JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Mr. Jake Piatt brought his wife Vicki Piatt and his two sons to see Shen Yun International Company on Jan. 29. “I was very well pleased,” Mr. Piatt said.
Mr. and Mrs. Piatt own Country Club Real Estate, an exclusive residential real estate firm in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Mr. Piatt was a commander in the U.S. Navy.
He was looking for something to do over Christmas and decided to see Shen Yun “because it’s very unique.”
“It’s not offered that often.” Shen Yun last visited Jacksonville three years ago.
He was glad he did. “Oh, it’s pretty awesome,” he said, with a warm smile.
One of his sons is studying Chinese language at an private college preparatory school in Jacksonville. Mr. Piatt chuckled and said, “We enjoyed it. I’ll get a full debrief on the way home from the kids.”
He said he “read up about it and learned about the orchestra being one of the top orchestras.” The Shen Yun Orchestra made its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2012. It uses traditional Chinese instruments with a full Western philharmonic orchestra.
Speaking of the performance as a whole, Mr. Piatt said, “I’ve never seen anything so well-choreographed, and it was just wonderful. Of course the costumes were unbelievable, and then the graphics behind were really a strong accent to the story. The artists were all great.”
Shen Yun met his expectations, he said. The performance left him eager to learn more about Chinese stories and culture. “I am going to study a lot more of it when I get home, and I’m looking forward to that.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “A unique feature of Chinese civilization is that its history has been documented and passed down uninterrupted for 5,000 years, sometimes in vivid detail. This provides Shen Yun with vast source material, making it possible to revive this ancient culture on a present-day stage.”
Mr. Piatt left the performance with good wishes for Shen Yun. “So I think I would like to see more and more knowledge of this throughout the community. I’m sure it’s spreading.”
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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