Former Record Exec Calls Shen Yun ‘Very Educational’ and ‘Very Entertaining’

NEW YORK—Maria Cuccia, former president of Elijah Records, said she was happy to share the evening watching Shen Yun Performing with her daughters at Arts at Lincoln Center on April 24.

“The colors were extravagant and the dancing was beautiful, and the music—I was very happy to share this with my daughters and to have them realize how lucky they are to express their talents here in the United States,” Ms. Cuccia said. “I give credit to the performers here.”

Cuccia is CEO at Advanced Back Technologies, which manufacturers and sells therapeutic devices around the world. 

For 17 years until 2009, she was president of Elijah Records, during which time she negotiated and signed contracts with music labels and publishers in areas as diverse as Korea, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

New York-based Shen Yun, has three companies that tour around the world to more than 100 cities each year presenting a revival of the most ancient culture in the world.

“Do you enjoy beautiful costumes, exciting music, high-flying dance techniques, stories, and legends? Then you will definitely enjoy Shen Yun! Not only that, but the universal themes of compassion, courage, and hope are Shen Yun hallmark,” according to the company’s website.

Ms. Cuccia, who also plays piano, said she appreciated the vocal soloists, whose songs with piano accompaniment, are interspersed with the dance pieces. 

One of her daughters said she loves ballet and so appreciated the classical Chinese dance.

Ms. Cuccia said that the performance helped her understand that Shen Yun is truly reviving the divinely-inspired Chinese culture, since it’s impossible to see a performance like Shen Yun right now in communist-ruled China right now.

Shen Yun cannot currently travel to China. “Shen Yun is based in New York where its artistic creators are able to freely express themselves and revive their ancient Chinese culture,” according to the company’s website.

“I think it is beautiful these artists are bold enough to express their feelings,” she said. “It was very educational and very entertaining.”

Reporting by Tracey Zhu and Zachary Stieber

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.

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.