Shen Yun Orchestra blends the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western Orchestra.
The Shen Yun orchestra was founded in 2006 in New York. The orchestra uses traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu and pipa combining the with western strings woodwind and brass instruments.
All music is original and draws on 5 millennia of culture and legends.
Shen Yun does not perform in China. The Chinese government has attempted to cancel Shen Yun performances through political pressure via its foreign embassies and consulates.
The uniqueness of the Orchestra has won them international acclaim.
“The Mystical Udumbara” is a poem that was translated by Jennifer Zeng set to music by the Orchestra. T
Udumbara means”sacred flower descending to earth from heaven.”
According to Buddhist scriptures, Udumbara flowers are extremely rare, they only bloom once every three millennia. The blooming of Udumbara marks the appearance of a Buddha to the world.
After thousands of years absorbing the essence of heaven and earth, Udumbara blossoms quietly, a pure and precious signal of a prosperous new era.
The mystical Udumbara is not a dream
Its fragrance penetrates the darkest night
And up into the heavens
There is a sea of Udumbara flowers
Surrounded by countless layers of misty clouds
As pure as jade
Shining with ethereal light
They dance inside the Buddha’s palms
And descend to this world
Responding to the Holy King
Blossoming in different places
According to predestined arrangements
Or suddenly flourishing simultaneously into ten directions
With each flower representing another world
Tens of thousands of worlds rejoice
Luminous like the snow under a full moon
Bright like the dew in deep forests
How they move with a free and easy spirit
Yet blooming only once every three thousand years
Heralding the advent of the King of the Golden Wheel