NEW YORK—Eugenia Vergara, a healer, felt healed herself as she listened to Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra perform on stage.
"I was very tearful and emotional from the very beginning," said Ms. Vegara after attending the evening concert at David Geffen Hall, the last performance of the season.
"I am here to experience a healing sensation that is physical, emotional, and spiritual," she said, adding that the energy she felt from the orchestra was "so very strong."The New York-based orchestra is the only one in the world to permanently incorporate ancient Chinese instruments into an otherwise familiar classical orchestra.
The highlight of the program were several original compositions written by Shen Yun Performing Arts' in-house composers. Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra draws from the musicians of the eight orchestras that tour globally with Shen Yun's dance groups.
Ms. Vegara said it was an experience she would highly recommend, and looked forward to seeing the full Shen Yun performance this upcoming season.
A Harmonic FeelingIn Chinese, the characters for "medicine" and "music" have the same root. In traditional Chinese culture, music was believed to have therapeutic effects, with certain notes corresponding to certain internal organs.
Thorben Wedderin, a banker, also felt uplifted by the music of Shen Yun.
Jeremy Cohn, marketing executive and lecturer at NYU, said the musicians had been remarkable."I think it's a great intersection between the two cultures," said Mr. Cohn, who attended the performance with his wife Christina Hendershot, and their young daughter, who is studying the violin. "I think music is always the thing that brings people together. I think in a time like this, it's nice to see that cultural view and music bring that true."