Go inside the mind of Beethoven in GREAT PERFORMANCES: NOW HEAR THIS “Beethoven’s Ghost” October 29 at 9 pm

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Series 2 Finale of Great Performances: Now Hear This, “Beethoven’s Ghost”

Premieres October 29 on PBS for Halloween



Three musicians being watched by actors dressed as Beethoven and Freud
Scott Yoo and musicians watched by Beethoven and Freud in Great Performances: Now Hear This “Beethoven’s Ghost.”

The Series 2 finale of Great Performances: Now Hear This takes a dramatic approach to interpreting the complex musical mind of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, who wrote nearly 800 works in 45 years. Host and violinist Scott Yoo and his team of fellow musicians, including Anna Polonsky (piano), Bion Tsang (cello), Toby Appel (viola) and Emily Daggett Smith (second violin), visit a historic manor in the Berkshires to better understand Beethoven by performing and recording some of his most personal work, including his famous “Ghost Trio.”

Unbeknownst to them, they’ve summoned the ghost of the composer, trailed by the spirit of Sigmund Freud who attempts to analyze him. Interweaving documentary, performance and theatrical storytelling, this haunting special episode explores the mind of the composer through dramatized conversations between the spirits of Beethoven and Freud. Great Performances: Now Hear This “Beethoven’s Ghost” premieres Friday, October 29 at 9 p.m. on PBS, and the PBS Video app for Halloween.

The episode is part of #PBSForTheArts, a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the arts in America. For more than 50 years, PBS has been the media destination for the arts, presenting dance, theater, opera, visual arts and concerts to Americans in every corner of the country.