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Great Performances, April 19, 2024, PBS, “Now Hear This: Virtuosos”



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Great Performances presents an insightful exploration of virtuosity in the arts with the episode “Now Hear This: Virtuosos.” The episode, airing on PBS on Friday April 19, looks into the work of legendary masters and contemporary stars, examining the secrets behind their exceptional talents.

In this installment, Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, revisits the legacy of violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, joined by today’s violin star, Augustin Hadelich. Yoo even meets with Paganini’s great-great-great-grandson, providing a unique perspective on the iconic musician’s heritage.

The episode also features five-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’, who sheds light on the early 20th-century blues musician Robert Johnson. Yoo explores the backgrounds and influences of these legendary artists, uncovering the paths they took to achieve their iconic statuses.

Beyond music, Yoo observes Cirque du Soleil acrobat Sarah Turner as she tackles a new stunt, revealing the mental prowess required in addition to physical skill. The episode also takes viewers to Parma, Italy, for an insight into the artisan process of creating Parmigiano Reggiano.


“Now Hear This: Virtuosos” offers a fascinating exploration of virtuosity across different art forms, showcasing the dedication, skill, and mental fortitude required to reach the pinnacle of one’s craft.

Great Performances: Now Hear This airs on PBS at 9:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2024.

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