DETROIT—Jerry and Cornelia Miller attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 24.
Mr. Miller has been managing private country clubs for the past 60 years. Mrs. Miller is a retired catering manager and once did some modeling.
“It was just marvelous,” Mrs. Miller said. She waited nearly three years for her husband to take her to see Shen Yun, and they were not disappointed. “It was just wonderful,” Mrs. Miller said.
Mrs. Miller said she is certainly telling her friends about Shen Yun. “It’s very colorful … it was so classic. I thought it was just outstanding,” she said.
Shen Yun’s colors, costumes, and singing really impressed Mrs. Miller. She said the soprano was outstanding. “She was beautiful—the soprano singer. I didn’t know what she was saying but I read it—it was very nice,” Mrs. Miller said.
The lyrics of the songs, sung in Chinese using the Italian bel canto style of singing, appear projected on the screen behind the singers.
Deeply moved by the singer, Mrs. Miller said, “She was very inspiring.” “She just sang from her heart. It was lovely. Beautiful lady—she was very beautiful. It was a nice experience to share with my husband,” Mrs. Miller said.
The colors were outstanding … They move so smoothly.
— Mr. Miller
Shen Yun really struck Mr. Miller and stood apart from all the performances he has ever seen. “Very interesting,” he said. “We’ve gone to different theaters, and different shows, and this was a different experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t realize it was so classical,” Mr. Miller said, adding that the female dancers were very pretty.
“The colors were outstanding … They move so smoothly,” Mr. Miller said.
He also commented on the technically demanding aspects of classical Chinese dance, the aerial flips, leaps and spins.
Shen Yun’s digitally animated backdrops really impressed Mr. Miller. Mr. Miller said he liked one particular program called An Early Spring. “That made it interesting, particularly when the dancers stepped over the back and went up into the screen. That was very unique,” he said, adding that his interest did not waiver during the performance.
Mr. Miller said Shen Yun’s colors were outstanding, wonderful colors, and beautiful.
Mrs. Miller said Shen Yun costumes were “just absolutely beautiful,” and she imagined what work must go in behind the scenes and during the touring. “It must be quite a thing to move that many [costumes],” she said.
About the music, Mrs. Miller said that she thought the Shen Yun Orchestra was very outstanding, and Mr. Miller was entertained by the erhu solo. “Oh the sound and the music she got out of those two strings—it was unbelievable,” he said. “That was beautiful,” Mrs. Miller said.
“It was a great evening and we certainly enjoyed it,” Mr. Miller said. He hopes that he and his will see Shen Yun again.
Mr. Miller said that Shen Yun is exciting and surprising. “It’s not something you expect to see, so it’s a great surprise. Very entertaining,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at the Detroit Opera House through Jan. 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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