CHANGHUA, Taiwan—Changhua County Magistrate Wang Hui-Mei was in awe of the magnificent performance presented by the New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Changua Yuanlin Performing Arts Hall on Oct. 1.
This was the magistrate’s first opportunity to hear a Shen Yun concert, and she was fascinated by the performance—she felt that her mind was cleansed by the pure melodies. “Shen Yun music is like the beautiful sound from heaven,” Magistrate Wang said. “I feel [Shen Yun music] is overwhelming and very eventful.”
“Regardless of whether they are human emotions or the tremendous momentum of vast grasslands, all of them are depicted in the music perfectly,” she said.
Shen Yun’s music was not only touching on Wang’s emotions but taking her to another place in history. “I feel that the music portrays various distinctive scenarios including the beauty of immense grasslands in Mongolia—it is very touching,” she said.
“Since I had read the notes on the program beforehand, various stories seemed to appear in my mind one after another [during the performance],” Wang explained. “I was truly amazed by the music that is full of emotions of pleasure, anger, sorrow, and joy.”
Wang appreciated the combination of the powerful Western symphony and the gentle Chinese melodies. “Generally speaking, a Western symphony makes people feel overwhelmed, and Oriental music is rather graceful. Shen Yun music gives audience members a very special feeling,” she said.
The magistrate enjoyed the two conductors’ performances very much. “The conducting movements of the first conductor [Milen Nachev] are dynamic and powerful, while those of the second one [Dmitry Russu] were softer and subtler,” she said. “Through their batons, the magnificent scenes seemed to appear [in my mind]. Their conducting skills are amazing.”
Wang also praised the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s mission of promoting authentic traditional Chinese culture. “While technology is getting more and more advanced, ethics and morality are essential as well. … I would like to thank Shen Yun for its long-term efforts in promoting the 5,000 years of Chinese culture by mean of integrating art in our daily lives,” she said. “It benefits the elevation of our lives and souls.”
Delighted by the performance, with its historical and cultural significance, the magistrate encourages more people to attend the concerts. “Shen Yun promotes cultural heritage through many historical and cultural stories—those who haven’t experienced a Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s performance should make time to attend,” she said.
“I hope that we can promote [Shen Yun concerts] together.”
Reporting by Gong Anni and Billy Shyu.
New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra comprises musicians from the six Shen Yun Performing Arts touring companies. For information about the October performances, visit: ShenYun.com/Symphony
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.