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Yuja Wang turns heads at the Hollywood Bowl with a purple gown

August 09, 2012|By Kelly Scott
  • Pianist Yuja Wang walks onstage at her concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Pianist Yuja Wang walks onstage at her concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic… (Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles…)

A year ago Chinese pianist Yuja Wang was the talk of the classical music world after she wore a little orange dress for a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Some thought the mini-dress inappropriate for a symphonic concert, while others cheered the young musician for her personal style.

Thursday night she returned to the Bowl for a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and delighted the audience with a smart purple gown and a memorable playing of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.

Wang's dress featured a high slit, not unlike Angelina Jolie's dress at this year's Oscar -- classy but with an edge that was appropriate for a 25-year-old.

After the performance the audience cheered her back for multiple curtain calls. The dress and the playing were a hit.

After intermission the L.A. Phil returned to play more Tchaikovsky.

Check back Friday on Culture Monster for music critic Mark Swed's review of the concert.

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