CHICAGO—Pathologist and patron of the arts, Mr. Erlo Roth attended the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company with his friend Ms. Andy Chung. “Very good. It’s professionally done,” he said of the show.
New York-based Shen Yun, bringing traditional Chinese dance and music to the world, is playing at the Civic Opera House through April 24. Mr. Roth and Ms. Chung caught the Friday, April 22 show.
Mr. Roth felt that the two emcees that introduce each show are helpful to Westerners.
“It’s somewhat of a different style, obviously because it’s a different culture. I’ve seen several other Chinese events in the Chicago area, and this is really done very well. Professionally, you can see the synchronization … and the costumes are fantastic.”
Mr. Roth and his family have a history of supporting the arts in Chicago. In addition to subscribing to the Lyric Opera in the past, his daughter plays oboe with the Chicago youth symphony orchestra and studied with Gladys Elliot, the principal oboist of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Roth commented on the orchestra which, using Western instruments, added harmony to the Chinese tunes, saying, “There is no harmony in most ancient Chinese music.”
On the whole Mr. Roth found the evening inspiring: “The message they bring is that peace and understanding and freedom is important.”
He would recommend the show to others. “If they want to have an idea of the Chinese dance, the traditional dance, this is the place to see it.”
Mr. Roth’s friend, Ms. Andy Chung, originally from Hong Kong, felt excited to be attending and that she had learned more about her own history from the performance.
She, too, recommended the show so that others could learn about the background of traditional Chinese and culture.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org