COSTA MESA, Calif.—Hollywood music producer and promoter Jim DeCicco was enthralled with the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Friday evening.
“I thought the show was outstanding; the musicianship was very impressive, the arrangement and of course the theater, it was an incredible experience. Very, very thrilled,” Mr. DeCicco said.
Mr. DeCicco has been involved in entertainment production and promotion for over three decades. He is the executive producer/founder of Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which this year will be held on Nov. 21.
Describing his experience listening to the different pieces performed on Friday evening, many of them original works by Shen Yun’s composers who draw upon China’s rich history to make their creations, Mr. DeCicco said the audience could visualize different scenes while listening to the music.
“It really spanned the range. You drift off, you visualize the landscape, and it was very exciting,” he said.
Pointing to Shen Yun’s combination of traditional Chinese instruments with a classical Western symphony orchestra, Mr. DeCicco also said the performance achieved a great combination of the two.
“I thought it was really well executed; really captured the essence of the style of the music, and it was really interesting to hear it played in this way,” he said.
Accompanying Mr. DeCicco to the concert was fellow musician Kim Lachance. Ms. Lachance said she was uplifted by the performance.
“The vibration that you get through your body, through your soul, is just so enlightening and uplifting,” Ms. Lachance said.
Getting a chance to experience the concert was “downright exciting,” she added.
“Just to be part of it, just being in the room, you’re part of it. The beautiful vibration, and what can be better? This beautiful collection of beautiful souls all collected for this gorgeous … performance.”
She added that she would like to see a Shen Yun Performing Arts performance featuring classical Chinese dance. Shen Yun will be returning with new dance programs to Southern California early next year as part of its 2014 world tour.
“I’m blown away. … I’ve just gotten a taste of music, I want to see the [dance] performers, and just be a part of that experience.”
Reporting by Teresa Liu
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on a seven-city tour with performances in Washington, D.C.; New York; Boston; Houston; Dallas; Los Angeles; and San Francisco, from Sept. 27–Oct. 22. For more information, visit Symphony.Shenyun.com