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Cellists Impressed With Shen Yun's Unique Symphony Orchestra

2019-04-25 15:44
Cellist and music lecturer Julia Goudimova was captivated by the sweet sound flowing from the orchestra pit when she went to see Shen Yun at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington on April 20. "I loved the music. I heard the cello solo there, I heard the other instruments playing. I really enjoyed it and I looked to the orchestra after it finished to see who was performing. I enjoyed seeing the Chinese people as well as Europeans," said Goudimova. Shen Yun has a unique Orchestra which blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra, inspired by five millennia of Chinese culture and legends. "I think it’s [an] absolutely beautiful combination. I think that composers and musicians [are] doing a really good job intermingling this—[the] two worlds [of] West and East. I think we all enjoy this experience as audience members," she added. "I thought the orchestra was very good," said Cellist James Lee from the National Orchestra. "The dancers were amazing. And I love the different techniques they use in different styles, from the folk dancing to the classical dancing, it was very interesting." "I love the Chinese instruments, amazing," he added. "I love the tandem recordings and all the work he's done. It's nice to combine the two, I think it works well." Goudimova is a cello instructor at Washington and Lee University and Southern Virginia University. She was not only impressed with the orchestra but also the storytelling and the way the dancers express themselves. "I think incorporating emotions with ... when you look at [the] dancers, their faces are quite still and very elegant, at the same time you can tell what emotions [are] underneath because of the music and because of the movements of the body," Goudimova said. "When you see art like that it’s inspiring. It looks like they are having a good time and the audience loved it. That’s great," said Lee. NTD News, Washington