Looking back at the 2012 Shen Yun world tour

Posted by Trevor Piper on Sunday, May 20th, 2012
 
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A colourful display of thousand of years of Chinese culture amazed audience members attending a sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company at the David H. Koch Theater in the Lincoln Center, New York. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

Welcome to the last episode of this season’s Shen Yun Review, I’m Trevor Piper. Over the past weeks we have been bringing you audience responses to Shen Yun performances around the world. Today we will be looking back at this years world tour, and hopefully leave you looking forward to next year’s.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three three equally large touring dance companies that simultaneously criss-cross the world. This year they performed in over 150 cities in 35 countries around the world. Audiences packed many of the worlds finest theatres such as New York’s Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Sydney Capitol Theatre, and the London Coliseum.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ mission to revive 5,000 of divinely inspired Chinese culture continues to woo audiences everywhere. Here’s just some of the amazing responses to this year’s world tour (audio).

Each year Shen Yun Performing Arts create a whole new performance and then take it on tour for five months. The result of which is a totally unique, not to be missed experience of China’s true traditional culture which will take you to another world (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud supporter of Shen Yun Performing Arts. The Shen Yun review will be back when next year’s world tour is launched. For more information please visit shenyunperformingarts.com.

Producer: Shen Yun the ‘quintessential perfection’

Posted by Trevor Piper on Sunday, May 13th, 2012
 
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Producer Jim Crill at the Lila Cockrell theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review, where you get to hear for yourself how Shen Yun has touched the hearts of audiences around the world, I’m Trevor Piper. Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is a triumph of collaboration, bringing together over a hundred of the world’s foremost classically trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians, and vocalists. Shen Yun is the first company to present classical Chinese dance to the world on a large scale. And it has taken the globe by storm, performing in over 100 cities.

Shen Yun captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with colour and energy.

And the stage we turn to this week is that of the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas in the United States. The theatre, part of the Convention Facilities complex, rests in the shadow of the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas which was built for the 1968 San Antonio World’s Fair.

Jim Crill, now retired, was in the entertainment business for over 20 years and worked for several years with Bob Hope. Jim found Shen Yun a most powerful performance. Shen Yun’s orchestra really struck a cord with Jim and was something he said that captured the human spirit and struck the heart (audio).

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Jesse White Secretary of State of Illinois: Shen Yun vocalists ‘something outstanding’

Posted by Trevor Piper on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
 
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Jesse White Secratary of State of Illinois and friend Cookies Lonie at Shen Yun's performance in Chicago on April 21.

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the World.

The Civic Opera House, is one of Chicago’s historic landmarks and among the world’s most beautiful buildings. Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Civic Opera House is a hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs and a majestic setting for entertaining on any scale.

It’s no wonder Shen Yun Performing Arts call it home during part of its 2012 world tour, the theatre has excellent sight lines and intricate architectural detailing, making it a fantastic and unique venue.

Jesse White Secretary of State of Illinois was impressed with the voices of the singers and said they, ‘Were something outstanding’ (audio).

Drama Actor Helen Jean Arthur and her friend Margaret Emory saw Shen Yun, Helen was very moved by the story of oppression in modern China (audio).

Chrissy Sara a TV Producer loved the dance of the lotus leaves, and was amazed by the live orchestra.

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Tenor Charles DeLong: Shen Yun ‘takes you from where you are sitting to another world’

Posted by Craig Richter on Sunday, April 15th, 2012
 
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Melbourne's Regent Theatre. (Chen Ming/The Epoch Times)

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the World.

The Regent Theatre is in the heart of Melbourne, Australia, and central to almost everything in the city centre. As you climb the stairs and enter the foyer with it’s marble and brass stair cases, balconies and painted ceiling depicting knightly scenes in armour, you become aware of the luxury and regality of the building you have just entered.

The theatre seats 2,162 people on a lower and top floor as well as stalls along the theatres sides, the roof is a marvel with no less than 11 chandlers surrounding one very large chandler in a finely sculpted, domed ceiling. All this makes for a very fitting venue for the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company.

Our first interview is with Charles DeLong an 0pera singer, Charles felt as if taken to another world by the Shen Yun performance (audio).

Next we speak with Laura Anderson, chairman of the Loreale Melbourne Fashion Festival. Laura thought Shen Yun was all about spirituality and beauty (audio).

Finally we speak with Rod Dalglish General Manager of Variety, the Children’s Charity. Rod said Shen Yun was an absolutely brilliant show (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Dance Studio Owner Brings Over a Dozen to Shen Yun

Posted by Trevor Piper on Sunday, April 8th, 2012
 
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The Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington DC. (John YU/The Epoch Times)

Welcome to the SOH Network’s Shen Yun Review, where we bring you audience comments on the 2012 Shen Yun world tour, I’m Trevor Piper. With one of Shen Yun’s three performance companies now in Europe, we will soon be hearing from audiences there, but for this week we stay in Washington DC.

But just in case you haven’t caught on to the phenomenon that is Shen Yun, here’s a little of what you can expect. Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music.

The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties, and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with colour and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.

Now back to Washington DC and the John. F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. The venue is the busiest performing arts centre in the United States, home to the Washington National Opera and affiliated with the National Symphony Orchestra.

At 190 metres long and 19 metres high the Kennedy Centre’s Grand Foyer is one of the largest rooms in the world running the full width of the building in front of the three main theatres. And it was in one of these theatres, the Kennedy Centre Opera House, where Shen Yun performed. The Opera House seats well over 2,000 and features a distinctive red and gold curtain, a gift from Japan, and a Lobmeyer crystal chandelier, a gift from Austria.

And now a chance to hear what the audience made of Shen Yun’s perfomance at the Opera House.

We begin with sales consultant Dave Brady who found Shen Yun quite an experience, not only did he appeciate it’s elegance and beauty but also found a deeper inner message (audio).

And now we hear from two generations of dancers, mother and daughter, Mary and Christina Katic who said the costumes and choreography were just wonderful. Mary brought seventeen people from her dance studio, both students and parents, to see the show and said they all loved it (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud supporter of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For more information about the all new 2012 world tour please visit shenyunperformingarts.org.

Film Maker Enjoys Shen Yun’s Energy in Washington DC

Posted by Craig Richter on Sunday, April 1st, 2012
 
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Curtain call for Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Opera House. (The Epoch Times)

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the world.

Washington DC was built using plans from some of the great cities of Europe, including Paris, Amsterdam and Milan it incorporates several architectural styles including neoclassical, Georgian and Gothic. It features broad streets and avenues providing open space landscaping. It is home to some of the brightest minds in America and most influential people on the planet, including the US president and his family.

The John. F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts would have to be the most prestigious art centre in America and presents the greatest examples of music, dance and theatre while serving the nation as leader in arts education. It’s no surprise then that it’s home to Shen Yun Performing Arts Company during part of it’s 2012 World Tour.

In today’s review we hear how film maker Will Lomborn enjoyed the live experience and energy of Shen Yun (audio).

Financial advisers Dave and Elissa Yeske loved Shen Yun, Dave found Shen Yun very educational (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

 

CBS TV Reporter Russ Ptacek Enchanted by Shen Yun

Posted by Craig Richter on Sunday, March 25th, 2012
 
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Russ Ptacek, an award-winning television and investigative reporter was in the audience at the Opening Night of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Opera House on March 21.

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the World.

Washington, D.C., is a national center for the arts in the USA, and the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. With it’s crush red velvet interior and Lobmeyr crystal chandelier, which was a gift from Austria, the Kennedy Center makes a perfect venue for the amazing Shen Yun Performing Arts company.

Today’s review has a great selection of interviews starting with, Maestro Micaele Sparacino, general director of Opera Bel Canto Washington. Mr Sparacino said Shen Yun singers are among the best he’s ever heard (audio).

CBS TV Reporter Russ Ptacek said the Shen Yun performance transforms language and culture (audio).

Finally, producer Marie Frances liked the messages Shen Yun conveyed (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Indianapolis Director of International and Cultural Affairs: Shen Yun a wonderful way to show Chinese culture

Posted by Craig Richter on Saturday, March 17th, 2012
 
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Ms. Gehihausen, Director of International Cultural Affairs for the City of Indianapolis, highly praised Shen Yun. (Stacey Tang/The Epoch Times)

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the World.

Indianapolis is well known for it’s affiliation to sports of all kinds, it’s home to the most prestigious motor race in the Indycar series, the Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and more recently it was host to the Superbowl, to football fans worldwide that’s no small deal. But amongst all that adrenalin and racing fuel there’s a refined and very artistic side to Indianapolis, this comes in the form of it’s many museums and arts centres.

Today’s Shen Yun Review comes from Clowes Memorial Hall which is home to the Indianapolis Opera and the Butler Ballet as well as many International performances.

North Vernon Mayor Harold Campbell and his wife Joanne enjoyed Shen Yun for a second year, Mayor Campbell said Shen Yun made you feel good (audio).

Jane Gehlhausen director of International & Cultural Affairs in Indianapolis, thought the Chinese history shown by Shen Yun was very interesting (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Artist Amazed by Shen Yun

Posted by Craig Richter on Sunday, March 11th, 2012
 
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The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Memphis, Tennessee. (Courtesy of memphistravel.com)

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of audience comments from recent Shen Yun performances from around the World.

Today’s review comes from the musically rich Memphis, Tennessee home of the blues, rock and roll and gospel. Memphis gave birth to some of the biggest names in music, B.B King, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, it’s also the home of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. The world-class Cannon Center seats 2,100 people and is the home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, it hosts a multitude of other events including ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts

This week it played host to Internationally acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts, who brought with it, amazing cultural, visual and divine blessings, the first audience members we hear from are Nichole Toth and Andrew Braunberger, Andrew is an artist and was amazed by the performance (audio).

Diane Latham and Naomi Griffith saw the show and said Shen Yun was an outstanding cultural experience not to be missed (audio).

Musician Mary Dill thought everything about the performance was beautiful and every instrument was exciting (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of the Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Music Publishers Find Greenville, South Carolina Perfomance Amazing

Posted by Craig Richter on Sunday, March 4th, 2012
 
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The Peace Center for Performing Arts, Greenville, South Carolina.

Welcome to the Shen Yun Review brought to you by the SOH Network, I’m Craig Richter. Today I’ll be bringing you a selection of recent audience comments from recent Shen Yun Performances from around the World.

This weeks review comes form The Peace Center, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. The Peace Concert Hall features state-of-the-art equipment, production and support capabilities and can host any event. One of the finest performing arts venues in the Southeast, if not the nation, this 2,100-seat concert hall hosts uptowns biggest presentations. It’s an architectural and acoustical marvel, designed to provide an unparalleled performance environment.

Judy and Joe Swaim run a music publishing company and thought Shen Yun was amazing (audio).

Tom and Stephanie Vickers loved Shen Yun and thought the performance looked effortless (audio).

Sisters Monica Galea and Karen Demaria where impressed by the work that went in to putting the show together (audio).

The SOH Network is a proud sponsor of the Shen Yun Performing Arts. For tickets and information visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.