These days, the most popular pastime for any generation is trying to stay up to date with the newest trend. Whether it’s which Disney movie will get the next live reboot, the latest Game of Thrones season or Royal baby-watch, everyone is trying to keep up.
But maybe we should be focusing less on baby-watch and focus a little more inwardly, on ourselves? After all, everyone wants to be unique and original and, with the revival of hipster culture, classical music can do just that.
Yefim Bronfman, the world-class pianist coming to Wharton Center April 2, is the missing piece in our hipster puzzle.
Bronfman is impressive as a person alone. Born in the Soviet Union, he grew up in Israel and is now an American citizen – a classic American melting pot example. He’s performed with renowned symphonies such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and many more. A Grammy®–winner who can also be heard on the soundtrack of Disney’s Fantasia 2000, Bronfman has toured the globe showcasing his talent for sold-out audiences.
While here in East Lansing, highlights of the night will include Debussy’s iconic Suite Bergamasque, featuring the famous third movement, Claire de lune; Robert Schumann’s joyous Humoreske; and Schubert’s masterful Piano Sonata No. 19. This Grammy®-winning artist’s technique, power and lyricism leave audiences in awe.
Famous in the classical music community, we are left to wonder why Bronfman’s music hasn’t become more mainstream; it’s not that classical music isn’t adored by the masses. So this is where the hipster revolution comes in.
If you search Yefim Bronfman on YouTube, you’ll find plenty of half-hour-long videos of him virtually setting pianos ablaze. The most interesting portion – for me – is the comments. Bronfman has die-hard fans — people who defend his talent against more popular artists in the piano world like rock-star-status pianist Lang Lang. But what’s more unique and hipster than being a die-hard fan girl for a musician that may not be as well known to the public?
You don’t have to like classical music to be entertained by Bronfman; he is expressive and charismatic with only the touch of his fingers to the keys. This, in conjunction with the fact that he’s a little more unknown to people outside the classical music world, are what set Bronfman apart. His ability to bring those die-hard fans together with a community new to classical music makes his talent incalculable.
So, be that person in your friend group who is always discovering the next best thing. Be the hipster you were born to be, and get tickets to see Yefim Bronfman’s April 2 show at Wharton Center. After this performance at Wharton Center, he’ll perform some of the same pieces at his Carnegie Hall recital two days later. No need to go to NYC, your hipster self can be satisfied right here in East Lansing.
Student tickets are available for only $19! Click here for more information.