In celebration of Chinese New Year, the China National Peking Opera Company and Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra will perform a one-night-only concert in Orchestra Hall, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO).
The China National Peking Opera Company will present a dazzling combination of vocal artistry, costumes, and acrobatics in three classic scenes. The Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra will open the concert, performing a program on modern replicas of the ancient imperial bells of China.
China National Peking Opera Company, founded in 1955, is a Beijing-based national ensemble of China. The Company comprises three troupes; of these, Troupe One is lauded for its long-established mastery of both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Hubei Provincial Opera and Dance Drama Theatre is a professional performing arts organization that produces and performs opera, traditional music, dance, and music of the symphonic repertoire. The Theatre consists of an opera troupe, a dance drama troupe, a symphony orchestra (the Hubei Symphony Orchestra), a national orchestra (Hubei Chime Bells National Chinese Orchestra), a production and research institute, an art school, and more. Since a transformation and restructuring in 2011, it is now affiliated with Hubei Provincial Performing Arts Group.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and preconcert activities will take place throughout the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
These include:
- Tai Chi demonstrations (from Michigan Tai Chi Center)
- Chinese martial arts demonstrations (from Anshinkan Dojo)
- A Chinese yo-yo demonstration (from Michigan New Century Chinese School)
- Chinese folk dancing (from American Chinese School of Metro Detroit)
- Chinese paper cutting (from American Chinese School of Metro Detroit)
All tickets are $20 and general admission, with no seating assigned. All preconcert activities are free to ticketholders.
Tickets are available at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).