SARASOTA, Fla.—Enid Romanek, an artist, had wanted to attend the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performance for some time. On Monday, Oct. 27, she finally found the chance in Sarasota, attending the performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with her husband, Bill Yancey, a mathematician.
Ms. Romanek, who has her own gallery, has been drawing, painting, and writing for many decades and has many of her poems and children’s stories published. “I am very excited to be here,” she said.
After seeing the performance, Ms. Romanek was full of praise for the New York-based Shen Yun Orchestra. “It was just splendid, wonderful. I enjoyed it very much,” she said.
Mr. Yancey said he found the performance to be very energetic and said he especially enjoyed the performance of the two-stringed erhu, also known as the Chinese violin.
According to the Shen Yun website, “Despite its simple construction, the erhu is extraordinarily expressive. Having no frets or fingerboard allows for a free array of vibratos and slides, as well as tremendous tonal flexibility.”
The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is unique in that it blends traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu with a Western classical orchestra with masterful harmony.
Mr. Yancey commended the blending of the two musical traditions and described the performance as very positive, energizing, and resonating.
Ms. Romanek appreciated every aspect of the performance. “I enjoyed all of it. The final piece—the clarity was incredible. The voices were beautiful. The erhu—I just liked everything about it. And the conductors were fun and very good,” she said. “Very emotionally touching.”
Shen Yun vocalists use the bel canto style to sing Chinese text. “This means that the singer must, while meeting the challenges inherent in bel canto, retain perfect Chinese diction. These singers’ ability to do this is unparalleled,” says the Shen Yun website.
“That was just delightful,” said Ms. Romanek of the performance. “It’s uplifting.”
Mr. Yancey added, “Bravo! Bravo! That was just delightful.”
Reporting by NTD Television
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, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time.