American Classical Music Journey with Scott Yoo | THIRTEEN

Great Performances: Listen Now airing Fridays at 9 p.m., April 8 through April 29 on THIRTEEN.

Virtuoso violinist Scott Yoo, conductor and artistic director of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, returns for the third season of Great Performances: Listen Now. In this “American edition” of the series, join the maestro as he celebrates the diversity of American musicians, cultures, and communities while learning how regional and ethnic American music has inspired our native classical music. While previous seasons of Now listen to this took Yoo to places in Europe, his new music history tour covers Boston, Massachusetts; Peterborough, New Hampshire; New York, New York; and San Luis Obispo, California.

Alice Dade.

Yoo and his wife, flautist Alice Dade, travel together to New Hampshire to investigate the work and life of one of America’s greatest romantic composers in Amy Beach: American Romantic (Friday April 8, 9 p.m.). Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was the first American to publish a symphony, “Gaelic” Symphony, which the Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered in 1896.

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Observation of Florence Price’s scores.

Florence Price and American Migration (Friday, April 15, 9 p.m.) follows in the footsteps of one of America’s first recognized black female composers and piano virtuosos. Florence Price (April 9, 1887 – June 3, 1953) was born in Arkansas and acclaimed in the 1930s as the first black American woman to have her symphony performed by a major American orchestra. In 2009, a hoard of his music was discovered at his former summer home in Illinois. A report on Price in udiscovermusic shares audio clips from the Philadelphia Orchestra’s critically acclaimed album, “Florence Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3,” conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Deutsche Grammophon, and nominated for Best Orchestral Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Scott Yoo, in blue.

In Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music (Friday, April 22, 9 p.m.), discover how Copland’s works have become an American signature sound. Copland was born in Brooklyn in 1900 and died in 1990 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Find out more about the composer whose “Appalachian Spring” became a famous collaboration with choreographer Martha Graham on the official Aaron Copland website.

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Sergio Assad with his daughter Clarice Assad and musicians with Scott Yoo.

The last installment of Now listen to this, New American Voices (Friday, April 29, 9 p.m.), highlights two American composers – Sergio Assad, of Brazilian origin, and Reena Esmail, Native American – who draw their inspiration from their immigrant roots. Learn more about this episode and more about the Great performance to place.

How to watch

Great Performances: Listen Now premieres Friday, April 8 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Stream live at in the New York metro area, or stream on demand at, and with the THIRTEEN and PBS apps.

Another musical treat right after the Friday, April 8 premiere is the 10 p.m. premiere of Returns to chamber music, which documents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as it begins touring concert halls in the fall of 2021 – its first live performances since the pandemic began. The second part will be broadcast on Friday, April 15 at 10 p.m.


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