The Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017 world tour came to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City for five days in mid-January. All of the scheduled performances sold out, so one more was added to meet the overwhelming demand. Cindy Liu, with NTDTV, interviewed the Fiordaliso family who attended the performance.
Bob Fiordaliso, Vice-President for Reporting, Bank of America:
“This is our first time here at Lincoln Center, and I really enjoyed it: beautiful facility, the show was fantastic, the costumes — very colorful, the timing and everything was great. I was really impressed with the girl who was kicking back the poles that were thrown to her in the back (Journey to the West), so it was fantastic.
It’s our first time here and it’s just really a great, great show. My daughter has been interested in seeing this show for a while so we came specifically so that she could see it, but we all kind of wanted to experience Lincoln Center, and the show looked like it had everything in it, which it did.
That was our first time really hearing those instruments (erhu and pipa) significantly, so it was very interesting.”
Nina Fiordaliso, Full time college student and singer:
“The program was wonderful — between the acrobatics and the amazing things the people can do with handkerchiefs and umbrellas is very, very entertaining. Absolutely!
The music was very, very good. Actually, my daughter in college, she was studying Chinese philosophy, so a lot of the parables and things of the Chinese history were very familiar to her, especially the one about Lao Zi.
I’m actually a singer and the music was just beautiful; I loved listening to all of it. It was just very enjoyable, a great experience. Oh my God, it was just beautiful.”
Natalie Fiordaliso, Rider University student:
“Lao Zi, ‘Journey to the West,’ I’m very familiar with a lot of those stories because I also studied them on the side. And it was really amazing to watch and see even the performers going beyond what I’ve even learned, so it was very, very well done; it was very amazing to watch.”
Nicholas Fiordaliso, Systems Developer, Prudential Financial:
“It was all very amazing, very well done. I really liked the music a lot, especially the two opera performers. Their voices were out of this world, and I don’t know how they get that range, but it was very good! Very impressive!”
Mary Fiordaliso, Housewife:
“For our first time to this area and to see a show of this nature, it was perfect, it had something for everybody, and it kept us all entertained, so it was very, very well done. We would definitely come back and see it again!
It was also interesting for us to see the two instruments, the erhu and the pipa. They were really awesome to hear live.
Definitely, was all-around very interesting. Very well done.”