The Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra, with support from the Institute for Chinese Studies, will present The Imperial Bells of China – Chimes in Concert on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center (77 S High Street, Columbus, OH 43215). Ancient musical instruments that will be featured are replicas of the cultural relics that were unearthed in 1978 at the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng State. Included are chimes, stone chimes, ocarinas, ancient music pipes, etc.
The “Imperial Bells of China” is a cultural exchange event that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the sister relationship between the state of Ohio and the province of Hubei in China. In establishing that sister relationship 40 years ago in 1979, Ohio earns the distinction of being the first state in the U.S. to form such a relationship with a counterpart in China.
This event, co-sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies at The Ohio State University, is an invitation-only event. A small number of tickets are available to OSU faculty, students and staff who are affiliated with the East Asian Studies Center. The tickets are free and will be given out through a lucky draw. For interested souls, please fill out the form below.
Deadline for submission: Sunday, 15 September 2019, 11:59 PM EST.
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For more information on the ancient set of 64 bells and other musical instruments from this 5th century BCE tomb, see, for example, the New York Times 1994 article, “Bells of Bronze Age Show the Complexity Of Old China’s Music.”