Great Performances | Now Hear This: Vivaldi: Something Completely Different

Great Performances | Now Hear This: Vivaldi: Something Completely Different

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, host of Now Hear This

Scott Yoo crosses Northern Italy, chasing the story of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

Join Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, in Now Hear This, a new four-part documentary miniseries presented by Great Performances that merges music, storytelling, travel and culture, as he chases the secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written. Great Performances: Now Hear This premieres Fridays, September 20-October 11 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Throughout the series, Scott Yoo meets and collaborates with world-renowned virtuosos, local musical heroes across many genres, artisan instrument makers, music historians and other charismatic characters on his travels through Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Morocco. He visits legendary concert halls, architectural masterworks, jazz jam sessions and never-before-filmed archives to connect the classics to the contemporary – finding time to explore and enjoy the culture along the way.

Each episode of Great Performances: Now Hear This focuses on a great composer, tracing the creation of their masterpieces and the profound, lasting cultural impact of their music, while exploring little known or recently discovered works and new music they inspired.

In the premiere episode Vivaldi: Something Completely Different, Scott Yoo crosses Northern Italy, chasing the story of one of the most recorded pieces of music in the world, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” and discovers how the composer merged religious melodies, opera and a new level of violin playing to launch a new era of music. On the journey, Yoo discovers a new Vivaldi work, his connection to Stradivarius, a trove of original manuscripts and how Vivaldi’s music was almost lost to history.

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