Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra

    Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa. Never before have the exquisite beauty of Chinese melodies and the grandeur of a Western symphony been so seamlessly combined.

    Music of Shen Yun

    The Music of Shen Yun(Short Film)

    • PART I: Introduction to Shen Yun
    • PART II: Deeply Rooted in a Grand Culture
    • PART III: Distinct Arrangement Methods
    • PART IV: Pure Energy
    • PART V: A Divine Realm
    • Watch Complete Film

    Shen Yun’s all-original compositions feature the perfect harmony of classical music East and West. How is this done?

    First, the Western orchestra serves as a foundation, accentuating the distinct sound of Chinese instruments. Second, the bedrock of soul-stirring melodies from the ancient Middle Kingdom is fully brought to life by a Western symphony. This is what makes Shen Yun’s music unique and is a new frontier in classical music.

    Traditional Chinese music emphasizes the expression of inner feelings—the ancients always used musical instruments to relate their states of mind. Western music, meanwhile, focuses on the overall effect of the musical ensemble—and to achieve that, arrangement and harmony are of utmost importance. Shen Yun’s music combines these approaches to capture the essence of both East and West.

    Sample Shen Yun Music

    These audio clip samples are from Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 performance.

  • The Creation
    This symphonic poem tells of humankind’s origins and longing for the Creator’s return.
  • Ancient Melody
    An instrument that dates back thousands of years, the erhu can both uniquely convey and evoke a wide range of emotions.
  • Tang Dynasty Training Ground
    This piece accompanies Emperor Taizong as he trains the mighty warriors of the Tang Dynasty.
  • Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
    One of the most famous pieces for violin, Sarasate’s 1883 composition is known for its fantastic virtuosic acceleration.
  • Lofty Spirits on the Grasslands
    This vigorous piece that takes us straight to the boundless grasslands, home to the Mongolians.
  • Chinese Instruments

    The origins of Chinese music can be dated back to distant antiquity. Ancient Chinese instruments share a deep connection with Heaven and Earth. The delicate notes of the plucked pipa evoke a sense of celestial realms. The enchanting sound of the 4,000-year-old erhu mimics the human voice. Leading the melody amidst a full Western orchestra, they create a profound musical experience that resonates deep in the heart.

    Program & Schedule



    • These selections represent the best of Shen Yun’s recent original works, and were composed for its internationally acclaimed classical Chinese dance performances. Works range from haunting erhu solos to the grandeur of imperial-style marches and the bucolic charm of folk-inspired melodies.

    • Tchaikovsky: Waltz-Scherzo, Op. 34
      Tchaikovsky’s Waltz-Scherzo reigns among the most exhilarating and sparkling mainstays of the violin repertoire.
    • Smetana: Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride 
      Smetana’s The Bartered Bride has been hailed as the first great Czech opera. The raucous, exuberant Dance of the Comedians heralds the arrival of a circus troupe in the third act of this popular folk comedy.
    • Gounod: Roméo et Juliette, Act IV, March
      Stately and regal, this wedding march follows the ballet scene in Gounod’s acclaimed opera based on Shakespeare’s tragic romance.
    Program is subject to change.


    • “The music they’ve created is such an excellent combination of traditional melodies.”
      —Dr. Richard Webb, organist, musicologist, and professor, Southern University
    • “Delightful... they blend the Chinese instruments so very well with the Western instruments.”
      —Per Brevig, conductor and professor, The Juilliard School
    • “Really wonderful! I’d be interested in playing some of this music or trying some of it myself.”
      —Charles Castleman, virtuoso violinist and professor, Eastman School of Music