Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Program & Schedule

Program & Schedule


  • “The orchestra is phenomenal. They are very, very on top! I found myself listening inside the orchestra to different instruments that were new to me. Very interesting and brought a lot of character to the score.”
    —Roger Tallman, seven-time Emmy Award–winning composer
  • “A different sensuality and a power of expression... It comes from the heart and it goes to the heart.”
    —Bogdan Zvoristeanu, Concertmaster of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • “It was moving, it was satisfying, it was novel, it was unpredictable. It was a completely satisfying artistic experience from every standpoint.”
    —Loreen Arbus, former executive for Showtime and Lifetime
  • “We certainly felt China’s soul this afternoon!”
    —Carmen Dell'Orefice, model and actress

2016 Program Highlights:

  • This year’s concert program includes 15 selections, consisting mostly of original Shen Yun compositions, as well as several classical masterpieces and instrumental and vocal solo performances. Here are a few examples:
  • Poets of the Orchid Pavilion, by Jing Xian, tells an ancient story of a group of friends who trek deep in the mountains. Sharing wine and reflecting on the meaning of life, they compose epic verse in beautiful calligraphy, capturing something timeless about the human experience.
  • The Mystical Udumbara, by Gao Yuan, relates the legend of a sacred flower. According to Buddhist scripture, the udumbara blooms but once every three thousand years—when the Holy King Who Turns the Wheel arrives. In recent years, this magical flower has been sighted around the world, inspiring this composition.
  • Drums of the Grasslands, by D.F., is the lively composition that accompanied one of the most energetic dances from Shen Yun’s 2016 dance tour. It whisks us off to vast, boundless grasslands, where young Mongolians emerge from their yurts to welcome us with a swaggering drum dance.
  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, by Camille Saint-Saëns, is a popular showpiece that premiered in Paris in 1867 with the French composer himself conducting. Known for its short and rapidly animated passages, Spanish flair, and reflective melody, its performance is now a classic hallmark of violin virtuosity.
  • And much, much more.
Program is subject to change.