On Sarah Chang – Cynthia Closkey

Some further thoughts on Friday’s concert:

Sarah Chang’s solo performance was notable in many ways.

She cuts a striking figure, not only in her choice of a showstopper dress of silver sequins, bodacious curves, and long, swinging hair. (I wish I had video to share of her in this dress. I also wish I had the dress, and the body to make it work as she does.)

When standing and waiting, she holds her violin with just her chin and shoulder, gripping it firmly so that it seems part of her body, her left hand on her hip in a way that seems defiant and supremely confident. When playing, she sways and bends, absorbed in her work.

When she is performing, it is impossible to look at anyone but her.

And her musical ability and style ensure you’d never want to.

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