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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center for the fourth time.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra invites you on an astonishing musical journey 5,000 years in the making. Reviving Eastern musical traditions through a grand symphony orchestra, this is an experience like no other. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa.

Shen Yun’s all-original music will transport you from ancient battlefields to the blossom-filled gardens of the imperial court. Hear the divine inspiration behind one of the world’s greatest civilizations.

The Music of Shen Yun

  • •  All-original works 5,000 years in the making
  • •  Reviving Chinese musical traditions through a grand symphony orchestra
  • •  Perfect blend of Eastern and Western musical instruments
  • •  Award-winning bel canto singers and Chinese instrumental soloists
  • •  Classical masterpieces by Dvořák, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns

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:
  • 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.