Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Plays to Full House at First Stop in Taiwan

September 22, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Tang En

(Minghui.org) After debuting in Japan, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra headed to Taiwan and kicked off a 12-city, 2-week tour in Taoyuan at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17, 2016.

The orchestra played to a full house despite the tropical storm brought by typhoon Malakas. The concert concluded with thunderous applause and a lengthy standing ovation, with the performers taking nine bows during a curtain call.

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Vocal performance by tenor Tian Ge (left), with conductor Milen Nachev (right)

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Soprano Geng Haolan performs a solo

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Trio of erhu soloists Qi Xiaochun (right), Sun Lu (middle), and Wang Zhen (left)

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Violinist Fiona Zheng plays a solo

Warm Welcome from 24 Taiwanese Elected Officials

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra received recognition and welcome letters from 24 elected officials in Taiwan

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Calligraphy banners from various city mayors. The mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je (upper left), provided a banner that reads “An Artistic Feast”; the mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan (upper right), “Music from the Heavens”; the mayor of Taichung, Lin Chia-lung (lower left), “A Great Success”; and the mayor of Tainan, Lai Ching-te (lower right), “Expression of Beautiful Sounds.”

Mayor of Taoyuan: “A Great Musical Feast”

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Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, at the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert at Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17

“It’s a great musical feast,” said Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, after attending the concert at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17.

“Every piece is very good, ” Mayor Cheng said. He also noted that the Chinese and Western instruments were “combined very well.”

Conductor: “Combination of Creativity and Tradition”

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Mao Pei-rong, conductor of the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra

“The music is touching to people because the melodies have a strong affinity, and people are moved because of it,” said Ms. Mao Pei-rong, conductor for the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra.

From the perspective of a professional musician, Ms. Mao shared, “[The orchestra] has made a stride forward with this combination of creativity and tradition.”

“The music conveys to us how the universe is part of our everyday life,” she said. “And your soul follows it and the melodies stay in your mind, making you feel very comfortable.”

Ms. Mao also expressed her wish to see the symphony orchestra put on more performances in Taiwan, for it would “purify people’s hearts” and “make changes in society.”

This is the Remedy for the 21st Century

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Chuang Hsiu-mei, Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan

“The music of Shen Yun has very deep philosophical meanings. This kind of music can be felt directly by the heart. It can touch and target one’s heart without much explanation,” said Chuang Hsiu-mei, the Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan.

“This is the remedy for the 21st century,” she said of the traditional values that Shen Yun presents, such as being in harmony with nature.

It Has Opened Up My Entire Body and Soul

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Li Shih-ying, President of Science City Community University in Hsinchu

“I could feel the grand atmosphere and the beauty of blending Chinese and Western instruments,” said Li Shih-ying, President of the Science City Community University in Hsinchu.

“When I closed my eyes to enjoy it, it really felt like heaven,” Ms. Li shared her feelings. “I could say that it has opened up my entire body and soul.”

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will continue their Taiwan tour with performances in Keelung on September 21, Yilan on September 22, Tainan on September 24, and Yunlin on September 26. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit ShenYun.com/symphony.

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Debuts 2016 Asia Tour in Tokyo, Japan

September 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra began its 2016 concert tour by presenting its unique blend of East and West to a full-house audience in Tokyo Japan, on the afternoon of September 15.

As part of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra has toured North America each autumn since 2012. This year it will perform in 13 cities in Japan and Taiwan in addition to the North American stops on the tour.

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debuts its Asia Tour at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with a matinee performance on September 15, 2016.

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Violinist Fiona Zheng performs a solo piece.

Radio Station Host: “Extraordinarily Touched”

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Radio station host Miyosa Takahashi.

Radio station host Ms. Miyosa Takahashi said, “I felt extraordinarily touched… from the top of my head all the way to my toes.”

“I felt uplifted and embraced by a powerful energy,” Ms. Takahashi said. She said the music was “combined perfectly” and “really wonderful.”

She also commented on the dedication of the performers, “They were so immersed in their performance that they seemed to become part of the musical instruments.”

Stage Producer: “Grand” and “Unique”

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Stage producer Hatsune Miku

Stage producer Hatsune Miku commented, “Very unique… It is hard to find music this good.”

“Very grand and refreshing,” Ms. Miku said. “The entire music seemed to be looking down from above. It is at a high level and flying in the sky.”

She also shared her inspiration, “Classical music and traditional culture must be preserved. It is our responsibility to save something this excellent for future generations.”

“Refreshing” and “Exquisite”

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Takao Toda, director general of Human Development Department at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA)

Dr. Takao Toda, director general of the Human Development Department of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) said of the performance, “The grace of the East was accentuated by the magnificent power of the Western instruments. It is indeed simply exquisite.”

“Never did I imagine that such distinct Eastern and Western melodies could be performed by the same musicians,” Dr. Toda said of Shen Yun’s combination of East and West. “I am truly amazed at their high level of professionalism.”

“It was truly a refreshing experience!” he stressed.

“Magnificent” and “Powerful”

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Isao Yoshikawa, an author and the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association.

Mr. Isao Yoshikawa, the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association, remarked, “The blend of Chinese and Western instruments was very magnificent and powerful.”

He especially enjoyed the piece performed on the erhu instrument, which he thought was “clear,” “powerful,” and “beautiful.”

“It is hard for the Japanese to have the chance to enjoy music like this. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it to my friends,” Mr. Yoshikawa said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will next be performing 16 concerts in 12 cities in Taiwan on September 17 through October 3.

Website: ShenYun.com/symphony

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Shen Yun’s Sold-out Shows in Southern California Impress Entertainment Moguls

May 08, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents

(Minghui.org) The New York Company of Shen Yun Performing Arts presented 31 sold-out shows to eight major cities in southern California on March 19 to April 30, 2016. This special occasion attracted many moguls from the entertainment industry, who appreciated both the artistic and cultural elements displayed in the performance.

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The New York Company of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA on March 20, 2016.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts at the The Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA on March 22.

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Curtain call at the Bridges Auditorium-Pomona College in Claremont, CA on April 9.

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Shen Yun performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA on April 13.

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Curtain call at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA on April 20.

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The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on April 24.

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The Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, CA on April 28.

Academy Award-Winning Producer: “It Takes You Away”

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Michael Phillips, Academy Award-winning film producer, and his wife Juliana Maio, an entertainment lawyer and novelist, at the performance in Los Angeles on April 24.

“It’s very magical. It takes you away,” said Michael Phillips, Academy Award-winning film producer, after seeing the performance in Los Angeles with his wife Juliana on April 24.

“I’m just impressed with the artistry and the agility of the dancers… It’s all really a great experience,” said Mr. Phillips.

“It’s ancient; it’s modern—It’s really beautiful,” he added.

Academy Award-Winning Actor: “Lovely Spectacle”

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George Chakiris (left), Academy award-winning actor, with actor Richard Tanner at the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“Lovely spectacle…Very beautiful to see,” said Academy award-winning actor George Chakiris, after seeing the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“I can imagine they have a very, very long rehearsal process to be so good in synchronizing with each other, coordinating in their movement. It’s very beautiful,” he said.

Three-Time Emmy-Winning Actress: “It Was As If They Were On Air”

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Jean Smart, three-time Emmy-winning actress, at the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“The discipline it takes is indescribable,” said Jean Smart, three-time Emmy-winning actress. “It was as if they were on air.”

“This part of the culture is important to maintain, so that people can see it,” Ms. Smart added.

Emmy Award-Winning Producer: “An Ancient Wisdom”

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Craig Huxley, Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award nominee musician, producer, and former child actor, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on April 24.

“I’m glad to see that the traditional values are being supported here, an ancient wisdom,” said Craig Huxley, Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award nominee musician and producer.

He was especially touched by the performance of the two-stringed erhu, which he described as “so evocative of an ancient time.”

Film Actor: “Startling and Breathtaking”

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Film actor and producer William Baldwin, also third of the Baldwin brothers, with daughter Brooke (left) and two of her friends at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“Startling and breathtaking… It just was a lot of grace in the performance tonight,” said film actor and producer William Baldwin, who brought his daughter Brooke and friends to see the performance in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“I love the historic and cultural things that [Shen Yun is] is sharing with us here,” Mr. Baldwin said.

“We haven’t had quite an experience like that in all the years that I’ve lived here. I’ve lived here almost ten years now, so it was special for us,” he added.

Entertainment Executive: “Very Educational as Well as Cultural”

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Michael Solomon, a president of international television at Warner Bros, with his wife Luciana Paluzzi, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on April 24.

“It was really very exciting… This was very educational as well as cultural,” said entertainment executive Michael Solomon, currently a president of international television at Warner Bros, after seeing the show in Los Angeles on April 24.

“The dancers were magnificent. They were just beautiful,” he said.

Producer Family: “What the World Needs Today”

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Makeup artist and film producer Kimber Eastwood (left), also the daughter of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, with mother Roxanne Tunis, an actress and dancer, and husband Shawn Midkiff, an actor and producer, at the performance in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“Uplifting and spiritual… What the world needs today,” said makeup artist and film producer Kimber Eastwood, the daughter of legendary actor Clint Eastwood. She attended the performance in Santa Barbara with her mother Roxanne Tunis, an actress and dancer, and husband Shawn Midkiff, an actor and producer.

Mr. Midkiff was impressed by the music, “The music was wonderful. The singers were amazing… The two-string instrument [the erhu] was incredible.”

“The costumes are just unbelievable, absolutely fabulous. The dancers are great. I am overwhelmed. The show is spectacular,” said Ms. Tunis, whose 86th birthday was celebrated through this occasion.

Shen Yun will continue its World Tour with performances in Pittsburgh, PA, May 10-11; Ottawa, Canada, May 8; Hamilton, Canada, May 10-11; and Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-8. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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