Texas Lobbyist: Shen Yun Is Gorgeous, Uplifting

AUSTIN, Texas—Bill Pewitt of Bill Pewitt & Associates was taken in by the color and artistry of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization while seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 29.

“The colors were beautiful, gorgeous,” Mr. Pewitt said. Mr. Pewitt, a lobbyist, has earned a solid reputation at the Texas Capitol and has helped many clients navigate the legislative process over his three decades of working with the state government.

His introduction to the New York-based Shen Yun and its divinely inspired culture of China, however, was completely new experience.

“I have never seen anything quite like it,” Mr Pewitt said.

Shen Yun puts on an all-new performance every year, a performance that includes classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dances from across China, and solo vocalists who sing original compositions in the bel canto style. An animated digital backdrop and an orchestra blending East and West help set a scene that brings traditional Chinese values to life.

“I thought it was very lovely and enjoy it very much,” Mr. Pewitt added. “It is pretty uplifting.”

As Shen Yun concluded its four-performance run in Austin with a full-house matinee on Sunday, Mr. Pewitt said those who had not seen it missed out on a wonderful opportunity.

“They ought to catch it next year, if it comes back next year,” Mr. Pewitt said.

Reporting by Stacy Chen and Catherine Yang

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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