Hakka Music Composer: Shen Yun Most Outstanding Performance Ever Seen

April 8, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

TAOYUAN, Taiwan—”I have seen so many art performances in Taiwan and I think Shen Yun Performing Arts is the most outstanding of them all,” said Tang Hwa-Ying after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance on April 7. Mr. Tang is a Hakka music composer and the director of Taoyuan Philharmonic Chorus. He is also the principal of Dongmen Elementary School.

“When I was here last year, I was very impressed with the production of the entire program. The backdrop projection had the well-known landscapes and scenes, and the artists danced like they were part of the scenes. This is Shen Yun’s novelty,” Mr. Tang said of the unique elements in Shen Yun’s performance.

“When the characters flew down and disappeared, the artists appeared on the stage out of nowhere, and all the movements matched with the music seamlessly. It’s not easy to do,” Mr. Tang praised.

Mr. Tang was especially impressed with the dance of Taiwan’s Amei ethnic group In The Mountains. “The Shen Yun artists’ movements are even prettier than those of the Amei people. Shen Yun is truly the pride of the Chinese,” he said.

Mr. Tang, who has composed more the 200 Hakka songs, thought highly of the Shen Yun Orchestra. “The live music is definitely as good as top international orchestras. Shen Yun did so much for the performance. I think it is something worth complimenting.”

“It is not easy to put Chinese musical instruments with the Western music instruments in an orchestra. There needs to be a great level of coordination, which is not easy. Shen Yun’s composers did a magnificent job!”

“The tenor had an enchanting voice and superb technique. His voice is so high and powerful!” Mr. Tang said, adding that he liked both of the tenors’ performances. He still remembered tenor Guan Guimin from last year: “He is also an incredible soloist!”

Reporting by Yue Yun and Lin Hsin-Yi.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Melbourne, Australia, April 11-15 at the Regent Theatre.

For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org


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