Shen Yun Orchestra
Shen Yun Orchestra
Falun Dafa Association of Toronto presents
Music from 5,000 years of civilization
Exquisite Chinese instruments meld with a grand Western orchestra in a perfect harmony of East and West. New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends the two musical traditions in what critics call a breakthrough in classical music. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the melodies of soul-stirring ancient Chinese instruments like the plucked pipa and two-stringed erhu.
Part of the renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts classical Chinese dance company that wows sold-out audiences around the world, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra enchants concertgoers with its vast repertoire drawing upon five millennia of Chinese culture along with beloved Western masterpieces.
- Dancing for the Divine
- Sorrow Melts Away
- Emperor Journeys to the Moon
2017 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.
• 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.
One-of-a-kind concert experience includes:
● Original works inspired by 5,000 years of Chinese civilization
● Western classics from composers like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, and more
● Ancient Chinese instruments accentuated by a full Western orchestra
● Award-winning Chinese vocal and instrumental soloists