RALEIGH, N.C.—“It’s a journey through history,” said Mr. Rufus Edmisten, former Attorney General and Secretary of the State of North Carolina of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 20.
“The music is fantastic,” Mr. Edmisten said of Shen Yun Orchestra, which debuted at the Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. “That makes the show.”
According to the Shen Yun website, the orchestra blends Eastern and Western musical systems. “The ability to seamlessly blend these two systems to create one fresh, harmonious sound is what makes the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra unique. “
“The music just makes it so beautiful,” Mr. Edmisten said.
Mr. Edmisten served as Attorney General for a decade. He runs a charity called Foundation for Good Business: Extra Special Super Kids, which provides scholarships.
Mr. Edmisten saw the Shen Yun International Company at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C. and was impressed with both the history and artistry.
“I’ve never seen the classical Chinese artistry like this, and I’m learning some history. I just love it,” Mr. Edmisten said.
Shen Yun was established in New York in 2006 with the mission “to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China.”
Mr. Edmisten said he had visited China before, and Taiwan a number of times, and enjoys seeing other countries’ heritages.
“The scenery is absolutely essential,” Mr. Edmisten said. Shen Yun projects animated scenery from the various regions of China as well as magical settings.
With the backdrop, classical Chinese dance, a unique orchestra blending the sounds of East and West, and more, Shen Yun “weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and heroic modern-day epics,” according to its website.
Mr. Edmisten said he thought the numerous costumes donned by the dancers were phenomenal, and he loved “how they are able to make them work so beautifully in every scene. Precision. The colors are excellent.”
He was glad he experienced Shen Yun. “I love it. I love the beautiful costumes. These are obviously very, very talented artists. They perform beautifully,” Mr. Edmisten said.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will visit Kansas Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 next. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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