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.