Oh, she was such a simply aluring figure in a sequined burgundy gown, spaghetti straps over slender shoulders, a plunging neckline, a beautiful figure and a striking face. But, oh those slender fingers. They ran up and down the neck of her violin so deftly that all of Prokofiev’s violin concerto and the Tsigeuner Lied by Bartok held the audience in rapt attention. I speak of a gorgeous, simply gorgeous young Russian woman, Liana Gourija who stole hearts and a pair of standing ovations at last night’s Philharmonic concert.
She was simply as capable as she was stunningly beautiful, and she lives these days in Indiana. There is a chance for us all, yet.
There were moments when it was pure love-making from bow and string to audience. Those slender fingers, that elegant bow work. There were other moments when this sublime young violinist teased her audience with acrobatic, energetic melodies and dissonances. Good love making is variety; fast, slow, tender, assertive, demanding, yielding. Gourdjia gave all of her body in this performance and the audience wanted more and more and more.
I love the Philharmonic for just this, those moment of passion. As I walked toward my Mercedes a beautiful young woman, violin case slung over her shoulder, walked past me. I thank her for the performance and she turned to me, her dark eyes sparkled and she smiled, “Liana is wonderful, just wonderful.”
Seeing her in Fort Wayne was well worth the effort…and she lives in Indiana.
(Disclaimer: In keeping with the political focus of AWB, no one spoke of President Obama, Health Care, Tom Henry, Garbage collection, I&M or Liz Brown’s acerbic tongue. Everyone was focused on Gourdjia’s slender but lithe figure in that burgundy gown propelling those long, slender fingers.)