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GREAT PERFORMANCES: NOW HEAR THIS: Becoming Mozart

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

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

Renowned violinist and conductor Scott Yoo travels through Europe and the U.S. to explore beloved works by the world’s greatest classical composers

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 "Becoming Mozart."

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Host Scott Yoo invites piano phenomenon Stewart Goodyear to his Festival Mozaic to play Mozart’s titanic 20th piano concerto as Mozart himself would have done it: directing the orchestra from the piano while improvising the solos.

To do that, Yoo must teach Goodyear to conduct. And Goodyear, one of the only classical concert pianists with this improvisational skill, will have to find his inspiration to become Mozart.

Places visited: San Luis Obispo and rural California

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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.