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Great Performances: Now Hear This

Great Performances: Now Hear This

  • Premiered: 
    September 20, 2019
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Music
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Documentary miniseries presented by Great Performances 
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  • Season 1
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  • Season 2
    • Amazon
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Plot Synopsis

Presented by GREAT PERFORMANCES, each four-episode season of NOW HEAR THIS follows violinist and chief conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Scott Yoo, as he discovers the secret stories behind some of the greatest classical music. Each one-hour episode traces the creation of different masterworks -- and explores the composer's profound, lasting cultural impact -- while merging music, storytelling, travel and culture.
Season 2 of NOW HEAR THIS premiered on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In the season opener, "Haydn: King of Strings," 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.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Arcos Film + Music