Music & Dance

New! In the Making (American Masters) 85 min.

Follow two performers as they break down barriers in music. Opera singer J’Nai Bridges takes the stage in “A Knee on the Neck,” a choral tribute to George Floyd. Country artist Rissi Palmer redefines success as she works on her latest album, while uplifting other artists of color in the Americana genres.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music 107 min.

Rich with stunning musical performances, the documentary Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music captures Taylor Mac’s marathon, 24-hour immersive theatrical experience. The one-time-only concert offered an alternative take on U.S. history, narrated through popular music performed by Mac (accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra) in elaborate, decade-specific costumes.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Albéniz: Portraits of Spain 55 min.

Like Scarlatti before him, Isaac Albeniz was a keyboard composer captivated by Spain. Scott Yoo travels with guitarist Manuel Barrueco and pianist Juan Perez Floristan through the great Spanish cities of Andalusia, to see how Albeniz captured their culture, history and sounds in a brilliant series of musical portraits, his most celebrated works.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Andy Akiho Found (his) Sound 54 min.

Scott Yoo follows composer, steel pan virtuoso and video artist Andy Akiho through New York, to figure out how this musical visionary has combined Caribbean, Asian and jazz influences to become one of the most in-demand composers today.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Great Performances: Now Hear This (Season 4) 240 min.

Join Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, in Now Hear This, a new four-part documentary miniseries presented by Great Performances that merges music, storytelling, and travel, as he chases the secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Piazzolla’s History with Tango 54 min.

Scott Yoo and his wife Alice Dade, a leading flutist, travel to Buenos Aires to discover the music of Astor Piazzolla, who fell in love with tango. Then fell out of love. Then tango fell out of love with him. Scott and Alice play with Argentina’s greatest musicians and dancers, to find out if Piazzolla and tango could ever reconcile.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Schumann: Genius and Madness 54 min.

Many composers have struggled with mental health problems, few more famously than Robert Schumann. Scott goes to Scotland, Germany and France, with cellist Bion Tsang, psychiatrist and pianist Dr. Richard Kogan and other fascinating musicians and scholars, to understand the connection between mental health and creativity in the work of Schumann and other great artists.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

New! Día de Los Muertos 57 min.

Latino rock greats Los Lobos, the salsa-rap-reggae-funk Ozomatli and the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache lead this musical celebration of this fiesta celebrated by people of Mexican heritage everywhere. Taped before a live audience in the “underworld” of The Caverns subterranean amphitheater, Dia de los Muertos! is a high-energy offering to celebrate a wonderful, ancient tradition.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022

New! The Female Voice of Afghanistan 51 min.

In July 2021, after the last German soldier had left the country, the film team led by ethnomusicologist Yalda Yazdani and German-Afghan journalist Sharmila Hashimi traveled to Kabul to meet female singers. No one could have guessed at the time that this would be the last opportunity to document the lifes of these female artists before the Taliban took power. The speed of the dramatic changes surp...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music 55 min.

Each year, Scott Yoo and his musician friends spend a month teaching students--just as Aaron Copland did over his career--carrying on the long musical tradition of masters teaching students, who become masters themselves. Together they’ll play the works of Copland, to discover how he drew from his Jewish roots, Modernism, and most importantly American folk music to invent the American sound.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2022