Dear world music lovers, have you heard soothing, delightful, enlightening and joyous classical Chinese music played by a grand western orchestra? This fall, the newest phenomenon in classical music is coming to concert halls across the United States.
On September 27, 2013, SHEN YUN Symphony Orchestra slated its first US tour at Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington DC. The stunning performance received a standing ovation that lasted over 10 minutes long. On October 5, 2013, New York audience members were able to watch in awe SHEN YUN Symphony's performance at Carnegie Hall. Again, the performance received a long standing ovation and ended with 4 encores.
Many in history have tried but failed. The task of harmonizing music from the East with music from the West is a daunting one. Because the frequencies of notes played on Chinese instruments differ from those of the West, it is nearly impossible to blend the two distinct sounds on a large scale. And Chinese musical instruments were originally designed for solo performances and are typically played on the pentatonic scale. But SHEN YUN Symphony Orchestra has achieved something no other orchestra has: the consummate union of Eastern and Western musical traditions.
Shen Yun is further unique in that its repertoire draws upon 5 millennia of history, with an array of legends, regions, and peoples from which to find inspiration, reviving themes and melodies from ancient times.
For example, Creation is based on an ancient legend that tells of heavenly beings bringing humanity its culture. The melodies are modeled loosely after court music (yayue) from the Tang dynasty (618¬–907), which is considered the zenith of China’s cultural history.
What eclipses even their top-tier musicianship and brilliant composition is a passion for reviving a lost heritage, and a devotion to positive energy. And that, indeed, is what the concertgoer will hear and feel.
“Classical Western music hasn’t surpassed its peak in almost 200 years; there have been no major breakthroughs. Today, I saw miracles brought forth by the Shen Yun Orchestra... It’s harmonious, beautiful, graceful, delicate, and unique... Shen Yun Orchestra successfully infused elements of Eastern music and the unity of nature and humanity into classical Western music. This has elevated classical Western music to a new realm with a new soul! It’s a great moment, a breakthrough in the world’s music history. A new glory after the Renaissance.”
- William Liu, Music Critic, commented at Carnegie Hall
“My overall impression is that it is beyond anything I can put into words.
It’s the most amazing, uplifting, spiritual journey into the divine through music combining traditions of East and West...Joyous—unbelievable!”
- Margaux Brooks, executive film producer
Please come join me to attend the San Francisco Debut of SHEN YUN Symphony Orchestra. Become enchanted by the splendid, mystifying, inspiring music of SHEN YUN. For sure, it will be one night to be remembered for many, many years to come.
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Date: Oct. 22nd. 8pm, San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall
You may also call [masked] or visit box office of San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall.