NEW YORK—Mrs. Jackie Messinger hardly concealed her enthusiasm after taking in the Saturday matinee of Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
“I loved it,” she said. “I was so delighted – I screamed.”
The orchestra graced the famous stage with an unusual blend of Western and Chinese musical traditions, combining the power of a philharmonic with traditional Chinese instruments like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa.
“I think it’s a great fusion,” Mrs. Messinger said.
The orchestra mainly performs its own compositions that “draw upon five millennia of culture and legends,” the Shen Yun website states. “Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments.”
Among original Chinese-themed pieces, the performance included a selection of Western classics such as Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dance,” Op. 46 No. 8 and Saint-Saëns’s “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.”
The performance also featured vocal pieces in Mandarin Chinese, sung in the ancient bel canto style. Tenor Tian Ge’s delivery of the original composition “Life is Fleeting” deeply struck audience member Reverend Joel Rosow.
“The experience that he must be having of being able to project his voice like this and to share this energy in vocal sound,” he said. “Because it’s something that comes from the heavens. Seeing him so full of these emotions, and so much love, and bringing that to all of us in this beautiful hall is very, very lovely.”
“I’m very proud about this orchestra playing in Carnegie Hall,” said Mrs. Messinger, who is of Chinese descent. “Very, very proud.”
She took multiple program books—to hand out to her friends, she said—from the venue and plans to expand her experience in January, when Shen Yun Performing Arts brings its famous classical Chinese dance performance to Manhattan’s Lincoln Center.
Reporting by NTD Television and Petr Svab
New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra comprises musicians from the four 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.