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Cultural Storytelling Expressed Through Classical Music and Dance

2019-03-28 00:02
Shen Yun Performing Arts attracted music and dance instructors to the David H. Koch theater at Lincoln Center on March 16, offering them a glimpse into the history and legends of ancient China. Wayne Lipton, first cellist and chairman of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, appreciated the blend of Eastern and Western instruments in the Shen Yun performance. "I run an orchestra," said Lipton. "I play cello. So I was listening to the instruments and how they mixed and how it meshed. I found it very nice. It’s really quite lovely." "I found it very appealing, very pleasant, very interesting," he said. "I love the individual effort and the training that must go into all those people to perform that way." Shen Yun performances express cultural storytelling through classical music and dance. "I think different stories are appealing, but they all have a cultural theme that again, it’s new, it’s different for me," said Lipton. "I think it’s a good experience." "I was interested in the beauty of it all," said Lipton. "Quite frankly, the costumes and the flow of the costumes were really just splendid. Just a very nice performance." Lipton said from a business standpoint he was impressed with how much participation was involved from volunteers and the amount of advertising that made the performance possible. "To get these kinds of audiences is quite impressive," said Lipton. "I think it’s a good thing to bring back old traditions, and bring them alive in a more modern setting." "I was just glad to see people bringing back traditions," he said. Beautiful Performance Arbie Orenstein, author and professor of music at Queens College, said he found the performance exciting. "The music is, in addition to everything else, is just wonderful," said Orenstein. "A beautiful show. The dancing is [we had for many years]. I worked for George Balanchine, the choreographer and I was here very frequently to see the rehearsals and so on. This is some of the most beautiful dancing I’ve ever seen." "It’s fascinating," said Orenstein. "Many of the harmonies from the west and the subtle sounds of the east from the instruments are really quite unique. It’s a beautiful performance." Exciting Experience Michelle Ferrante, a dance teacher at Upper Room Christian World Center, was enamored with the skill of the dancers. "Amazing," said Ferrante. "The difficulty of the formation, they were all in line, all in sync, it was incredible." "Beyond anything I’ve ever seen," she said. "It was top notch." "I was on the edge of my seat the entire time," said Ferrante. "I couldn't wait for the next story to happen, because it was that exciting." "The orchestra, the music, but also the dancing was unbelievable," said Anthony Ferrante, a music teacher at Upper Room Christian World Center. "How perfect they were in line, and in sync with each other, and the stories they told were funny, at the same time tragic and it was really awesome, it was really beautiful." "I’m actually interested in looking into more of those instruments and getting to know them better actually, because it was beautiful," said Anthony. "It was absolutely beautiful." NTD News, New York