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Great Performances: Now Hear This “Becoming Mozart”

Premieres Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/nowhearthis and the PBS Video app

Host Scott Yoo invites piano phenomenon Stewart Goodyear to his Festival Mozaic to play Mozart’s titanic 20th piano concerto as Mozart himself would have done it: directing the orchestra from the piano while improvising the solos. To do that, Yoo must teach Goodyear to conduct. And Goodyear, one of the only classical concert pianists with this improvisational skill, will have to find his inspiration to become Mozart.

Places visited: San Luis Obispo and rural California

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I'm Scott Yoo. When you're playing great music it makes you try to be more than you are.

Stewart Goodyear will play, and conduct, and improvise the solos, from one of Mozart's greatest piano concertos. Just like Mozart would have done.

Becoming inspired with 'Becoming Mozart.'

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