Nashville Musician Says Shen Yun Orchestra is Excellent

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 16, 2013 Last Updated: February 17, 2013
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The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Musician John Martin and singer, writer, Chamomile Martin attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Feb. 16. Nashville is called “the Music City” because of its rich musical history. The Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame are here. The city is rich in live music, and many musicians and songwriters call Nashville home.

Mr. Martin mostly performs rock and blues music, and also performs “a little bit of everything,” he said.

He said he thought that the Shen Yun Orchestra “did a very good job.”

Mrs. Martin said, “definitely,” and that the orchestra topped off the performance for her. She said the orchestra was excellent.

The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique in that it is the first time an orchestra has seamlessly and harmoniously combined the East and West. This is achieved by the traditional Chinese instruments carrying the melodies, while a full Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, according to Shen Yun’s website.

According to the Shen Yun website, “the sound produced is uniquely pleasing to the ear. The ensemble at once expresses both the grandeur of a Western orchestra and the distinct sensibilities of China’s 5,000-year-old civilization.

The Chinese instruments include the erhu, dizi, pipa, and suona. All Chinese instruments are classified by their material construction into eight categories: jin (metal), shi (stone), tu (clay), ge (hide), si (silk), mu (wood), bao (gourd), and zhu (bamboo). Collectively, these eight classifications are known as the ba yin, or “the eight sounds.”

Reporting by Mary Silver and Kelly Ni.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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