VIENNA—Professor Guenther Lorenz, retired musician of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and his daughter, Gerlinde Lorenz, were intently watching the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performance at the Wiener Stadthalle on March 1.
Mr. Lorenz is renowned for playing the oboe, a double reed musical instrument of the woodwind family, and the English horn, also a double–reed instrument.
They had been told that the mission of Shen Yun is to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the universal language of music and dance, and that traditional Chinese culture is deeply steeped in spirituality.
Mr. Lorenz was impressed and said, “This show is just so different from what we generally see in our region. The time just passed so fast and everything is worthwhile seeing.
Daughter Gerlinde could only agree and said: “The show was fantastic … There were times when I was deeply touched, but I can’t for sure tell which scenes touched me the most. But, the scene An Early Spring was quite emotional for me.”
Mr. Lorenz was impressed with the performance of the Shen Yun Orchestra, which is unique because it combines traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments to create a distinct sound.
“The orchestra had Chinese musicians and their performance was flawless. But one could hear that the music was different from what we are used to. They worked well together and I assume they play very often as one group.”
Daughter Gerlinde was also impressed by the full orchestra. “For me personally, it was important that the Shen Yun performance was accompanied by a live orchestra. I must say that they played perfect. … It was very well done.”
Both, father and daughter enjoyed the digitally animated backdrops that enhanced each story with scenes from China’s regions and dynasties.
“The optical illusion presented by the backdrop was amazing. What astounded me was how people flew up and came back down on the backdrop!”
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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