Professional Musicians Awed by Shen Yun Orchestra and Soloists
Shen Yun Performing Arts orchestra is distinguished by its seamless combination of classical western and traditional Chinese instruments. The orchestra presents its all-original compositions with beautiful harmony, delivering to audience members a captivating, one-of-a-kind experience.
Shen Yun also features solos by award-winning vocalists and performances with the hauntingly stirring “erhu,” or Chinese violin.
The show was rated a six out of five by Mr. Igudesman, a professional violinist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra who attended Shen Yun’s closing night performance at the Opera House.
“Oh it is absolutely a six—from one to five it is a six,” said Mr. Igudesman. “It gave me a different perspective about Chinese culture and history, Chinese ethnic music, and Chinese dance. It was an enriching experience.”
Shen Yun’s Seattle show left a memorable impression on Jim Creevey, a professional singer who was “especially impressed by the tenor.”
“Even though I don’t know Chinese, his diction was very clear, so I think it made the music entertaining and gave it an emotional impact.”
Mr. Creevey added, “Many times in China people aren’t able to perform or express themselves as they would like, so this gives them an opportunity to do so.”
Singer Edna Cheek, from Monterey County in California, said it was a delight to be in the audience enjoying the breathtaking performance. She described soprano Haolan Geng’s performance as “fabulous,” and said that contralto Jiansheng Yang “was probably the best I have ever heard.”
Geraldine Kroeker, a piano teacher, was deeply moved by the music at the Shen Yun’s Kitchener-Waterloo show.
“I really enjoy it.” Mrs. Kroeker explained, “It moves me, it does something inside. It isn’t just going in one ear and out the other. It’s making me happy or sad . . . bringing out different emotions in me, and that’s what makes music good to me.”
January 9, 2011