MIAMI—Dr. Fernando Bastos was intrigued by Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s unique blending of traditional Chinese instruments into a Western orchestra.
“I think it’s a really nice mix with both cultures,” said Dr. Bastos, a dentist.
Dr. Bastos, who describes himself as a classical music lover who often attends performances, said Shen Yun’s unique mix of traditional Chinese and Western instruments would have a huge impact.
He said that the Shen Yun Orchestra provides a guideline to other orchestras and that in the future, orchestras would include both types of instruments.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “Accentuating the beauty of ancient Chinese instruments amidst the grandeur of a Western symphony, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is restoring the glorious heritage of ancient Chinese melodies, blazing a brand-new path in the world of classical music.”
In the orchestra, “Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa,” the website says.
“I like very much the Chinese instruments. They sound really, really good. … I think they are played very well, and the sound is fantastic,” Dr. Bastos said.
The delicate sound of instruments like the erhu is something not found in other orchestras, Dr. Bastos said. The erhu is said to be the instrument that most resembles the human voice.
“[In] today’s regular orchestra, we cannot find the fine and smooth acute sounds of these instruments. … It’s really nice,” he said.
Reporting by Sherry Dong
New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra comprises musicians from the four Shen Yun Performing Arts touring companies. Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time.
The orchestra’s North American tour runs through Oct. 27. For more information, visit http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/symphony