HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ fourth show in Houston made the perfect birthday present for more than one audience member at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts on Dec. 28.
“I’m very impressed. I can tell the performers are very prepared and the orchestra is outstanding. It’s a very amazing performance,” said Mr. Duane Jubert, who added that the performance made for an excellent birthday treat.
As a past musician, Mr. Jubert said he was impressed with the diverse instrumentation of the orchestra.
“It’s really easy to get caught up in the sound. It’s a very powerful sound the orchestra has,” Mr. Jubert said. “The sound is very powerful. It complements the performance very well.”
The Shen Yun Orchestra is a unique blend of East and West. Traditional Chinese instruments like the two-stringed erhu and woodwind suona carry the melody while a classical Western orchestra makes up the foundation.
“You get caught up in the moment. I’m just very impressed with the entertainers and the music. Some of it is very engaging, very relaxing, and then it can turn very powerful with some of the performances,” Mr. Jubert said.
Mr. Don Laiche, buyer for J&B Pipeline Supply, said he wanted to bring his wife to Shen Yun for her birthday as well, and they attended with their two sons.
“It’s great, it’s wonderful,” Mr. Laiche said.
“I enjoyed it all, really,” said Mr. Derrick Laiche, who attended the performance with Mrs. Lori Laiche.
“It’s very passionate, really well done. It’s really exciting to watch,” said Mrs. Laiche. “The dancing has just been very spectacular, very well done.”
The majority of Shen Yun’s dances are classical Chinese dance, but the performance also highlights ethnic and folk dances from the many regions of China. In addition to form and technique, classical Chinese emphasizes bearing, or “inner spirit.” The deep emotional expression allows classical Chinese dancers to present the 5,000 years of Chinese heritage.
“It’s breathtaking, just breathtaking. It’s been really wonderful to see just 5,000 years of culture all in one show,” said Mrs. Laiche. “It’s been very nice.”
Also in the audience was Mrs. Shari Wilkins, community association director and attorney, with her mother Dottie Maskau and daughter.
“It’s very positive,” Mrs. Wilkins said of Chinese culture. “[There’s] a lot of pride in the culture.”
“It’s beautiful,” said Mrs. Wilkins. “You could tell [the dancers have] done it their whole lives.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
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 in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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