We've got lawn tickets for the Chicago Symphony summer series at Ravinia. The performer I'm especially looking forward to is Yuja Wang, a fabulous Beijing-born pianist with attitude. She's controversial in classical circles because she can get showy and she's known for her sometimes skimpy outfits, but I think she's great. Let the stodgy traditionalists stay home.
In her encores, she goes for arrangements that are way out there, but, again, it's fun. Here's her rendition of Mozart's Rondo alla turca.
So what she did here in her version is incorporate some ragtime (e.g., 22 seconds) that quickly rolls that into a cutesy little jazz thing. And it goes on, e.g. ragtime at 55" that sounds like something straight off a Scott Joplin upright piano roll. So purists don't like that kind of thing, and they don't like some of the outfits, though this is far from the skimpiest. I say if it bothers them, get therapy or don't listen.
I think she's joy to hear and a great ambassador for classical music, and she appeals to me based on my own experience.
My dad studied piano for years and had an extensive classical music collection that I listened to with him beginning when I was 2 or 3 years old.
My own dabbling included private childhood lessons for a few years, going in the classical direction. Then I dropped the lessons and started playing ragtime and popular music on my own. Then I took jazz improv lessons with a Northwestern professor at his private school, not a long time, but I learned a few things. I'm not very good, but that background predisposes me to enjoying what Yuja does with a piece like this.