Executive: Shen Yun ‘Terrific’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 3, 2013 Last Updated: February 6, 2013
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Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, in Pittsburgh. (The Epoch Times)

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, in Pittsburgh. (The Epoch Times)

PITTSBURGH—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, pleasing the audience with an artistic revival of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.

Mr. Gary Bucciarelli, vice president of strategic marketing at Bayer HealthCare, organized a group of six to attend the performance.

Mr. Bucciarelli was formerly with MEDRAD where he helped develop more than 15 products and extensions. He said the performance was very enjoyable. “The artistry was terrific,” he said, including the costumes and music.

New York-based Shen Yun criss-crosses the globe purveying the ancient Chinese culture after the ruling communist regime nearly decimated the culture. 

With a core of classical Chinese dance—an art form almost as ancient as the culture itself—the performance presents a range of stories, legends, and locales, where ethnic and folk dances take place. Digital backdrops transport the audience to other realms, while an orchestra the melds traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments accompanies the dancers.

John Friel, former president and CEO of MEDRAD, was one of the group of six. Under Mr. Friel’s management, the company, which provides technology to the health sector, increased sales five times, according to the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Mr. Friel also enjoyed the performance.

“The dancing was terrific,” he said. “I liked the way things flow, the motion and movement.”

Shen Yun’s performance is a series of dance pieces, less than ten minutes each, interspersed by award-winning vocal soloists singing in the bel canto style.

Mr. Friel said several dances especially stood out to him: the Sand Monk is Blessed, a story about part of the journey of the Monkey King, a character in a classic Chinese novel, and The Emperor Journeys to the Moon, a dance depicting Emperor Tang Xuangong (A.D. 685-762), according to Shen Yun’s program book.

“I enjoyed that very much, so it was very good,” he said. “The performers were fantastic.”

Reporting by Lijie Sun and Zachary Stieber.

Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform next in Indianapolis at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, February 5 -- 6. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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