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In a unique display unlike any other orchestral performance, the internationally acclaimed Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra brings The Imperial Bells of China – Chimes in Concert to Australia.
Together with Bianqing (stone-chime) and other ancient instruments, like se, chi, drum and banjo, chime bells are the earliest twelve-tone equal temperament instruments in the world and have major cultural and historical values.
Led by the conductor Zhou Wen, over 40 talented musicians will play a series of famous Chinese music at the concerts. The use of the precise replicas of these ancient Chinese bells creates an authentic melodious timbre sound. The grand occasion of the Chinese palace symphony orchestra will be recreated and the ancient Jingchu people’s artistic lifestyle will be reproduced on stage.
Not only is the sound of the bells filled with romantic and sonorous melodies but they are also visually breathtaking due to their grand scale and elaborate cast technique. The Imperial of China represents a ritual in China’s outbound cultural exchanges, it has been performed in front of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Egyptian Present Abdel Fattah, the king and queen of Belgium and many more during the official visits and all across 57 countries and regions for more than 1000 times.
"The most spectacular pageantry"
- New York Times