CANBERRA, Australia—Music has always played an important role in life for Peter Shaw, and he was truly impressed by the live orchestra at Shen Yun Performing Arts’ final Australian performance on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17.
Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Its mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture for people all around the world.
Once a school teacher, Mr. Shaw spends his days performing and entertaining crowds in Canada where he now resides, having spent his childhood in Australia.
The Shen Yun orchestra plays all-original compositions that blend East and West, with traditional Chinese instruments leading the melodies, while a Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation.
“I love live music,” Mr. Shaw said. “When it first started I thought it was a recording, but then I saw the musicians in the orchestra pit and I realised this is a live show—it was wonderful. I’m glad I came because visually and musically, as well as the dancers, it was just spectacular.”
“I love the combination of the Chinese instruments and also the traditional orchestra instruments. I love the strong instruments and combined with the Chinese instruments; it was beautifully done,” he added.
Mr. Shaw was also impressed by the interactive digital backdrops, which complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance, such as the colour of the costumes, dance movements, props, lighting and orchestra, according to the company website.
“The way the dancers melted into the background–I’ve never seen that before, and it was wonderful.”
Having had sell-out performances in Canberra, Brisbane, and Sydney, Shen Yun Touring Company has now wrapped up the Australian leg of its 2013 tour, and will begin performances in Taiwan on Feb. 20.
Reporting by NTD Television and Rebel Eddy.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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