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Re: Thread alerting us about upcoming important concerts?
johnstaf #2951175 02/24/20 09:49 PM
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Whatever happened in Vancouver Airport, it must have been dreadful.

She wore sunglasses because she had been crying all day, so she must have been badly shaken up. I'm so sorry she had such a horrible experience.


Unfathomable that this had to happen to such a wonderful artist, who nothing more wants to share her gifts of music to her audience. Hope she does not have to endure such an experience again. And she has no political bias, at least not publicly, unlike other artists such as Igor Levit or Krystian Zimerman, who famously will no longer perform in the U.S. Why she was questioned at length is anyone's guess. Did they think she was carrying the coronavirus just because she's Asian?

Her recital in Orange County was wonderful, marred only by an audience who applauded when she was attempting to set a musical mood with her selection of Chopin and Brahms pieces. Yes, there was coughing, but not as much as Disney Hall.


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I am sure the Canadian border authority did not take this step randomly, lightly, or in ill will. She is a world traveler after all, and they need to know precisely where she has been to recently and where she'd come from, as is called for in the procedure.

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The latest public health advice in the UK is that anyone returning from Italy should go into self-imposed quarantine for two weeks, because of the sudden increase in cases there.

Pretty soon, every country (except possibly Antarctica) will be affected.........


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Instead of just walking onstage in sunglasses I think she should have explained why she did so to the audience.

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I'm praying and sacrificing small animals to the gods (well, maybe not the latter) that she won't cancel, because I have a ticket for next Monday to hopefully, finally see and hear live my lifelong idol Martha Argerich:

https://www.konzerthaus.at/konzert/eventid/57077

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She didn't (cancel, I mean)! I sat there hyperventilating and pinching myself, but it was really, truly Martha, which became even more obvious once she started playing. Holy cannoli. She's still just as incredible as she's always been. I'm so glad I had the chance to hear her live!

Just like with Kissin's Beethoven recital last month, I'm tempted to ask: "How does one possibly follow this one up?" But then I remember I'll see Kissin with Renee Fleming next week, and all is well wink

What's everyone else been up to? Any amazing performances, recitals, concerts?


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Yuju has cancelled her remaining tour dates in Europe.

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I am sad to share with you that I need to cancel my remaining solo tour dates in Europe. Unfortunately, due to the current climate of uncertainty, and related logistical challenges, it is not possible for me to continue the tour – indeed six of my concerts have already been cancelled by venues who are having to respond to various governmental guidelines. This new recital program is very close to my heart, and I will work on finding opportunities to share it with my fans in Europe sometime in the future. I’m sending love and healing energy to everyone affected by the Coronavirus and other illnesses in Europe and across the globe, including in my home country of China. Take care of yourselves, and each other.


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Instead of just walking onstage in sunglasses I think she should have explained why she did so to the audience.


I think that would have been a very bad idea. She was there to play music.

She should be free to wear sunglasses without having to explain herself.

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Yuju has cancelled her remaining tour dates in Europe.

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I am sad to share with you that I need to cancel my remaining solo tour dates in Europe. Unfortunately, due to the current climate of uncertainty, and related logistical challenges, it is not possible for me to continue the tour – indeed six of my concerts have already been cancelled by venues who are having to respond to various governmental guidelines. This new recital program is very close to my heart, and I will work on finding opportunities to share it with my fans in Europe sometime in the future. I’m sending love and healing energy to everyone affected by the Coronavirus and other illnesses in Europe and across the globe, including in my home country of China. Take care of yourselves, and each other.


Not surprised. Lang Lang cancelled his Freiburg concert as well.
After La Scala cancelled and shut its doors it was inevitable.


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Instead of just walking onstage in sunglasses I think she should have explained why she did so to the audience.


I think that would have been a very bad idea. She was there to play music.

She should be free to wear sunglasses without having to explain herself.
Of course, she's free to offer no explanation but wearing sunglasses is so unusual and bizarre looking she might have saved herself a lot of trouble with a simple explanation. Maybe she thought her rationale was too personal to reveal but, if not, why not explain things or at least offer some reason to the audience? I'm sure many in the audience were thinking "What's going on?" and more distracted by the glasses than they would have been if she had made an explanation.

I went to a high school band concert where the band director wore sunglasses and explained that he had just seen an ophthalmologist who diagnosed a possible eye problem and told him to wear sunglasses.

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Lucas Debargue canceled his tour of Italy.

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The Noontime Concerts in San Francisco are streaming concerts from their archives: Noontime Concerts.


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Yesterday the 92d Street Y live-streamed Jonathan Biss playing the last 3 Beethoven piano sonatas from his living room. Replay is available here:
Biss, Beethoven Op. 109, 110, 111
Biss is such a thoughtful player. Opus 109 made me think of this, from Jan Swafford’s biography of LvB (here, writing about the 3d symphony):
That journey, from suffering to joy, is a story Beethoven enacted over and over in his music, and in the whole of his life.... Again and again in his music he returned to an ending in joy.”

There is a wonderful video of Biss playing the Opus 109 Variations in a master class with Daniel Barenboim, posted on YouTube a dozen years ago.

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