Architect Says Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Is Powerful and Soothing

October 5, 2013 Updated: November 14, 2017

NEW YORK—Architect Ian Petrossian especially enjoyed the sound of the traditional Chinese instruments in the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.

He attended Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s matinee performance at Carnegie Hall Saturday, Oct. 5.

In its own distinctive repertoire Shen Yun draws inspiration from China’s 5,000-year-old culture. The nearly dozen original compositions performed featured both classical Chinese and classical Western instruments.

“I’m loving it. I’m really enjoying it so much,” Mr. Petrossian said. “I’m enjoying it so much. I close my eyes and I just enjoy the music.”

Although he didn’t know that much about Chinese instruments, he said he liked to hear them: “They’re very soothing to my ear.”

He also lauded Carnegie Hall’s fantastic acoustics and said they amplified the sound of the orchestra.

“For me, it’s very soothing. I don’t know what the music is intended to mean, but I know it’s very soothing for me. It’s powerful, yet soft at the same time.”

Reporting by Alec Wang and Sarah Matheson

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on a seven-city tour with performances in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, from Sept. 27–Oct. 22. For more information, visit