Great Performances

PBS | 9:00 pm

The new episode "Beethoven in Beijing" examines how mainstream classical music enjoyed a resurgence in 1973 China, when the Philadelphia Orchestra became the first such musical group to perform in that country. Marking an end to China's Cultural Revolution, during which Western music was banned in favor of politically themed works, the Philadelphia musicians' tour ignited a major onset of "Beethoven fever." Classical pianist Lang Lang and Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are among the musicians who share how Beethoven's music shaped their own careers.