Pastor Delights in Shen Yun ‘It’s beautiful from start to finish’

April 28, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Pastor Edwin Velasco and his wife at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Pasadena. (Jana Li/The Epoch Times)
Pastor Edwin Velasco and his wife at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Pasadena. (Jana Li/The Epoch Times)
PASADENA, Calif.—Presenting the first of four shows in Pasadena, Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company enchanted the L.A. audience at the elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 28 with its display of China's 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture.

Among the delighted theatergoers was Pastor Edwin Velasco and his wife. He has been the pastor at the Filipino International Christian Church in Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley for the last 32 years.

He said of the show, “It’s beautiful from start to finish. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Everything is new, everything is different. It’s amazing.

"The music, the performers, the costumes the backdrops, everything is beautiful.”

Pastor Velasco felt a universal message conveyed in the show.

“It gives you a taste of heaven because of the way it was created. It’s so beautiful. The choreography and everything is so beautiful.”

“I don’t speak Chinese but I read the lyrics, and there is a message there about spirituality,” said the pastor.

He also expressed some philosophical truths he observed in the show. “You know, it’s something beautiful. You would never think that there are still beautiful things that could come out at this time, because everything seems to be in darkness, but here is a show that displays that good will triumph over evil, light will disperse darkness.”

The pastor's wife added, “Beautiful, breathtaking, choreography, everything. I rate it a 10. We’ll tell our friends!”

They both affirmed that they will come back again to see this unique show that preserves and promotes China’s traditional culture.

Reporting by Jana Li and Masha Savitz.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, April 28-30, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, May 6-8. For more information, visit