Retired Professor of Theory and Composition Enjoys Shen Yun’s Orchestra

January 24, 2017

“I like it. It’s clearly non-Western, but Western enough so that someone who is steeped in the Western tradition can enjoy it and appreciate it. I like a lot of the effects that I’ve heard, like for instance the Tibetan drums, and the coordination of some of the percussion ideas with that [performance].”


“This isn’t Beethoven, this isn’t Shostakovich, it’s something else and it’s a new experience, but it’s a very pleasant one. I’m having a good time. I really am.”


“It was a brand new experience for me, I’ve never seen anything like that, but the coordination of the action and the music, the music is very expressive of the action and vice versa, and I’m just amazed at the coordination of all of the dancers. …

“Needless to say it’s taken [Shen Yun] a great deal of very careful time and energy to coordinate things in such a way that everybody does the same thing, getting ten people to do the same thing at the same time, with scarves and skirts and foot motions and sleeves and all of that is just an astonishing accomplishment.”