SAN JOSE, Calif.—After performing for a full house at each performance, Shen Yun concluded its performances in San Jose as part of its 2013 tour on Jan. 6. Among those attending the performance was David Cortopassi, a former longtime musician.
“I was very thrilled with it. It’s beautiful, excellent!” said Mr. Cortopassi.
“I liked the costuming a lot. I thought the dancing was very strong and powerful, and graceful,” he said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission to revive 5,000 years of China’s culture. Its three performance companies, including orchestras, perform in all corners of the world, already reaching millions of audience members.
“The music was excellent,” Mr. Cortopassi said. “The singers were excellent too. I particularly liked the tenor, very nice, well done.”
Each Shen Yun performance features several pieces by vocalists. “Shen Yun vocalists’ singing technique is the genuine bel canto tenor and soprano technique, and is very similar to the technique used by the “10 great tenors” of the past,” reads the Shen Yun website.
The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique in that it seamlessly combines the sounds from the West and East. While the foundation of the orchestra consists of a philharmonic orchestra it also includes classical Chinese instruments such as the erhu, pipa, and suona.
“I loved the instrumentation,” Mr. Cortopassi said.
Mr. Cortopassi attended the performance with his sister Dina. She says that “the whole production had a very high quality to it. The costuming, everything, the sets.”
Dina was particularly impressed by the digital backdrop used in the performance.
“I thought the special effects with the backdrop were excellent,” she said.
State-of-the-art graphics technology is used in the performance, creating vividly animated settings. “The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another,” according to the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Cortopassi says he enjoyed how the performance presented Chinese history. Shen Yun takes audience members on a journey through China’s vast and rich cultural heritage.
Reporting by Christian Watjen and Jasper Fakkert.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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