DALLAS—After seeing Shen Yun for the first time at its final sold-out show on Jan. 3 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Mr. Tye and Mrs. Lynette Williams were thoroughly impressed. “Just all the costumes, the athleticism of the dances–it’s wonderful,” said Mrs. Williams.
Mr. Williams, a certified financial planner, is head of Tye Williams Financial Services, a full scale financial planning firm. His business offers wealth management programs aimed at helping his clients achieve their financial goals and dreams, according to his company website.
Although the couple had seen many American classics at the theater, Shen Yun was a refreshing experience for them. “It’s interesting to see a different part of the world perform a little bit differently,” Mr. Williams said, “especially the way they view society as a whole.”
“You always act out on stage the way that you live your life, so it’s interesting to see how they live their life right there on the stage in Dallas, Texas.”
The Shen Yun production aims to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture with stories and messages portrayed through traditional Chinese dance and music. “Every dance embodies traditional Chinese values,” the Shen Yun website notes.
Along with the visual spectacle, Shen Yun features solo singers who use the bel canto vocal technique. Lyrics are original compositions “brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning,” according to the company website.
“I thought their voices were very clear, they’re very talented,” said Mrs. Williams, who sings in the choir at her church. “I love hearing the soprano and the tenor.”
Mr. Williams said the pair decided to come to the show after his wife discovered Shen Yun Performing Arts from the newspaper.
“My wife knows how to pick out all the good stuff,” he said with a smile.
Reporting by NTD Television and Ruth Li.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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