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The Imperial Bells of China - Chimes in Concert

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Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt St

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Melbourne, VIC 3006

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A spellbinding sound filled with beauty, romance & solemnity

In a unique display unlike any other orchestral performance, the internationally acclaimed Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra will bring the imperial bells for the spellbinding concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 20 July and Sydney Opera House on 23 July 2017.

Dating back 2400 years, the imperial bells are the 433BC chime bells unearthed in 1978 in the Zenghouyi Tomb in Hubei Province in China. There are sixty-five bells with weight up to 5 tonnes hanging on two sets of wood racks.

The use of the imperial bells creates melodious timbre, a beautiful, hypnotising sound, both romantically and sonorously. Not only does the sound of the bells, filled with an elegant beauty transport you back to thousands of years ago but the bells are visually breathtaking because of their scale, their elaborate cast technique and the way in which they impressively hang on their wooden frames.

Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra is an amalgamation of a large bronze chime bells ensemble and a Chinese Folk orchestra. The orchestra is famous for having composed the masterpiece, Harmony of Eight Tones, which China has recognised as a significant contribution to the heritage of Chinese music.

Immerse yourself in music, cultural and spiritual history and prepare to be amazed by the beautifully crafted imperial bells of China! Do not miss out this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary concert.

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