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Music Teacher: Shen Yun ‘I love it’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 25, 2013 Last Updated: February 18, 2013
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Retired musician Karen Werner (L) brought her sister-in-law Barb O'Neill to enjoy a night out at the Detroit Opera House to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, Thursday, Jan. 24. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Retired musician Karen Werner (L) brought her sister-in-law Barb O'Neill to enjoy a night out at the Detroit Opera House to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, Thursday, Jan. 24. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

DETROIT—Barb O’Neil and Karen Werner attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 24.

Mrs. Werner is a retired music teacher and taught music for 30 years. She plays the violin, the piano, and other instruments. Mrs. Werner played the violin in the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra—a highly esteemed symphony in southeast Michigan since the ’60s. She has always appreciated music and the arts.

Mrs. O’Neil is a homemaker and loves China. The two sisters-in-law traveled to Detroit from the northern part of Michigan to see Shen Yun.

“It’s my Christmas present,” Mrs. O’Neil said. Mrs. Werner said that she was very impressed. “We are both enjoying it so much,” she said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.

“The dance movements and everything are just stunning—the dancing, the costumes, and the backdrops,” Mrs. Werner loved it all. She said Shen Yun’s digital backdrops were “just very stunning.”

Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of the performance while various ethnic and folk dances are presented as well.

“The explanations of the different parts of China and the different types of representation of the different provinces of China—we’re finding very interesting,” Mrs. Werner said.

“We love the history that goes with it and mostly all the artistic dances and music,” Mrs. Werner said.

Mrs. O’Neil said that Shen Yun is great. “I love it,” she said, adding that she “really likes the dancers.”

Shen Yun was established in 2006 by group of classical Chinese artists with the desire to revive the essence and true Chinese culture.

Mrs. Werner said that through the emcees explanation, and the songs, and the entire performance, she was discovering the “inner spirit of humanity.”

“It’s wonderful to have it introduced to us because normally we wouldn’t think so much of that when you think of modern China. It’s a beautiful thing to see this—the spirit of it,” Mrs. Werner said.

Mrs. Werner said that the Shen Yun Orchestra is wonderful, and that she could hear the classical Chinese music mixed with the classical Western orchestra. “When I hear the orchestra starting to warm up—it’s just wonderful to hear,” she said.

“It sounds beautiful to my ear,” Mrs. Werner said.

Mrs. O’Neil said that you should see Shen Yun at least once in your lifetime. “I think you should,” she said.

“It’s so special and it’s something that’s so out of the ordinary,” Mrs. O’Neil said.

“We’re very happy to be here,” Mrs. Werner said.

Reporting by Madalina Hubert and Kelly Ni.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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