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There’s always this background theme of people not getting what they wanted, this longing, that interests me.”Then, upon our arrival: “Universal Studios, yah!
”Wang chose Universal as the location for an interview about her upcoming concerts, her career and her future largely because she’s such a big movie fan, she says.
“I watch so many on the flights.”Entering the theme park, Wang teeters on high-heel platform sandals as she heads through the turnstile and later navigates the uneven cobblestone paths.
Now 30, Wang says she has outgrown some lifestyle choices for which she’s known.
The Times is along for the ride as Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang -- in L. for a series of concerts with the Philharmonic -- hits Universal Studios for a day of fun. At this moment the global classical music star is simply a smitten innocent, let loose in a theme park.“Oh, I looove this Donkey! But the Walt Disney Concert Hall run will be the first time she’ll tackle the vastly different cycle of three concertos in one engagement. “It’s all about growing, about stepping into this unknown territory together.
Last season, she tackled Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata, considered one of the most difficult solo piano pieces ever written.
“For me, playing music is about transporting to another way of life, another way of being.
An actress does that.”Until about three years ago, the emphasis of Wang’s concerto repertoire was on the Russian composers — Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky.
“I just love the feeling of being in love, the first month, everything’s brighter. Soon Wang is soaring through the air over Hogwarts Castle, hooting with delight as her fuchsia-painted toenails wriggle in the air. June 4Tickets: -6 (subject to change)Info: (323) 850-2000, me on Twitter: @debvankin ALSOJeffrey Kahane leaves L.
On the way out of the park, Wang lines up to have her picture taken with Donkey, who’s nearing the end of his shift.
The Beijing-born musician has been playing piano since she was a 6-year-old prodigy.