Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra ‘Very Soothing’: CEO

October 10, 2013 Updated: November 17, 2017

BOSTON—With its masterful blend of ancient Chinese instruments with a full Western symphony orchestra, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra mesmerized an enthusiastic audience at the Boston Symphony Hall on Wednesday evening.

Playing both original scores by Shen Yun’s talented composers, who draw on China’s 5,000 years of history and culture to create their work, as well as masterpieces from the Western classical tradition, the concert left a profound impression on the audience who evidently didn’t want the evening to end.

Tony Bashall, a CEO and co-founder of a number companies, and Jeannie Macgilvray, who works in the hospitality sector, were among the enthralled audience on Wednesday evening.

“Very soothing,” said Mr. Bashall.

Ms. Macgilvray concurred.

“I thought it was absolutely beautiful. I thought the music was stunning,” said Ms. Macgilvray.

“I thought they played in synchrony with absolute perfection, and I just loved hearing music which I don’t tend to hear on the stage with the [other companies’] symphony, and it’s such a pleasure to have them here tonight,” she said.

“It’ very inspirational.”

Up until recently, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, which is part of the internationally-acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts based in New York, could only be heard as an accompaniment to the classical Chinese dance performances presented by Shen Yun. The orchestra this year has embarked on a 7-city tour, putting on concerts ahead of Shen Yun’s 2014 world.

Sue Hartley, a retired teacher from England who also attended the concert, described Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra as “absolutely fabulous.”

“It was just fantastic. I loved it. I loved all of them,” she said.

Reporting by Tim Pi

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