New CEO Had to ‘Hold back a tear’ During Shen Yun

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 30, 2013 Last Updated: February 3, 2013
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WASHINGTON—China’s cultural heritage was on display Tuesday night as Shen Yun Performing Arts began its week of shows at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Opening night attendee Andrew McLaughlin said Shen Yun “really brought out Chinese culture. It brought it to America. I really enjoy all aspects of Asia, but this show was top notch.”

Mr. McLaughlin was this month announced as CEO of Auctions International, an internet virtual auctions support business based in New York. It merged with his previous company where he helped operate Island Studios. Island Studios is a movie complex where filming Dom Hemingway, staring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant, finished in December. 

He told The Epoch Times he enjoyed Shen Yun, “I thought it was absolutely beautiful: the colors were amazing; the dancing was brilliant; and the singers were absolutely fabulous.”

Shen Yun’s performances of Classical Chinese dance also include several vocal soloists singing in the bel canto style, according to the group’s website. The singers perform bel canto operatic singing but sing Chinese lyrics.

Mr. McLaughlin enjoyed the music, calling it brilliant, but it wasn’t just the music and dancing that impressed him. He also found the performance very touching. “There were a few moments in there where it was very, very touching, very emotional. I had to hold back a tear.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Nicholas Zifcak.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Jan 30 -- Feb 3 For more information, visit

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