Company Owner: Shen Yun Gives ‘Deeper insights into Chinese culture’

April 17, 2011 Updated: April 17, 2011

CHICAGO—The sun shone brightly announcing the first warm hints of spring arriving in Chicago this weekend. But Sunday afternoon, the sun's rays paled by comparison to Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's presentation of classical Chinese dance and music that set the stage ablaze.

Mr. Hevrdejs joined the highly appreciative audience enjoying Sunday afternoon’s performance.

The building company owner, who works for a Japanese company, expressed his amazement of classical Chinese culture as presented by the New York-based Shen Yun that has at heart to revive China's true cultural heritage divinely bestowed 5,000 years ago all but destroyed under communism rule.

He said the performance gave him an “insight into deeper parts of the Chinese culture" he was not aware of. "It was very interesting to understand and watching them, it was very interesting,” he said.

Mr. Hevrdejs was touched by the deeper meanings of the songs steeped in classical Chinese culture. “They spell out commonalities that people understand, the persecution, the want for the basics rather than the material things, he said, referring to the song "Your Life’s True Desire," by Soprano Chia-Ning Hsu.

He said he would recommend Shen Yun to his colleagues by telling them that he opened to "Chinese culture … as well as into other cultures."

Reported by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit