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.
“It was like all the troubles in real life vaporized into space. I enjoyed how Shen Yun’s music made me feel. The music calms me and makes me feel that there is hope. The music warms my heart.”
Li Shihua, fashion director of Hua & Wang, during the Taichung City performance in central Taiwan.
“Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra can touch the mind. It has a magical power that brings people to a beautiful realm. It is something that is unable to be perceived in our everyday life. It is more valuable than our success at making money or running a business.”
Hsieh Shuya, mayor of Douliu City in Taiwan’s Yunlin County
“It [Shen Yun music] is like the sound of nature, which displays the essence of 5,000-years of Chinese culture. It is a great blessing for Kaohsiung residents to listen to such elegant music with beautiful sounds.”
Yu Hung, former legislator and director of the Southern Taiwan Joint Services Center.
“With the perfect fusion of East and West musical instruments, the music presented by Shen Yun is marvelous. This is a very successful performance. The composition is very outstanding, and the performances of the artists, including the solo vocalists, is impeccable.”
Park Sung Wan, professor of music at Busan University and the conductor of the Pohang Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Daegu City, South Korea.
“Shen Yun music, with its high and low notes, gave people a mythical and refreshing feeling. It felt as if this music had come from heaven — a heavenly music, something I heard for the very first time. It was beautiful. I felt what it is like to be at a higher place that is pure and extremely comfortable.”
Lee Sang-leem, architect and company representative in Goyang City, South Korea.
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.