Carlos Romero attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California, on Jan. 18, 2017. Mr. Romero is an accomplished luthier and violinist who has been performing for over 35 years.
“Fabulous. Fabulous. Of course I was listening to the violins, and they’ve got quite a few difficult passages, fast passages, and I was very surprised by the orchestra. It is absolutely terrific. A lot of fabulous musicians that have incredible technique, from the violin players, you could hear the trumpet players are incredible, percussion, and the people who performed on stage — just fabulous,” he said.
Mr. Romero praised the hard work and perfectionism that goes into creating a performance like Shen Yun.
“It is something that has been totally thought out from the music—from East, West—from the performers, and from the ability to be so precise. This doesn’t happen by practicing an hour a day. This is a total life commitment.”
The music was very well arranged, Mr. Romero said, and there was very good harmony in the production.
“It is so together; it is so together. You know so many times, when you hear a production, you will hear sections of instruments, but you don’t get the blend, where somebody is stating a phrase here, and it is transferred over here. It is so well connected; it is fabulous.”
He also strongly praised the skills of the conductor.
“The conductor has got so many things to do. In this case here, the conductor has to know the score impeccably, he has to know the synchronization of what is going on [on stage], and so the conductor isn’t just looking at the score, just doing this, because he has got to be looking at this and making sure everything is absolutely precise. He does a fabulous job.”
Chang Yiyuan and Yuan Ke from NTD News in San Diego contributed to this article.