Music of Shen Yun

    Sounds of the East

    The origins of Chinese music can be dated back to distant antiquity.
    Ancient Chinese instruments share a deep connection with Heaven and Earth. The delicate notes of the plucked pipa evoke a sense of celestial realms. The enchanting sound of the 4,000-year-old erhu mimics the human voice. Leading the melody amidst a full Western orchestra, they create a profound musical experience that resonates deep in the heart.

    2019 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.


    Works range from haunting erhu solos to the grandeur of imperial-style marches and the bucolic charm of folk-inspired melodies.


  • Tchaikovsky: Waltz-Scherzo, Op. 34 

    Tchaikovsky’s Waltz-Scherzo reigns among the most exhilarating and sparkling mainstays of the violin repertoire.

  • Smetana: Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride 

    Smetana’s The Bartered Bride has been hailed as the first great Czech opera. The raucous, exuberant Dance of the Comedians heralds the arrival of a circus troupe in the third act of this popular folk comedy.

  • Gounod: Roméo et Juliette, Act IV, March

    Stately and regal, this wedding march follows the ballet scene in Gounod’s acclaimed opera based on Shakespeare’s tragic romance.

  • Sample the Music

    This year’s Shen Yun original works will be a surprise. Samples from last season:
  • The Creation (from the 2018 season)
    This symphonic poem tells of humankind’s origins and longing for the Creator’s return.
  • Ancient Melody (from the 2018 season)
    An instrument that dates back thousands of years, the erhu can both uniquely convey and evoke a wide range of emotions.
  • Tang Dynasty Training Ground (from the 2018 season)
    This piece accompanies Emperor Taizong as he trains the mighty warriors of the Tang Dynasty.
  • Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 (from the 2018 season)
    One of the most famous pieces for violin, Sarasate’s 1883 composition is known for its fantastic virtuosic acceleration.
  • Lofty Spirits on the Grasslands (from the 2018 season)
    This vigorous piece that takes us straight to the boundless grasslands, home to the Mongolians.
  • Recenzii

    • “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
    • “We certainly felt China’s soul this afternoon!”
      —Carmen Dell'Orefice, model and actress