mutlu, violinist Steven Copes, cellist Mark Kosower, festival music director and pianist Susan Grace and more. Later, Yoo becomes the student and learns from pianist and Copland enthusiast John Novacek about how the composer developed his signature sound, now so familiar to us all.
Places visited: Colorado Springs, Colorado; New York, New York
Related: 5 Audition Tips to You from Yoo
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