HOUSTON—Patricia Mead said the music in Shen Yun was “absolutely amazing.” The accounting company owner saw the Dec. 29 matinee at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with her sister, a retired educator.
Ms. Mead said she enjoyed the music. “The way it was choreographed with the dancing, and the sounds that it made to accentuate the dancing, pretty amazing!” The Shen Yun Orchestra plays a complete new score each season. Ms. Mead’s sister, Catherine, said, “Oh, it was something else. The symphony was super. I thought the composers were as good as the choreography, the dancers.”
Ms. Mead found the dancing beautiful. “It was artistic and very athletic, and so expressive,” she said.
Bilingual masters of ceremonies introduce and give context to each dance in Shen Yun. According to the company website, “Shen Yun’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor and through the Tang and Song dynasties, and all the way to the modern day. Ms. Mead said the performance was “very interesting, it was certainly very educational.”
As for the color in the performance, she said “it was spectacular!”
‘It’s a beautiful production’
Mary Moore, a nurse, said that the performance was very nice and wonderful, and she would like to take her children to see Shen Yun next year. Her daughter is learning ballet.
“She really missed out not coming to this today. It’s a beautiful production—very spiritual,” said Mrs. Moore.
“It makes you think a lot,” said Mrs. Moore, who is also starting school. She said life can be stressful, but watching the Shen Yun performance, “makes you kind of put things in perspective,” she said.
One of the songs in the performance really touched her. “It really makes you think a lot about your life, and how you handle things in life, and stress,” said Mrs. Moore. “If you get really worked up—you need to take it and, look at life as—what you have that is so great. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
“She put it in such a beautiful way,” said Mrs. Moore, referring to the vocalist.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “the fundamental characteristic of Shen Yun Performing Arts vocal soloists, is their use of bel canto vocal technique while singing Chinese lyrics.” English translations are displayed on a state-of-the-art digital backdrop.
“At first when they first sing you can’t understand them. But when you are able to see the words on screen, you can easily take it all in—and feel it’s magical, and feel really good about what they’re doing and singing,” said Mrs. Moore.
Reporting by Lily Setoh, Catherine Yang and Kelly Ni.
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 in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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