Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Yuja Wang is everyone’s social media darling + “All is Yar” has a Facebook page (finally)

Different people have different habits, especially when it comes to how you like to consume information.  Some of you like to watch Olympic coverage in real time online or read about the results on ESPN or Twitter immediately after gold medals are handed out, while others prefer to sit through NBC’s tape-delayed faux-suspense-laden Olympic coverage on prime time.  I don’t judge — it’s all good.

Similarly, people seem to get their  All is Yar fix in  different ways too:  some of you type the URL into your browsers, others subscribe via email or use Flipboard or other RSS readers, still others get here via links from other blogs or even Twitter.  It’s all good, and I thank you for it.

The one medium that I hadn’t gotten around to building a presence for All is Yar was on Facebook, because as Morrissey once warbled, these things take time.  That Facebook absence was a hurdle for some of you.  Hurdle removed.

Allow me to introduce to you . . . (insert your favorite trumpet fanfare here) . . . the All is Yar Facebook page, conveniently located at www.facebook.com/allisyar.

Even more convenient is the new button on the top right-hand side of this page that will allow you to “Like” the new Facebook page without even having to break a sweat.  That way, you’ll not only be able to get faster notice when I create a new post, it’ll be easy to pass my remarkable insights (or whatever you might call them) along to your friends.

I know, I know — it’s all very 2010 of me and such, but despite what Wall Street’s skepticism about Facebook’s future growth might be doing to Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth, there are still one billion people on Facebook.  This’ll make it even easier for everyone (including readers  in the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates, among other places with and without “the” in front of their names) to read and share.

So “Like” away, and then tell your friends to do the same.


Yuja Wang, star pianist and stilletto-heel fan extraordinaire,  has never had a problem attracting attention.  Tim Mangan, music critic and blogger extraordinaire, once pointed out that the mere mention of her name was enough to dramatically increase hit count on his blog, Classical Life.

So I was more than a bit amused when I opened my Facebook newsfeed to find these two posts listed back to back:

I guess we can’t blame either the Los Angeles Philharmonic or the Cleveland Orchestra for spotlighting Ms. Wang’s upcoming appearances. There aren’t too many bona fide stars in the classical music world, and you take advantage of them whenever you can.

I’ll be at the Hollywood Bowl tonight catching Ms. Wang’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.  Look forward to reading my coverage of it here — and on Facebook.

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