Great Performances | Now Hear This "Copland: Dean of American Music"

Great Performances | Now Hear This "Copland: Dean of American Music"

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Scott Yoo explores the life and work of Aaron Copland, and how he created the American sound.

Drawing from his Jewish roots, modernism and American folk music, Pulitzer-, Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Aaron Copland created a distinctive American sound in both his classical compositions and film scores. Like Copland did for much of his career, host Scott Yoo and fellow musicians spend time working with students at a music festival in Colorado to strengthen their auditioning skills and better understand Copland’s music. To discover Copland’s inspiration, Yoo travels to New York to explore the Jewish music Copland was raised with as well as modernist music through performances by Cantor Daniel Mutlu, violinist Steven Copes, cellist Mark Kosower, festival music director and pianist Susan Grace and more. Later, Yoo becomes the student and learns from pianist and Copland enthusiast John Novacek about how the composer developed his signature sound, now so familiar to us all. Great Performances | Now Hear This Copland: Dean of American Music airs Friday, April 22 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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