DETROIT—John Burdziak, a trustee for Canton Township and engineer for AT&T, and his wife, Yvonne Burdziak, a newly retired copywriter in the promotions department for Channel 2 News, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Burdziak have been looking at Shen Yun’s advertisements for at least the past two years, wanting to see it.
Finally, a birthday gift from Mr. Burdziak’s sister got them to the performance they’ve been waiting to see. Mrs. Burdziak said that her sister-in-law knew how long they have been waiting to see Shen Yun.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of true Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
Mrs. Burdziak said that the Shen Yun Orchestra blew her away. “The percussionist and the wide assortment was unbelievable,” she said, in commenting on the number of different kinds of instruments.
The orchestra uniquely combines the East and West, as traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu lead the melodies, and a full-scale Western orchestra provides the grandeur, the website states.
“It was a truly enjoyable show,” Mrs. Burdziak said, adding that the Shen Yun costumes and the unison of the dancers were wonderful.
“I will go home and think about it regularly,” she said.
Mrs. Burdziak loves music, as she loves to sing, took violin lessons for 12 years, and was in her high school orchestra. She truly enjoyed Shen Yun’s music. “The music is what truly pulled it all together for me,” she said, adding that her musical background contributes to her attraction to Shen Yun.
“It was very good and very entertaining,” Mr. Burdziak said. This was the first time he realized China’s genuine culture.
Throughout history, Chinese culture has breathed the values of propriety, honesty and kindness, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution into everyday life. Though, through recent communist rule in China and movements like the Great Cultural Revolution, the ancient culture was nearly lost.
“I admire the Chinese culture,” he said, adding that he didn’t realize the culture of China at all before.
Mrs. Burdziak was touched by the spirituality in the performance, and that the “divinely inspired” culture held a universal belief. “I had no idea that they … truly believe like we do—or we truly believe what they do.”
“They are lovely,” she said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Kelly Ni.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at the Detroit Opera House through to Jan. 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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