Jo Anne Christian, Austin Lyric Opera Founder, Admires Shen Yun
Ms. Christian is a highly respected attorney and a leader in Austin’s arts community. As well as being a lifelong lover of the arts, she’s played an integral role in making the Long Center for the Performing Arts a reality. Ms. Christian is also founder of the Austin Lyric Opera, and has served on the Board for over 25 years.
“I’ve just always admired beautiful things,” she said.
Ms. Christian, who brought together the group of people who gifted $3 million to build the Long Center of the Performing Arts, was pleased to see Shen Yun bring China’s rich history to the venue.
Seeing the New York-based Shen Yun, Ms. Christian was moved by the use of the arts to present the divinely inspired culture and traditional values.
Values like wisdom and propriety, benevolence, and justice are brought to life on stage through classical Chinese dance, vocal soloists, an animated digital backdrop, and more.
Ms. Christian, who also volunteers for the Blanton Museum of Art and the Austin Symphony League, has seen Shen Yun every year it’s performed in Austin. She added that she hopes Shen Yun continues to pass on an appreciation for Chinese culture.
“Oh, they were gorgeous,” Mr. Christian said. “Set, costumes, everything—lovely.”
Reporting by Stacy Chen and Ruth Li
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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