"Now Hear This" Copland Episode Filmed at CC to Air on PBS

Photo by Josh Birndorf '20
Photo by Josh Birndorf '20

An episode of the acclaimed PBS series "Now Hear This" focused on American composer Aaron Copland that was filmed during last year's Colorado College Summer Music Festival will air on PBS on Friday, April 22. Conductor and festival artist Scott Yoo is also the host of "Now Hear This," a show that merges music, storytelling, travel, and culture as Yoo chases the secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written. Yoo is a renowned violinist, conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, and music director at Festival Mozaic in California.

Pulitzer-, Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Aaron Copland created a distinctively 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 the Colorado College Summer Music Festival 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.

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