THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Musician Richard Johnson attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ sold-out performance Wednesday night with his wife Cherryl, at the Fred Kavli Theatre, March 20.
The Shen Yun orchestra is a uniquely comprised ensemble. According to the organization’s website, “A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies. The sound produced is uniquely pleasing to the ear. “
Blues singer, guitar player and now a videographer, Mr. Johnson paid special attention to the live orchestra. “It’s amazing,” he said.
He added, “I like the timing … I liked the horn session. So far [as] I have heard it’s just flawless.”
“We love the drums,” added Mrs. Johnson.
Established in 2006, New York-based Shen Yun is a non-profit organization aimed at bringing China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture to life through the performing arts.
Having reached millions of people across nearly 20 countries and over 100 cities, Shen Yun is widely regarded as a global phenomenon.
Mr. Johnson particularly enjoyed the show’s emphasis on traditional Chinese values and spirituality.
“I have always loved it,” he said, referring to China’s traditional culture. “I have always loved it.”
Mrs. Johnson was also impressed with the performances use of the digital backdrop with each story. She had never seen such a creative interaction between stage and performer.
“It’s spot on…It’s just; overall it’s just beautiful,” said Mrs. Johnson.
As stated on the website, “These digital backdrop designs complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance: the characters, color of the costumes, specific dance movements, props, lighting, the story being told, particular notes played by the orchestra, and special audio effects.”
Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnson agree that Shen Yun is “absolutely” a must see. Mr. Johnson said, “The way it’s presented is amazing.”
Shen Yun’s New York Company will perform its last show at the Fred Kavli Theatre on Thursday, before moving on to Los Angeles.
Reporting by Jenny Liu and Morgan Bradley
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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