BOSTON—One of the top concert halls in the world, Boston Symphony Hall, hosted one of the most unique musical experiences in the world Saturday–Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Tim and Terry Marony, both public school teachers, are always looking for new experiences and the orchestra’s unique blend of Western symphony and traditional Chinese instruments suited them just right.
“Outstanding,” Tim Marony said. “I was very surprised how polished it was. The unity and cohesion, the sound, all perfectly done.”
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra offers a lineup of Western classics, but also incorporates its own compositions, often inspired by musical motifs preserved from ancient China.
Ms. Marony called the music soothing, evoking feelings of nature and inner peace. “There’s a calmness to it,” Mr. Marony added.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in 2006 by a group of leading classical Chinese artists who wished to revive the true traditional culture of China that has been all but lost following decades of communist rule.
Shen Yun Performing Arts has multiple dance companies, each with its own orchestra and vocalists. Since 2012, about 100 musicians have been selected from the companies each year to give orchestra performances.
“It’s a combination of East and West,” Ms. Marony said. “It’s nicely blended as it should be.”
“Definitely come check it out,” Mr. Marony concluded.
Reporting by Stacy Chen and Petr Svab
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on a seven-city tour with performances in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Miami, and Sarasota, from Oct. 4–27. For more information, visit http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/symphony/index