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GREAT PERFORMANCES: NOW HEAR THIS: The Schubert Generation

Celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo at the piano.
Courtesy of Arcos Film + Music
Celebrated violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo at the piano.

Airs Friday, Sept. 25, 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 next episode is "The Schubert Generation."

Franz Schubert composed 1,500 works, but his genius wasn’t recognized until after his tragic death at 31. The Vienna native never found success in his hometown, then the world’s musical capital.

Host Scott Yoo goes to today’s musical capitals to meet tomorrow’s most promising artists — all of them Schubert’s age during his career — to understand Schubert’s life through some of his greatest music and learn what it takes for a young classical artist to make it in the 21st century.


Places visited: New York City and rural New York; Montreal and rural Quebec; Philadelphia, Pa.

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Credits:

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.