SARASOTA, Fla.—Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra brought its transcendent form of orchestral splendor to Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for its last performance of the season, before Shen Yun Performing Arts once again embarks on a world tour in late December, presenting audiences with classical Chinese dance and music.
In the audience on Oct. 27 at the Sarasota performance of the orchestra was Eugene Dolan, a local DJ.
The first thing about the Shen Yun Orchestra that caught Mr. Dolan’s eye was the size of the orchestra.
“Then,” he said, “these instruments—these Chinese instruments really change a lot of the flavor and sound, and this was a great program.”
An important goal of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, according to the company’s website, “is restoring the glorious heritage of ancient Chinese melodies, blazing a brand-new path in the world of classical music.”
Shen Yun seeks to rectify this one-of-a-kind culture through the glorious stage of the arts.
“Oh the mix,” added Mr. Dolan, referring to the blend of Western orchestration with Chinese melodies and instrumentation. “The selections were just perfect.”
Upon parting from the Van Wezel, Mr. Dolan had a message for the performers: “Congratulations, and thank you for a great performance tonight,” he said. “The program was perfect. Perfect.”
Reporting by Sherry Dong
New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra comprises musicians from the four Shen Yun Performing Arts touring companies. Shen Yun begins its 2015 world tour on Dec. 26, 2014. For information, visitShenYunPerformingArts.org.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time.