Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra ‘Most Enjoyable Interplay of Oriental and Western’ Music

October 22, 2016 3:04 am Last Updated: October 22, 2016 3:06 am

BOSTON—On the evening of Oct. 21, at the Boston Symphony Hall, classical recording engineer, Robert Vogt, described what he experienced as “the most enjoyable interplay of oriental and Western classical music.”

Mr. Vogt, who’s also on the board of overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, attended a concert performed by Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening. This was the orchestra’s third concert in North America this season after performing in twelve cities across Asia from Sept. 15 through Oct. 3.

According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends.”

Having been drawn into classical music many years ago by the feeling that there was a divine connection to this art form, Mr. Vogt deeply felt this through the Chinese influence within the music of the concert.

“I think it brings the mind to a higher plane of understanding and appreciation of the human involvement in the culture and in the spiritual qualities contained in [the] music,” he said. And this spiritual quality, he explained, is “something higher than you experience in daily life.”

“It philosophically enriches the heart, the mind, and the spirit,” he said, “… and the beauty of the sound, it’s all together, very very enjoyable and enlightening.”

Steve Whalen attends Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra's concert at the Boston Symphony Hall, on Oct. 21, 2016. (Sophia Cheng/Epoch Times)
Steve Whalen attends Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the Boston Symphony Hall, on Oct. 21, 2016. (Sophia Cheng/Epoch Times)

Steve Whalen, owner of City Realty Group, also attended the evening’s concert. He praised the integration of traditional Eastern instruments into the orchestra and said the two musical traditions blended well.

He was particularly impressed by the vocalists and referred to the tenor’s voice as “so powerful.” Mr. Whalen added that he is already looking forward to attending another performance by Shen Yun.

Feelings of sadness, melancholy, and just a range of emotions struck Mr. Whalen as he enjoyed the concert.

A Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert, Mr. Wahlen said, is an experience that is not to be missed. “It is a very fresh take on a nice mix of Eastern and Western music [that] blend very well,” he said.

Reporting by Sophia Zheng, Hua Chang, and Andrew Darin

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.