Percussionist: The Music Makes Shen Yun

“Spectacular music, very, very interesting music. Nice blend of Eastern and Western styles, the instrumentation was refreshing in … the mixture of the various instruments, some of which the Western ears not used to hearing. Especially in a context of a symphonic orchestra was very nice combination, very interesting, I thought.”

“The dance was spectacular; the staging was very nice; the costumes were regal, and the music I think, personally, makes it.”

“There is a lot of spirituality in the show. … I have some awareness of the recent history of persecution within China of Falun Gong members, I’ve heard about that, and that aspect of it was quite upsetting. I think religious repression in all of its forms is quite upsetting.”

“I’s very uplifting. … I mean the performers were very pleasant, very smiling. They look very happy; they look very upbeat, very energetic. And they give the audience a feeling of that, a feeling of wellbeing. Also … the movements are so fluent. And the gowns and the costumes also flow in a special way. I think that is something that is passed on to the audience. The audience actually feels part of that. In fact, I picture myself being able to do… I know I can’t but … it puts you in that mindset. It was great.”

Bill Funcheon, percussionist, IT professional
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, United States
Shen Yun New York Company
January 12, 2018