TOLEDO, Ohio—”It was overwhelming. I don’t usually cry; I cried,” said Diane Kaericher, a therapist, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company perform at Stranahan Theater on March 18, with her husband Michael Kaericher. “It was that incredible—the colors, movement, grace, and practice … to do that, it’s a lifetime.”
“The music has a sweetness and a sense of beauty … I am chocked up now, it’s just that moving to me,” Mrs. Kaericher said. “I will never be able to thank [Shen Yun] enough; I would like to see them again.”
Shen Yun is the premier classical Chinese dance and music company which combines dance and music to portray 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese traditional culture. The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique with its original music and ability to combine Western and Eastern traditional instruments harmoniously.
“The show is absolutely wonderful,” said Mr. Kaericher, a retired Ford Motor Company director. He said that he loved all of the aspects of the “performing arts, music and dance.”
Mr. Kaericher mentioned that he has played a variety of instruments over the years, and as an adult played the flute. His son is an accomplished flutist. He was impressed with the Shen Yun Orchestra. “I was excited to discover this is basically a full orchestra there with more than 40 pieces here,” he said. “That is very, very impressive, and they are very good,” he said.
Mrs. Kaericher mentioned that sound is important in her therapy work as she uses it to help people find places in the body that hold chronic pain. “I would love to just sit and listen to the music,” she said.
Mr. Kaericher would reassure anyone having any doubts about coming to the performance. “It is very, very good and I highly recommend it to anybody who might have a doubt about coming to see it.”
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C., from March 21 to April 1.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org