‘A beautiful message of freedom and strength,’ Says Newspaper President

March 17, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Joseph Zerbey (L) with Mr. and Mrs. Kearns at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Toledo. (Courtesy of SOH radio network)

TOLEDO, Ohio—”Oh, it was beautiful!” said Mr. Joseph Zerbey after attending Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday evening, March 17.

Mr. Zerbey, president of Toledo’s largest newspaper, the Toledo Blade, joined the near capacity audience at the Stranahan Theater, highly praising the New York-based company.

Within classical Chinese dance lie China’s rich cultural traditions and Mr. Zerbey was moved by the depth of classical Chinese culture he saw tonight. “It was a real pleasure to see this. It was beautiful. I think there was a beautiful message of freedom and strength—the history—is so rich, so wonderful.

Mr. Zerbey said he had been to China and was aware of China’s rich ancient history. “To see it here on the stage with wonderful dancers and beautiful costumes was wonderful,” he said.

With him was Mr. Doug Kearns who brought his family. The general manger of Yark Automotive Group agreed and said, “The show was wonderful. It was beautiful—beautiful dancers, beautiful singing. Fantastic!”

His wife praised the “rich history” she saw in the performance.

Shen Yun artists draw their inspiration from China’s 5,000 years of civilization. Values such as compassion, loyalty, kindness and bravery lie at the heart of traditional Chinese culture.

Mr. Zerbey appreciated this and said, “The message was particularly relevant, I think, about good over evil. I wish you could take this show to China. Thank you for being here.”

In conclusion he said he would recommend Shen Yun to his friends and colleagues. “Oh, you bet! I hope they come!”

Reporting by SOH and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C., from March 21 to April 1.

For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.