The Symphony Orchestra That Touches the Human Heart

The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on its 2017 international tour. (Image: Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Website)
The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on its 2017 international tour. (Image: Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Website)

Based in New York, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding musicians from various countries. It is part of Shen Yun Performing Arts, and accompanies its dance company on its world tour.

Shen Yun Performing Arts is a classical Chinese dance company established in 2006 in New York with the mission to revive the 5,000-year divinely inspired Chinese culture. It has five equally sized companies that tour the world each year with new performances. Shen Yun performing Arts has performed over 500 shows in over 100 major cities, and has been widely acclaimed by people from all walks of life.

Shen Yun’s music is unique in that it is performed by an orchestra that combines traditional Chinese and classical Western musical instruments.

A video performance of a Tibetan score entitled Snow-Capped Celebration, by the Shen Yun Symphony 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 — such as 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.

A video performance of Chinese erhu piece entitled All for Today, by the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra:

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra made its international debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in October 2012, and kicked off its world tour in 2016. It has just completed its 2017 Asia tour in South Korea and Taiwan. This year marks the second year that the orchestra has traveled to these two countries, where it staged two performances in South Korea and 15 in Taiwan during the month of September.

A video performance of a Taiwanese dance piece by the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra:

During Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s Asia tour this year, it was highly praised by audience members, both in Taiwan and South Korea.

Li Shihua, fashion director of Hua & Wang, attended the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performance at Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater. She said: “Many of my friends told me that Shen Yun’s music belongs in heaven, and it does.” (Gong An-ni/The Epoch Times)

Hsieh Shuya, mayor of Douliu City in Taiwan’s Yunlin County, attended Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s concert at Yunlin County Cultural Affairs Department Performing Arts Hall. (Cheng Sunli/The Epoch Times)

Yu Hung, former legislator and director of the Southern Taiwan Joint Services Center, and friends attend Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the Jihde Hall of the Kaohsiung City Cultural Center. (Image: Li Chingdai/The Epoch Times)

Park Sung Wan, a professor of music at Busan University and the conductor of the Pohang Municipal Symphony Orchestra, enjoyed Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s debut performance at the Daegu Concert House in Daegu, South Korea. ((Image: Quan JING LIN/ The Epoch Times)

Lee Sang-leem, architect and company representative, attended the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert at the Goyang Aram Nuri Concert Hall with his wife. (Image: Quan Jing-lin/The Epoch Times)

Having concluded the Asian leg of its 2017 Concert Tour, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will continue its North American tour in Canada and the United States, with a performance in Toronto on October 11, followed by the performances in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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