MILWAUKEE—“It was wonderful. It was the best one.” said Jim Karolewicz, vice president of sales for Cerner, one of the largest provider of electronic medical systems in the United States, based in North Kansas City. “I have seen four of them, but I think this is the best one,” he said.
Mr. Karolewicz was referring to the 2013 worldwide tour of Shen Yun Performing Arts performance on Feb. 20. He was among more than 6,000 audience members who were fortunate to get a seat in one of the two sold out performances at the Milwaukee Theater.
Mr. Karolewicz has seen Shen Yun perform four years in a row and like many others has made Shen Yun an annual tradition.
“Millions have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at the world’s top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon,” states the company’s website.
Shen Yun began in 2006 from a group of artists dedicated to revitalize an almost lost culture that was devastated by the communist rule in China for the last 60 plus years. They do so, through story telling based dance and music depicting 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture from ancient times to modern.
In regards to Shen Yun’s depiction of traditional culture, Mr. Karolewicz said, “I think that there are different cultures … There is a culture that we don’t know about, that we learn [about] from this [performance]. Because we tend to hear [about] the culture from the media and press, etc… but we don’t hear about this part of the culture. So that’s very good.”
Mr. Karolewicz stated that he was impressed with “the dancing and the wonderful music and wonderful costumes” of Shen Yun.
He also enjoys that the story changes every year. “The story is very interesting from year to year.”
Shen Yun Orchestra combines the unique sounds of two traditions, instruments from the West and East, as never heard before. An added enjoyment for Mr. Karolewicz and others in the audience was this year’s erhu solo. The erhu is a two stringed instrument known also as the Chinese violin.
“Just the sound [of the erhu], I have not heard it [nor] am I familiar with it. It’s very nice; I like it a lot,” he said.
His message to family and friends: “I would tell them how enjoyable it was and that they should come.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney.
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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