Although retired now, Mr. Cagle owned Ameristeel, Inc., a specialized Steel Service Center. Fay retired from the insurance industry.
“I was just saying that it’s a shame that the people in China can’t see this anymore. It’s too bad because it’s beautiful. …. I wish the people in China could see this,” Ms. Cagle said.
According to the Shen Yun website, the classical Chinese dance and music company was formed in 2006 in New York by a group of leading classical Chinese artists with a mission to revive China’s 5,000 years of history and culture. This rich culture was nearly lost under decades of communist rule.
Since it is based in New York and is independent of the Chinese regime, the company enjoys artistic freedom and tours the globe each year with an entirely new line up of dances and music performances.
Mrs. Cagle enjoyed the performance as it offered a chance to see a different culture. In particular, she appreciated its soothing aspects.
“It’s very beautiful, and it’s just peaceful and calm. And, I love the music. The music is … just so calm, beautiful, inspirational,” she said.
Shen Yun tours with a live orchestra, comprised of instruments from both the East and West, bringing delicate Chinese melodies a lush, full sound.
Mr. Cagle would tell his friends that Shen Yun was a good program.
“I would tell them to come,” Mrs. Cagle said as well. “It’s very interesting and again it’s an opportunity in our country to see other cultures. It’s just so wonderful that we can see it, the people in China can’t. I hope someday they’ll be able to.”
Reporting by Joan Wang and Sharon Kilarski
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.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.