‘It’s just amazing! I never felt such quiet strength!’

April 23, 2011 Updated: April 23, 2011

CHICAGO—“It is one of the most magnificent programs I’ve ever seen!” exclaimed Catherine Gray.

Mrs. Gray attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performance with husband Richard Gray, a retired executive in financial services for a Chicago-based company.

“I’ve never felt such quiet strength. It’s just amazing! It’s just incredible, really," she said of the Saturday matinee performance held at Chicago's Civic Opera house on April 23.

Shen Yun aims to revitalize the lost traditions of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance, folk dances and music.

Mrs. Gray said she was impressed by many aspects of the performances. “They were all special, really. The costuming and everything was just wonderful”

She said she was touched by the performances and felt “kind of an inner-peace and a good feeling … happy. It made me happy. It was just the presentation by each of the performers. They looked happy, I just felt really good about it.”

Mrs. Gray added, “I love it and I’m glad Shen Yun came here. I intend on seeing it again when it comes to Chicago.”

Mrs. Gray was saddened to learn that New York-based Shen Yun cannot be performed in China, and said, “I don’t understand why not in China, it is beautiful. I think the exchange is wonderful. It was all inspiring and we’re definitely coming next year.

Reporting by NTD Television and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform a matinee at Chicago's Civic Opera House on April 24, then continue with shows in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from April 28-30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org