Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Mt. St. Joseph University Theater 
5701 Delhi Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45233

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Leo Chan 
Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce 

Imperial Bells Performance 201909 

In the summer of 1978, archaeologists discovered a 2,400 year old tomb in China's central Hubei Province. Among nearly 10,000 other relics, it contained a vast array of musical instruments. A fully intact set of 64 bianzhong-chime bells was the most prominent of the musical treasures. The ancient bells were delicately inlaid in gold with intricate dragons and inscriptions documenting a surprisingly sophisticated music theory for ancient orchestras over 2,000 years ago. These amazing findings ultimately inspired The Imperial Bells of China, a unique program of music and song revolving around the bianzhong-chime bells, created and performed by the Hubei Song and Dance Ensemble.

Formally established in 1959, the Hubei Song and Dance Ensemble plays painstakingly crafted reproductions of the many rare instruments found in the tomb of Marquis Yi. The group's primary aim is to collect, study, and perform the folk music and dances of the Hubei Province. Extensive research in musical traditions of remote regions of China has led to the creation of a number of fascinating new works. Now, decades later, the ensemble continues to contribute to the development of performing arts which have a rich national flavor as well as a distinctive regional color. The Hubei Song and Dance Ensemble trains members on its special instruments and has over 200 members, including leading performers selected throughout China.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary Hubei/Ohio sister relation as the Hubei Song and Dance Ensemble plays painstakingly crafted reproductions of the imperial bells.