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Celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo.
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Celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo.

Airs Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App

New Season Features Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven Beginning Friday, September 18

From Vienna to Montreal, Berlin to Philadelphia, London to New York City and beyond, celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo discovers the secret stories behind some of the greatest classical music ever composed in Season 2 of GREAT PERFORMANCES: NOW HEAR THIS.

The first episode is "Haydn: King Of Strings."


When Joseph Haydn visited England, he was so taken with “God Save the King” that he wanted to write an anthem for Austria’s monarch. Host Scott Yoo discovers how Haydn borrowed folk music from Scotland, Hungary and Austria to create his “Emperor Quartet.”

Along the way, he and guest violinist Geoff Nuttall reveal how Haydn created the string quartet format, providing an inside look and deeper appreciation for the genre. Haydn went on to write more great string quartets than any other composer.

Places visited: Eisenstadt, Rohrau and Vienna, Austria; Fertod, Hungary; London; Charleston, S.C.

Up Next:

“The Schubert Generation”
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NOW HEAR THIS was created by producer, writer and director Harry Lynch and is a production of Arcos Film + Music. Harry Lynch, Scott Yoo, and Richard Lim are executive producers. GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.