SAN DIEGO—Mr. Sanderman, a retired U.S. Navy Officer and world traveler, his father, and friend Ms. Garduno, a former San Diego regional planner, were in the excited audience at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Dec. 30, to watch Shen Yun Performing Arts.
"I think it’s wonderful … staging, presentation, the dancing, the colors. It’s a very nice show. I’m learning as we go along." Mr. Sanderman said.
"I think the entire show was unique for me. I’m enjoying greatly every one of the scenes.
“The soprano has a beautiful voice, absolutely gorgeous, and the baritone has a fabulous … such a deep resonance of his voice," he continued.
The Shen Yun Orchestra, which features performers and composers from around the world, consists of classical Western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments.
"I’ve been watching the pianist and listening to how well she played for the singers, and also the orchestra. There’s a calming music, it's really well done, and I really appreciate the timing," he said.
Integral to the show are ancient legends, folklore, and modern day stories from China's rich history. This is something that Mr. Sanderman really enjoyed.
"The emcees introduced the story for each of the scenes, and it looks like the scenes followed very well the story. I appreciate the folklore of the dance.
"When it’s introduced as they are doing tonight, you can watch the dancing and the scenery … I understand everything."
Mr. Sanderman admired the state-of-the-art 3-D backdrop that enhanced every scene. "The backdrop and the costumes—it was amazing.
"I would certainly recommend this to my friends. My wife works for a San Diego convention and visitor’s bureau, so she sees thousands of people all the time. People have been asking her about the show. … So she got some of our friends together to come tonight."
Ms. Garduno said: "It was very nice … I’ve noticed that there’s so many distinct regions and that they each are somehow different from each other. Oh, I like it. Very nice!"
Mr. Sanderman’s father said: "I think this particular entertainment brings a lot of peace to the world. So it should travel very often, be seen by many people … I think [the show] needs to be understood and explained as you are doing here tonight. I think it’s very well done."
With reporting by Lu Rusong
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Dec. 31.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org