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

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.

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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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