Youth Orchestra Los Angeles celebrated its 10 th anniversary by giving music education a shot in the arm wherever the group went. That wherever was big time. Mirga and Santtu.
T here are two Yuja Wangs. Or so you might think. One is the young Chinese pianist whose virtuosity and musical intelligence place her in the top echelon of performers.
When I interviewed for my first job out of college, I wore these big, silver, clip-on earrings that my glam Iranian grandmother gave me. I thought sporting them would help me stand out, which I would need because I obviously considered the marketing internship at McCarter Theatre—like I do most things—as a Chorus Line howmanypeopledoesheneedhowmanyboyshowmanygirlshowmanypeopledoeshe—I really need, this job, please God I need, this job—situation. Hopefully both.
Just a few words, but they tell the whole story of a cultural catastrophe. For playing classical music is an art distinctly different from pole dancing, nude or semi-nude modelling, striptease and porn films. One can see how having a tasty body would be a job requirement for a woman trying to excel in those genres.
Hoots of laughter. But if the music is beautiful and sensual, why not dress to fit? Full interview here.
Reviews locally say she played brilliantly. Probably left the clothes off so she could do the leaps freely. People fear her openness because they are jealous and so purged by so called tradition it impales rational thought and congruity.
To the shock and amazement of the classical music world, the young virtuoso routinely strides onstage in revealing technicolor gownsmerciless stilettos — all manner of looks generally reserved for the red carpet. Story continues below. The first time I heard Wang performlast summer, there was pop-star-level electricity in the house, but some audience members radiated discomfort.
She may be tiny in stature and on stage her slinky dresses are clearly meant to thrill. Once at the keyboard, however, the year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang cuts a seriously commanding figure who tackles the most challenging repertoire with fearless self-confidence and profound artistry. Stephen Wigler meets a sensational young player who seems to defy expectations at every turn.