A Unique Musical Experience
Music from 5,000 Years of Civilization
NEW YORK—Imagine a musical experience that opens new horizons of emotion and excitement. In October, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra presents this exquisite experience at 11 concert halls across North America, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago Symphony Center.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra breathes new life into themes and musical styles from ancient times. From the elegant and soothing music of imperial courts to lively folk melodies, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra captures the spirit of five millennia of Chinese civilization in a way never heard before.
And in more than one way, the concert combines the best of East and West. The performance features all-original Shen Yun works alongside purely Western classical masterpieces. The classical works include Tchaikovsky (Marche Solennelle) and Sarasate (Zigeunerweisen).
The original works, inspired by traditional Chinese melodies, are the creation of Shen Yun’s composers—D.F., Jing Xian, Gao Yuan, and Junyi Tan. These compositions are noted for another unique East-West harmony: Chinese instruments leading the melody on top of a full Western orchestra.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra seamlessly combines the distinct sounds of Chinese instruments with the foundation of a powerful Western orchestra. Alongside classical brass, woodwinds, and strings, it blends in traditional Chinese instruments such as the two-stringed erhu, the plucked pipa, and ancient percussion. The result is a rich, vivid sound that leaves an impression on everyone who hears it.
Finally, the concert features solo performances by a few of the world’s top Chinese classical singers. These vocal soloists are distinguished by their use of bel canto technique to sing Chinese texts.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra counts among its members top orchestra musicians from the United States, Germany, Spain, Australia, Korea, China, Taiwan, and other countries. The concert is conducted by Milen Nachev; concertmaster is Astrid Martig, and soloists are violinist Fiona Zheng, erhu soloists—Xiaochun Qi, Lu Sun, and Mei Xuan, tenor Tian Ge, and sopranos Min Jiang and Haolan Geng.
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is part of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Both are nonprofit organizations, based in New York, with a shared mission of reviving traditional culture. This next concert season, the Symphony Orchestra's fourth, begins Oct. 3 in Toronto and ends in Providence, RI Oct. 31.
August 1, 2015