ATLANTA—Philanthropist, Ann McCrory, saw Shen Yun Performing Arts last year when the company was on its 2014 world tour. She enjoyed the performance so much that she came back again this year to watch the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company perform its all-new program for the 2015 season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 4.
“It’s just different and beautiful each time,” said Ms. McCrory.
“It’s wonderful, really enjoyed it. The costumes are exquisite, the beauty of the dance—we’re loving it.”
Ms. McCrory said she also loved learning about Chinese culture through the performance. According to Shen Yun’s website, the company’s founders have made it their mission to revive China’s ancient culture.
Coming to see the performance with Ms. McCrory was Audrey Morgan, a fellow philanthropist. This was Ms. Morgan’s first time watching Shen Yun.
“I thought that it was absolutely beautiful. I enjoy learning about the culture and the message of hope,” she said.
“I would enjoy telling other people about it. It’s my first time, so I would definitely come back again.”
Ms. Morgan has a long history of philanthropic activity, and has been the honorary chair of a number of foundations and organizations. Similar to Ms. McCrory, she has also served as a member of the board of trustees for the DeKalb Medical Foundation.
Ms. Morgan said she appreciated the explanations the emcees give before and after each performance, so the audience can learn more about the different pieces. She said the show had an uplifting impact on her.
“It’s very overwhelming and I it makes me feel good today. I’ve enjoyed being here,” she said.
Ms. McCrory chimed in that the use of the animated digital backdrops added to the beauty of the performance.
“[We enjoyed] the background and the dancers coming right up from the background,” she said, referring to how characters and other objects fly “in and out” of the backdrops in some of the performances and interact with the dances on stage.
“[I’m] just happy to be here,” added Ms. Morgan.
Reporting by Frank Xie
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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