SAN JOSE, Calif.—Victor LoBue, retired president of a family-owned oil company, together with his wife, a dancer, attended the Shen Yun show at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 9.
Mr. LoBue said, ”I knew it would be beautiful from the previews I saw. The costumes are gorgeous. Learning about the history is very educational. I’m enjoying it.”
Being also a musician and a member of the Musicians' Association of San Jose, Mr. LoBue appreciated the unique Shen Yun orchestra that combines traditional Western and Chinese instruments.
“I always regret when I sit in an audience that I can’t see the orchestra, because it would be a lot of fun to see the live instruments performing.” He remarked that the music played by the orchestra “was different from American music because of the influence of the oriental rhythms and sounds.”
“Music is the thing I love the most,” said Victor, pointing out that what is now considered to be modern music, “I don’t call music. Music has to be soothing, relaxing, creating a mood.” He enjoyed listening to the flute.
Mr. LoBue was also impressed with “a real discipline, a lot of practice, and physical endurance” of Shen Yun dancers. “I always wished I could jump and do somersaults, jump in the middle of the air like that,” he said.
Victor LoBue liked the way the translation of the words of the songs was projected on the screen: “It’s nice to hear it in Chinese but I would need the translation to understand the story.” He also found the lyrics to be “very deep.”
Mr. LoBue said that he did not know about Falun Dafa before, but after the performance he said, “I have to look that up.” Victor was especially impressed with the words “The Lure of status and wealth ensnares.” He was referring to a line from the song “Your Life’s True Desire” performed by soprano Chia-Ning-Hsu.
Contemplating on his life experiences, Mr. LoBue continued, “Well, life is nothing but a rollercoaster. I’ve known and do know wealthy people, but when it comes to bad health, all the money in the world doesn’t make a difference. So the words (of the songs) are very philosophical, and very deep, and so true.”
As for the last piece The Opening of Heaven’s Gates, where a divine being averts disaster and, according to the program, opens Heaven’s gate for good people, Mr. LoBue commented that he thought that the “meeting of the creator would be in another life, not this life. But I wouldn’t mind meeting him here either! I’ll accept that.”
In conclusion, Victor LoBue said that he was glad that he was given a flyer with the information about Shen Yun. “As soon as I showed it to my wife, that was it, we had to go.”
“I think it’s one of the top shows,” he added.
Reporting by Qian Zhang and Nataly Teplitsky.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is embarking on its largest number of performances in a Midwest city with 10 shows at Chicago's Civic Opera House from April 15-24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org