“Whenever the conductor moved the baton, at once I felt my tears coming out. I don’t know why, it was just like [the baton] was directly touching my heart, you know?” said fashion director of Hua & Wang, Li Shihua, after seeing the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra perform in Taichung, Taiwan.
“Later I felt like I was magically transformed into a fairy, and then I was soaring around inside the notes.”
On Sept. 28, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra premiered at the National Taichung Theater in Taiwan. Although the performance was on a Thursday, it was still packed.
“Many of my friends have seen Shen Yun and listened to its music. They said, ‘This music can only come from heaven.’ It really gave me this kind of feeling, I want to live among this kind of beauty every day,” Li Shihua said.
“I really want to listen [to this music] every day. I really want to go through every day with this music because it makes me think about my role in life. If this music can affect me like this, I hope I can let more people know about it.
“Tonight’s concert was like being in heaven.”
The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is based in New York, but performs around the world.
It combines Eastern and Western instruments in a full orchestra, complemented by performances of opera singers singing bel canto.
It started as accompaniment to the dance performances in Shen Yun Performing Arts. The orchestra has been performing solo since 2012 when it debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Interior designer Lin Weihao traveled with his wife from Hsinchu, about 50 miles away, to come to see the show. It was his first time to hear a combination of Eastern and Western music, and he said it was well worth the trip.
“In the process of moving from the violin and cello [parts] into the Eastern instruments, it was done completely without any pause, it was very smooth. This [performance] was really a pleasant surprise.
“You really have to listen [to this music] live. The kind of feeling you get is really very different from listening to a CD.”
Yeh Hsihung and Chan Yungru from NTD TV contributed to this report.