The gentle spirit and ethereal beauty of Chinese music
meet the precision and power of the Western symphony orchestra.

Two extraordinary traditions come together in the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Our all-original music draws inspiration from China’s 5,000 years of civilization–with its rich array of dynasties and peoples–and breathes new life into themes and musical styles from ancient times.

A Unique Repertoire of Original Works

Close your eyes and let the melodies of an ancient land carry you away. The delicate, rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. With a sudden shift, thunderous drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where courage and valor shine forth. Shen Yun's unique repertoire draws from a cultural legacy five millennia deep. Its newly composed works revive precious stories and even melodies from the distant past.

The Mystical Udumbara - 2016

A Unique Repertoire of Original Works

Close your eyes and let the melodies of an ancient land carry you away. The delicate, rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. With a sudden shift, thunderous drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where courage and valor shine forth. Shen Yun's unique repertoire draws from a cultural legacy five millennia deep. Its newly composed works revive precious stories and even melodies from the distant past.

The Mystical Udumbara - 2016

Distinctly Classical.
Distinctly Different.

Nowhere else can you hear classical Chinese instruments—such as the ethereal erhu and the piquant pipa—so pleasantly melded with Western strings, woodwinds, and brass. Shen Yun's unique approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, requires remarkable versatility on the part of the performers, imagination on the part of the composers, and rigorous collaboration by all musicians involved. The result is a vivid sound with great emotional range—perfect for musical storytelling.

Nowhere else can you hear classical Chinese instruments—such as the ethereal erhu and the piquant pipa—so pleasantly melded with Western strings, woodwinds, and brass. Shen Yun's unique approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, requires remarkable versatility on the part of the performers, imagination on the part of the composers, and rigorous collaboration by all musicians involved. The result is a vivid sound with great emotional range—perfect for musical storytelling.

Our Story

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was formed in response to the many theatergoers who longed to hear the music of Shen Yun—the phenomenally successful dance production—in concert form. The orchestra is home to an impressive number of internationally accomplished musicians, including award-winners in both the classical Western and Eastern traditions. Since debuting at Carnegie Hall in 2012, it has performed to great acclaim worldwide.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, 2016

Preserving a Lost Vocal Art


A Shen Yun concert isn’t complete without arias by Shen Yun’s award-winning singers uniquely trained in the most traditional form of bel canto. Once prominent in both China and Europe, the method they use is thought to produce the purest and most beautiful sound. Today Shen Yun brings this lost technique to the modern stage.


"A Song from the Ancestors" - 2015- Haolan Geng, Soprano

Preserving
a Lost Vocal Art


A Shen Yun concert isn’t complete without arias by Shen Yun’s award-winning singers uniquely trained in the most traditional form of bel canto. Once prominent in both China and Europe, the method they use is thought to produce the purest and most beautiful sound. Today Shen Yun brings this lost technique to the modern stage.

"A Song from the Ancestors" - 2015- Haolan Geng, Soprano

Program Highlights


This year’s repertoire is a refreshingly diverse and fast-paced experience sure to delight both seasoned concertgoers and those new to classical music. The performance features Shen Yun’s most celebrated original compositions and award-winning singers along with timeless orchestral classics by Dvořák, Suppé, and Tchaikovsky.


SHEN YUN ORIGINAL WORKS
Descent from Heaven – A Renewal
From a golden celestial paradise, deities descend to the Earth, incarnating into the grand imperial court of China’s Han Dynasty.
The Great Khan
A grand and dynamic piece befitting one of history’s most powerful emperors.
Tibetan Drums
Sonorous calls of prayer horns roll down from majestic Himalayan peaks, then the melody quickly evolves into a buoyant celebration.
A Passage in Time
A fairy tale with a touch of romance about a young man’s sojourn in a Taoist abode.

WESTERN CLASSICS
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op. 35, 3rd Movement
A triumph of the unlikely, this concerto overcame the sting of initial rejection by critics to become a beloved work lauded for its lyrical virtuosity.
Suppé Light Cavalry Overture
This overture has enjoyed a career well beyond the operetta it was originally set for, with its main theme having been excerpted widely.
Dvořák Slavonic Dance No. 7, Op. 72
Inspired by Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, this work embodies the cultural vitality of the southern Slavic region.

Program is subject to change.



From the Audience


“Really out of this world!
The words to describe it might
be divine, reborn, and hope.”
—Christine Walevska, master cellist
“I was overwhelmed.
It was beautiful,
it was healing.”
—Elisa Brown, renowned soprano
“Dazzling... Seamlessly
fused Chinese and Western
classical instrumentation.”
—Boston Herald
“Her voice was so ethereal...
Marvelous, powerful soprano.”
—Lee Meriwether & Marshall Borden
“Shen Yun doesn’t come
often enough.”
—Kerry Stratton, conductor, Toronto Concert Orchestra