Music Professor Inspired by Shen Yun

April 1, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am MainFRANKFURT, Germany—Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company has concluded its tour of Frankfurt, presenting its closing show at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am Main on the evening of March 31.

Professor Bruce Abel, a music professor at a Stuttgart University, who has taught song for 30 years, was in the audience. He said, “I thought Shen Yun was an amazing show. There was so much harmony, and I think the artists are at a very high level.”

With a mission to revive the beauty and wonder of 5,000 years of Chinese history, Shen Yun was established in 2006 and now has three equally large companies touring the world. Based in New York, they are free to present many of the traditions that have been lost under China’s current communist regime. Shen Yun presents performances of classical Chinese dance as well as folk dances and ethnic dances from China’s diverse regions and peoples.

Mr. Abel was impressed by the Shen Yun Orchestra which combines classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments to produce a unique sound, according to the company’s website.

“The music is so versatile, as well the instruments. And the way the stage was designed was unique,” he said. “I find the Western and Eastern instruments blend well together.”

Many of the stories in the performance have a moral tale and convey the values of the culture. Also included are a couple of dances about contemporary China that depict the bravery and courage of a peaceful group of people who are persecuted in China today for their belief in Falun Gong.

Mr. Abel said, “Good will always prevail. One has to keep an eye on this.”

“All-in-all, the show inspired me and will be beneficial to my own work. There is no doubt that I will come next year and will recommend the show to everyone,” the professor said.

Reporting by Qin Huang

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 International Company will perform in Stockholm, Sweden, through to April 6 and then perform at The London Coliseum, April 12-15.

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