Shen Yun: ‘It was an eye opener for me,’ says Federal Official

January 27, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Alexander Mathews, an official with the Food and Drug Administration, and his wife. Mr. Mathews,  at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Jan 25. (Jeff Chen/The Epoch Times)
Alexander Mathews, an official with the Food and Drug Administration, and his wife. Mr. Mathews, at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Jan 25. (Jeff Chen/The Epoch Times)
WASHINGTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performed at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Jan 25. for a private audience. Among them was Alexander Mathews and his wife. Mr. Mathews, formerly CEO of the Animal Health Institute, is now an official with the Food and Drug Administration.

Mr. Mathews said of the show, “It was an eye opener, I thought it was outstanding, a great introduction to the culture, to the history as well as being entertaining and fun, beautifully done.”

Mr. Mathews praised the stagecraft as well as the music, calling both “very well done.”

Mr. Mathews marveled at the “sense of history” portrayed in the performance. “So much here goes back thousands of years, where as we think in terms of hundreds of years. How much dance that we are used to today has a history in China—that goes back so many years. It was an eye opener for me.”

Mr. Mathews said the masters of ceremonies, Jared Madsen and Kelly Wen, “set the stage well.” Mr. Mathews said because of their introductions he understood what to expect. They “kept it moving, it was very good.”

Mr. Mathews described the program as entertaining and fast moving. “In the process you can learn a lot about China and its history,” he said.

Mr. Mathews said he will encourage friends to see the show, “they might not be able to come tomorrow, but I hope they will come sometime to see the show.”

“My wife and I are very glad that we came tonight.”

With reporting by Jeff Chen and Nicholas Zifcak.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be performing in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center Opera House through to Jan. 30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org