New York Philharmonic Board Member John French III: ‘We’ll keep coming’ to Shen Yun

January 11, 2011 Updated: October 24, 2015

NEW YORK—John French and Carole Bailey came out of the David H. Koch Theater at New York’s Lincoln Center, where they had been watching the Tuesday, Jan. 11, evening performance of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“We were impressed with the energy and the activity and the graphics, the backgrounds,” said Mr. French. “I think it’s just wonderful.” He also noted the light, “fun” aspects of the performance.

John French III is a retired lawyer and board member of The Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, more commonly known as the New York Philharmonic—the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S.

Ms. Bailey, an interior designer, said that she was absolutely enthralled by the colors.

“The costumes and the background—the design part of it is spectacular. I’m just thoroughly enjoying it,” she said adding that she hadn’t seen anything like Shen Yun before.

“Very strong colors. And I was watching the dance movements … it is very graceful.”

The Shen Yun dancers train in classical Chinese dance in which techniques include a series of very difficult moves—jumps, flips, twists, and spins that have been a part of Chinese dance for thousands of years.

“It is stunning,” said Ms. Bailey, adding that she thought the male dancers were especially amazing.

“We’ll keep coming,” said Mr. French. “We were astonished that there were three companies touring the world at any one time.”

Both Ms. Bailey and Mr. French also work for a number of cultural non-profit organizations based in America.

Reporting by Sherry Dong and Diane Cordemans.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater until Jan. 16. For more information visit