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Festive Drums For A Roaring New Year(澎湃鼓樂迎新春), West Kowloon
Hong Kong

The drum is considered the most important of all Chinese musical instruments, and its history goes back to ancient, or even prehistoric, times. Through millennia of developments, drum music has become a rich musical idiom in Chinese culture.  To welcome the Year of the Snake, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra had presented the first ever outdoor Chinese music concert in the West Kowloon Cultural District on February 17, 2013.

鼓是中國悠久歷史和源遠流長的樂器,被稱為中國樂器之首;鼓文化是一種淵源於遠古,經久流傳,凝聚和沉澱了中國豐富的音樂文化。香港中樂團於2013年2月17日於西九文化區舉行戶外中樂音樂會,以澎湃鼓樂與市民共迎癸巳金蛇年。

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