Former Professor of Music Amazed by Shen Yun

April 28, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

SYDNEY—”Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! The performers were really amazing.”

This was the response from Monica Figueredo, a former professor of music, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday evening, April 28.

Ms. Figueredo, who is originally from South America, said she loves Chinese culture. Her daughter had given her tickets to Shen Yun as a Christmas gift.

The New-York-based Shen Yun is the world’s foremost classical Chinese dance and music company. Shen Yun seeks to revive and restore China’s 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, including the spirit and values of the culture.

Shen Yun’s rich programs showcase classical Chinese dance and music, accompanied by an orchestra that uniquely combines both Eastern and Western instruments.

The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments like the erhu and the pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. The result—two great classical music traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound, explains the company’s website.

It was the music, and the way it was played, that stood out for Ms. Figueredo.

“The music sound, very beautiful and nice—amazing really, because they’re feeling the music.

“I can’t describe it. It’s really just coming from inside. I’m a teacher of piano, when I listen to piano here—Oh my God, it is really top quality!” she said.

With reporting by Rebecca Hunnisett.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre through May 6.

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