NASHVILLE, Tenn.—When Dr. Bobby Jones emerged from Andrew Jackson Hall at Tennessee Performing Arts Center after Shen Yun’s Feb. 23 matinee, he caused a stir. People clustered around him, asking him to take pictures with them in front of the Shen Yun banners in the lobby. He smilingly obliged, with groups, with individuals, with new groups.
Dr. Jones is a Grammy winner, but Music City, Nashville, is rich in Grammy winners. He is a Renaissance man, host of a gospel show on BET for 34, years, a member of the 100 Black Men, author, teacher, radio host, leader of the Nashville Super Choir, and holder of a PhD from Vanderbilt University. His accomplishments are almost too many to list.
He saw Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time that afternoon. Speaking as a musician, he said he enjoyed the Shen Yun Orchestra. “For the musicians, of course, since I am a musician as well, the combination of the two styles worked exceptionally well.”
The orchestra “blends two of the world’s greatest musical traditions, Chinese and Western.” It creates a refreshing, new sound, according to the program.
The use of the digital backdrop interested Dr. Jones. He has considerable broadcasting experience, and has revolutionized the gospel music industry, according to his biography on Dr. Bobby Jones Magazine, one of his shows. He said, “I loved the costumes and the technical aspect was really fantastic. The screen, you know, with the images, and how it worked into the presentation.”
“With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” according to the Shen Yun website.
The dance also pleased the accomplished entertainer. “The emphasis that was placed on some of the movements that some of the dancers made, made for an exciting presentation of that specific dance or move that they made,” he said.
With a warm chuckle, Dr. Jones said, “tell the women they were all beautiful.”
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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