ATLANTA—Retired business owner David Crawford’s wife treated him to tickets for the Shen Yun International Company’s performance at the Cobb Energy Centre on Jan. 6 for their wedding anniversary. “I love it, I’ve never seen anything like it before, so it’s striking, it’s beautiful, said Mr. Crawford with a warm smile.
The couple are “celebrating a number of things,” he said. They had dinner at acclaimed restaurant Canoe on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, and she surprised him with the tickets.
Mr. Crawford was with the United States Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, he said, and developed various businesses. The arts are important to both of them. “I’ve got tickets for most of the performing arts for years and years,” he said.
He has ties to Tallahassee, Florida, “where we have FSU (Florida State University) with a wonderful theater school, music school, we take advantage of them; one of our sons graduated a music major and I have my grandson, who’s also studying guitar, so we’re pretty close to the arts in a number of ways.”
He said not only the dance and the visual experience but the orchestra was “an equally nice treat, in more ways than one.” According to the company’s website, it combines Eastern and Western instruments and “the ability to seamlessly blend these two systems to create one fresh, harmonious sound is what makes the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra unique.”
The performance delighted Mr. Crawford in several ways, “visually, the ears, it’s wonderful,” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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