Behind the Scenes: A New Era in Classical Music
A New Era in Classical Music: The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra
It is one thing to play the right notes. It is another to harmonize those notes with instruments from a vastly different civilization. It is still another to truly embody the elegant power and positivity of classical beauty—free from modern cynicism.
Meet the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Here, Eastern and Western instruments and a traditional sense of beauty and perfection create a sound that is irresistible to the ear and soul.
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LET THE MELODIES OF A LOST CIVILIZATION CARRY YOU AWAY
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.
On September 18, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra sets off on its 2019 international tour, spanning 15 cities across Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. Find tickets here.