Pianist Impressed With Shen Yun Tenor: ‘What a Voice!’

February 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—For pianist Brenda Burns, spending an evening with Shen Yun at the Providence Performing Arts Center was doubly rewarding.

She joined her parents on their 60th wedding anniversary day on Feb. 22 and witnessed classical Chinese culture on stage that left her in awe.

“It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” Ms. Burns said.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts comprises four companies that tour the world simultaneously to serve Shen Yun’s mission of a revival of traditional Chinese culture. At the center of each performance stand classical Chinese dance as well as ethnic dance.

Besides dances, every Shen Yun performance also includes solo pieces for tenor, soprano, and baritone. Ms. Burns was particularly impressed with the singers.

“As far as the soloists … the tenor—Oh, what a voice!” she said.

Unique about the Shen Yun singers is that they accomplish to sing Chinese text with the traditional bel canto technique, a unparalleled feat, according to the Shen Yun website.

Her parents and her husband accompanied Ms. Burns. The group had picked Shen Yun to celebrate her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.

“This is a special time for us to be here,” she said.

Shen Yun’s dance pieces showcase demanding leaps, flips, spins, and other challenging tumbling techniques. Shen Yun dancers all undergo intensive physical training and study to be able to reach this level of dance.

“I have to say their athleticism is amazing,” Ms. Burns said.

Reporting by Chang Hua and Christian Watjen

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

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