TOLEDO, Ohio—Shen Yun Performing Arts brought its unique collection of traditional Chinese dance and music, myth and legend to the city of Toledo, Ohio, for a spectacular show at the Stranahan Theater, on Friday, May 14.
With dazzling costumes, Western and Chinese classical music and instruments, and a state-of-the-art digital backdrop, the New York-based Shen Yun displays the best of China’s traditional arts. Audience reaction was enthusiastic.
Edna Brown, Ohio State Representative and the Democratic candidate for the state senate election in the Fall, came to the performance on Friday evening and was glad she did. “It was a lovely, lovely show. And I tell you, it was such a beautiful way to spend an evening—the costumes, ah!
“The vocalists, the dancing, the whole evening was just fantastic. I’m so glad I decided to come. It was much more than what I expected. It was truly enjoyable,” she said.
Brown, of the 48th district, is currently serving her fourth elected term. She is dedicated to public service and has had a 32-year career as an employee with the city of Toledo, and then a six-year tenure on Toledo City Council. She has worked tirelessly on issues of voting rights, health, violence against women and economic development.
Brown agreed that the Shen Yun artists had brought something special to Ohio and she was already looking forward to see them again next year. “Absolutely, yes, indeed. Looking forward to seeing them again and witnessing what I saw here tonight, again. It was gorgeous costumes, beautiful dancers, lovely voices. Just a wonderful, wonderful evening.”
She particularly enjoyed the musical part of the show, saying, “It was all very, very great—fantastic. But the last singer—oh! What a dynamic voice! … It was really fantastic.”
She was referring to soprano Ms. Haolan Geng who received a standing ovation and a call for an encore for her performance of Reaching the Other Shore.
With reporting by NTDTV.
The next stop on the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company U.S. tour is Newark, New Jersey, for three performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, May 22-23.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org