“It was really deep,” she said. “Not just because they performed so well, but also because of their voices.”
Interspersed with mini-drama dance pieces, Shen Yun’s sopranos and tenors perform solos accompanied by a pianist. They sing using the Bel canto technique, in Chinese, with an English translation shown on the digital backdrop.
“The song texts the singers perform are original works written for these pieces,” explains Shen Yun’s website. “Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and containing deep layers of meaning, the texts go beyond the boundaries of nation, race, and culture, and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over.”
La Voz de Honduras, or The Voice of Honduras, is distributed throughout the tri-state area.
New York-based Shen Yun travels to more than 100 cities each year presenting a revival of the divinely inspired, 5,000-year-old Chinese culture. Shen Yun is currently performing at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.
Ms. Guzman said that the classical Chinese dance was amazing, but was especially enthralled with the accompanying orchestra, which deftly melds classical Western instruments with traditional Chinese instruments, such as the pipa, or Chinese lute.
“The music was very profound,” said Ms. Guzman.
Coral Caporale, a health administrator who also writes for the East Harlem Journal, said that she was struck by the spiritual elements in traditional Chinese culture and Shen Yun.
“I was deeply touched,” she said.
The more Shen Yun and the revived Chinese culture, with its virtues, myths, and legends, are presented to the world, the better things will go, said Ms. Caporale.
“The more we learn about the aspects of Chinese culture, the more peace there will be,” she said.
Reporting by NTD Television, Ananda West, and Ryan Jeffries
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.