Conductor Says Shen Yun Orchestra ‘Elicited a tone that is unparalleled’
FRANKFURT—Mr. Bernd Peter Fugelsang attended the Sunday Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, a well-known cultural and congress center.
Mr. Fugelsang is a conductor, oboe player, as well as founder, orchestra manager and musical director of the internationally well-known Camerate Louis Spohr Orchestra, located in Dusseldorf, Germany.
“I enjoyed the Shen Yun performance very much,” said Mr. Fugelsang at the end of the Sunday matinee show.
His passion was the orchestra noting that they played ‘very well’. Being a fan of exotic music he was captivated by what he heard.
According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other. The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments like the erhu and the pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass.”
“Blending of the Eastern and Western instruments was one of a kind. The timbre in the blending of the exotic instruments with the classical music elicited a tone that is unparalleled,” he said.
Besides being impressed with the Shen Yun Orchestra, his heart was stirred by listening to the solo performance of the two stringed erhu, also known as the Chinese violin.
Mr. Fugelsang said, “the tone was intimate and deep, touching the heart of the listener.”
According to the Shen Yun website, Chinese dance is “Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.”
“All dancers were very powerful, but the female dancers were just beautiful. The dancers’ movements were graceful and elegant. It was joy to just watch them dance,” he said.
He continued, “I was fascinated by the interaction between the solo dancers and the entire dance group.”
All-in-all, “the Shen Yun performers give to the audience from their heart, are glorious for the eyes to watch, given the colorful costumes, and radiate kindness and compassion.”
He ended by saying, “These performers appear that they don’t see their activities as an occupation, but something they love.”
Reporting by Wang Jing and Heide B. Malhotra
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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