Music Teacher Impressed With Shen Yun

March 28, 2012 Updated: November 18, 2020

WASHINGTON—After high school music teacher Chuck Orifici watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Opera House on March 27, he expressed his highly positive impression of the New York-based performing arts company.

“I really liked the dancing,” said Mr. Orifici. “I thought it was amazing.”

Shen Yun is a performing arts company that aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through Classical Chinese dance and music.

Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years and embodies “traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

As a music teacher, Mr. Orifici praised the Shen Yun Orchestra and commented on its unique combination of instruments.

“I liked the way the Western instruments were blended with the traditional Chinese instruments,” said Mr. Orifici.

Shen Yun’s orchestra is unique in its ability to seamlessly blend Eastern and Western instruments “to create one fresh, harmonious sound”, says the Shen Yun website.

Mr. Orifici said that he had “done some Chinese music with [his orchestra] students” and that through listening to Shen Yun’s music, he “got a much better sense of how the music was supposed to sound.”

Besides expressing his acclaim for Shen Yun’s dancers and orchestra, Mr. Orifice also called Shen Yun’s vocal performances “wonderful” and said that the digital backdrops were “amazing.”

Mr. Orifici particularly enjoyed the animated settings for the performance How The Monkey King Came To Be. “I was very surprised when he jumped out from the ground,” he said.

Reporting by Lisa Ou and Christina Zhang.

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 Touring Company will perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C., through April 1.

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