Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Fills Jewelry Designer With Imagination

October 19, 2013 Updated: November 17, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Jewelry designer Debbie Paletta’s first time experiencing Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was a memorable one.

“I haven’t seen anything like it before,” said Paletta, after taking in the performance on Friday at Segerstrom Concert Hall.

“I am happy to be here,” she added. “I think it is lovely. It’s beautiful.”

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra “melds the spirit and distinctiveness of Chinese music with the precision and power of the Western symphony orchestra,” according to the orchestra’s website. The all-original works combine Chinese and Western instruments.

“Alongside classical Western symphonic mainstays—like brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion—Shen Yun incorporates ancient Chinese instruments such as the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa,” the website explains. “There is no orchestra like Shen Yun. It is the world’s only orchestra that combines both classical Western and Chinese instruments as its permanent members.”

Ms. Paletta said that she particularly enjoyed hearing the Chinese instruments.

Paletta owns Paletta Jewelry, which specializes in custom-made fine jewelry designs, as well as re-design and repairs.

She brought her brother and his wife and two daughters, who were visiting from Minneapolis.

During the performance, she said she felt happy, content, and relaxed.

“Just filled with imagination,” she said.

“I think this culture is fascinating and I’d definitely recommend my friends come to this,” she said. “I will follow them from this point on.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber

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