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Monday, August 22, 2011  


Yuja Wang, a 24-year old Chinese pianist created a bit of a dust-up at the Hollywood Bowl when she walked on stage wearing a very short, tight, orange mini dress with cut-out design and gold strappy stiletto sandals, to perform her solo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Wow! There is no question that she is a gorgeous young woman and that she looked absolutely stunning in the outfit. In addition, her performance was nothing short of brilliant, not in the least bit inhibited by her fashion statement.

So, what's the problem?? The problem is that tradition suggests a long gown, covering her shapely legs, is a more appropriate wardrobe choice for a classical performance. Why? The LA Philharmonic maintains a strict dress code for members of the orchestra, but that does not apply to soloists.

In a world that accommodates Lady Gaga's performance-artist presentation, why shouldn't that include every performer and all music? Nobody seemed too confused about this when Elton John chose to blend the audio and the visual. Miss Wang, at a mere 24 years of age, is no less an artist than the composers she interprets so emotionally. Who are we to tell the artists among us how to be what they are. Especially when the package is so unique and spectacular.

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