Composer Praises Shen Yun’s Music and Musicians

February 24, 2023 ShareSHARE

SALT LAKE CITY—The beauty in music is the magic of all the instruments working in harmony to create luscious music, and who can understand this better than a composer?

Gary Thomas, a musician and composer, with his family, Kirsten and Hope, came to experience Shen Yun Performing Arts at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater on the evening of Feb. 23.

“I really like the textures. The orchestration is wonderful, and I think there’s a lot of virtuosic playing throughout the entire orchestra, and the conductor’s really got it going. It’s really, really tight,” said Mr. Thomas.

Shen Yun is based in New York, and its orchestra is comprised of a classical Western orchestra with traditional Chinese instruments as the icing on the cake.

I love it. It’s really well crafted, and it’s beautifully played.
— Gary Thomas

“I love it. It’s really well crafted, and it’s beautifully played,” said Mr. Thomas.

Shen Yun’s resident composers are a part of the team that allows Shen Yun to put on an all-new production each year.

“Beautiful compositions. We actually saw it many years ago, and it’s really interesting seeing how it’s evolved. It’s definitely creatively, it’s definitely improved,” said Mr. Thomas.

As someone with experience being in the orchestra pit, Mr. Thomas offered his compliments to the musicians of Shen Yun’s orchestra.

“They’re amazing. Excellent. I know playing trumpet and being in a pit orchestra, every night when you’re doing it, it’s hard work. It’s hard work to keep your head in the game. And they’re doing a beautiful job I think. Yes. It’s very, very bang on. It’s very pleasurable,” said Mr. Thomas.

Each of Shen Yun‘s eight companies brings its own orchestra on tour. The orchestra works closely with the dancers to create the wonderful experience that the audiences praise.

“I always love how they synchronize the music with the dancing, along with the history. Because since my family and my mom’s side of the family was from China before communists and had to leave, this is what I know from my family’s stories. So it makes me feel connected,” said Kirsten.

Shen Yun is reviving China’s 5,000 years of civilization. Despite its efforts in sharing the beauty of China with the world, Shen Yun is unable to perform in China.

“I think it’s extremely important. And I think it’s very courageous and I think it’s very gutsy. Because it’s really given a voice to all of these atrocities that happened that lots of people don’t know about. And so I think it’s amazing,” commented Mr. Thomas.

China before communism was a place filled with spirituality and shrouded in mystery to the Western world. But the importance of morality and propriety from that traditional culture carries on.

“I think it focuses on all of the positive parts of human nature, whereas I think it’s gotten lost with how the political situation is now. It kind of crushed that. So [this] reminds us of what it was all about before. That’s wonderful,” said Kirsten.

Reporting by Lily Yu and Maria Han.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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