Anne-Sophie Mutter is classical music's attempt to attract the 18-34 male demographic. She's the symphony hall's answer to Monday Night Football. She can play the violin like no one else, but she also happens to be seriously attractive.
What's more, she'll play at Davies Sympony Hall on Monday 4/7 (a recital of Brahms sonatas with pianist Lambert Orkis). (We'll make the same recommendation re the ballet: guys, take your girlfriends there. For reals, they'll think you're sensitive, cultivated, and sophisticated; in the meantime, you'll have some eye candy to look at, so you'll have a good time. Who knows? You might even end up enjoying the music. )
Part of why she looks so stunning is that she's wearing Dior on stage. Say what you want about the French, they understand what women want, and they deliver. Says Anne-Sophie: "I went to Dior when I was 16 or 17, and they always understood what it means to be a violinist." Strapless, shoulder-free ankle-length gown, that what it means. She adds: "It's a work outfit. It's like a plumber, who has a working outfit." The teenager in us connects plumber fashion to butt crack to Anne-Sophie. He's a dumb teenager for sure, but he's happy.
In all seriousness, we started our chat talking about Brahms sonatas. We had been told that Brahms had a high bar for his work, and had destroyed more than 20 of his string quartets. How about the violin sonatas? "Yes, Brahms was famous for destroying a lot of his pieces. The G major sonata, the first one, is actually his 3rd or 4th attempt to write a sonata. There's a theory that the G major sonata was written after the death of his stepson, Felix Schumann..." She mention the sonata is based on the Regenlied, another song Brahms wrote, which melancholy tone inspired this sonata, and whose theme is folded into the first and last movement.