SAN FRANCISCO—In the eyes of business owner Keith Ray, Shen Yun was “perfectly executed.” Mr. Ray enjoyed the Saturday afternoon performance of Shen Yun at the War Memorial Opera House on Jan. 10.
“I thought the show was a great example of traditional Chinese culture.” With an absolute appreciation of the core mission of Shen Yun Performing Arts, Mr. Ray shared, “I don’t think there are examples of traditional Chinese culture and stories that are getting out anymore. And it’s just great to see that especially with a civilization that is 5,000 years old.”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Chinese culture is thus known as ‘divinely inspired,’ and is the only culture in the world to have a continuous recorded history of 5,000 years. It has left behind countless literary classics, historical documents, cultural relics, and national records reflecting its immense scope.”
Mr. Ray continued to emphasize that “maybe we know about the last 30 or 40 years, but seeing what was before that, was good; it’s great.”
Mr. Ray particularly praised the music of the show. “The orchestra ensemble was very unique combining instrumentation and ensemble from East…and West!” He continued, “It’s a very impressive effort. It’s not pre-cut music that’s being piped in that the performers are dancing to; it’s a live orchestra.”
As explained on the company website, Western instruments create the foundation with Eastern instruments leading the melodies, giving the Shen Yun orchestra “the ability to seamlessly blend these two systems to create one fresh, harmonious sound.”
Mr. Ray commended the Shen Yun orchestra conductor for pulling it all together so well.
Reporting by Abraham Thompson and Kuan-Yu Hsiao
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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