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Couple Enjoys Shen Yun’s East-Meets-West Orchestra


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 13, 2013 Last Updated: January 13, 2013
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The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is one of Canada’s largest theatres, with 2,781 seats. It hosts some of the biggest shows and stars in the entertainment industry. (Vancouver Civic Theatres)

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is one of Canada’s largest theatres, with 2,781 seats. It hosts some of the biggest shows and stars in the entertainment industry. (Vancouver Civic Theatres)

VANCOUVER, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts was warmly received by Vancouver showgoers Saturday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with the audience spontaneously applauding during several pieces.

Piano teacher Enda Suparman and her husband Tom, a surgical recovery specialist for BC Transplant, were among the happy audience.

“It’s really gorgeous, really good. We really like it—the music, the colour—everything’s very vivid and it’s beautiful,” said Mrs. Suparman.

“I love it,” said her husband. “The costumes are great, the colour. The music’s amazing. It’s a really good show.”

Shen Yun tours the world each year with an all-new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores, bringing China’s 5,000-year-old culture to audiences around the world.

The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique in that it blends Chinese and Western instruments. A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies.

“I really like the music,” said Mrs. Suparman. “I can hear the Chinese instrument in it and then also the Western and then the orchestra, and with them all mixed together it’s a really beautiful sound.”

She added that the Chinese and Western instruments “complement each other to make beautiful, awesome music.”

Mr. Suparman said he particularly enjoyed When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor, a humorous piece about how young monks rescue Tang Taizong, the founder of the Tang Dynasty, who is being attacked by ruffians.

“It was really good.”

Reporting by Fany Qiu and Joan Delaney.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will play five shows in Vancouver Jan. 10-13, while the New York Company will complete its tour of eastern Canada with five shows in Toronto Jan. 17–20. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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