I made a reference to violinist Karen Briggs in an email today, and that was enough to send me looking for a video of her electric performance at the Acropolis. (This is why we love the internet.)
Watching and listening again gave me chills, just like the first time. Even if you’re a Yanni hater — and he does seem to be a polarizing musician — this performance is worth watching. Percussion lovers will squee over the duel between the set player and the hand drum player, and string lovers will stop breathing during the duel of the violins.
This was the concert that earned Karen Briggs the nickname “Lady in Red,” for obvious reasons. I’ve never seen a violinist exude such sensual, catlike, gleeful joy in her playing, before or since.