EDMONTON, Canada—John Giovanni lives music. It’s his business and passion, and on Wednesday night, April 11, he was among the full house audience at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for Shen Yun Performing Arts’ closing performance.
“It’s exciting; the colours, everything is just wonderful,” said Mr. Giovanni, owner of Giovanni Music, one of the largest music stores in Alberta. Giovanni Music includes a large music school with 30 teachers and a 160-seat recital hall.
“It’s wonderful. They did a good job,” he said of the performers, who earned a standing ovation from the audience that night.
Mr. Giovanni came to Canada from Italy with his parents and started to earn money by teaching people to play the accordion. It’s an instrument that has seen its popularity wane, but not before Mr. Giovanni joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage when the world-renowned opera singer performed in Edmonton in 1995.
Mr. Giovanni said the music performed by Shen Yun’s unique orchestra matched the dancing very well, and the overall presentation left him impressed.
“The colours, the movement, the music, it’s exciting. Everything is beautiful—really. They did a wonderful job,” he said.
Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dancers tour with a unique orchestra that includes traditional Chinese instruments leading the melodies.
“I’ve never heard that kind of music before. This is my first experience, personally,” Mr. Giovanni said.
“It’s very nice,” said Sherida Shamey, who along with her husband George Shamey, joined Mr. Giovanni that night.
“It’s beautiful, it’s amazing, very well put together,” she said.
She said she could not pick a favourite performance from among the over 20 dance pieces and vocal performances.
“Everyone of them has it’s unique … I can’t choose,” she said. “It’s all beautiful.”
“I liked the scenery, beautiful,” said Mr. Shamey.
That scenery was created by Shen Yun innovative digital projections, life-like animated scenes that play out and sometimes interact with the dancers on the stage.
Mr. Shamey praised the dancers for their professionalism and said he enjoyed the music as well.
“We like Chinese music, because it’s relaxing,” he said.
Reporting by Mei Li.
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next travel to Regina to stage one performance at the Conexus Arts Centre on Friday April 13.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.