Shen Yun Orchestra ‘Transcendental,’ Says Human Resource Director

October 13, 2013 Updated: November 17, 2017

HOUSTON—Rick Hodge, a human resource director, attended Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s matinee performance at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

“It was transcendental,” he said. “You get to that point where you’re feeling the music—very soothing, very relaxing, kind of during that moment with the music—so I really, really enjoyed it.”

Mr. Hodge applauded the selection of pieces, which included compositions from Western composers, such as Tchaikovsky, and original pieces created by Shen Yun’s composers.

“I liked the different conductors coming in. They [each] had a different way to conduct, a different way of getting the music through the symphony—so I liked that as well,” he said.

He said he also felt that the orchestra’s use of use of traditional Chinese instruments was excellent. “It was blended really well,” he said.

Inspired by the music, Mr. Hodge said he enjoyed the different feelings that the music aroused in him. “It had some vibrant along with some soothing tones and tunes, so I liked that a lot,” he said.

Accompanying him was Patricia Barrientos, a legal administrator, who said the performance was spectacular.

“So inspirational, it just moves you,” she said.

Reporting by Catherine Yang and Sarah Matheson

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is on a seven-city tour with performances in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, from Sept. 27–Oct. 22. For more information, visit