Here is a photo of Ms. Yuja Wang as she walks to her piano wearing a mini. And here she is in another video altogether playing in another of her sexy get-ups. I think there is nothing wrong with it and matter of factly prefer her to dress like this. But what about you?
Not only do I think they mix, seeing such an excessively attractive young woman dressed in a way that accentuates her beauty and then exhibiting the fact that she is not just an attractive “skirt” by sitting down and doing things at a keyboard that most can only dream of is absolutely awesome!!!
Not sure what the hubub is about. Are people threatened by, her attractiveness or her technical prowess? I thought in this day in age young women were supposed to feel confident and empowered with regards to their sexuality.
Sure, I like to dress up to the go to the symphony and I like that no one is going to be screaming or shooting heroin during the performance, but classical music is not always meant to be so formal and rigid. Music like The Rite of Spring and Bolero is pure sexual/raw music and I don’t care if sometimes the dress matches that :)
Anyway, since blind auditions for professional (?) orchestras have been implemented (where the performer auditions behind a curtain, keeping their appearance and gender a mystery forcing the jury to choose musicians based on talent alone), more women have been admitted. So maybe appearance does have an effect on how the music is received.
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I generally think a woman on stage should gauge her hemline by how it looks from the first row. Her appearance is, in a sense, part of the show, but she shouldn’t be giving an unconscious or unintentional show.
But there doesn’t have to be anything stuffy about classical music. If a piano virtuoso wants to dress like a rock star, I say let her. Why not? She is a star, and she looks great in the dress.
I think those who disapprove probably looked more like this. If a woman had the talent of Yuja Wang, and she has some freakishly, wicked talent. Makes the beauty of her music even better, when you are not looking at her fingers fly over the keys like a lizard over hot stones, you would have to just listen with your eyes closed because looking would be more of a distraction. I say a refreshing change, but should only be for those who could pull it off without hurting the eyes of the audience.