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Jigu! Thunder Drums of China perform Nov. 14 at North Central

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

Sept. 21, 2010—Powerful percussive beats, high-tech lighting and dramatic special effects will thrill audience members when Jigu! Thunder Drums of China performs Nov. 14 at North Central College.

Jigu! Thunder Drums of China has been enchanting audiences for nearly two decades in many countries throughout the world. This world-renowned company of drummers, percussionists and musicians stops in Naperville as part of the troupe’s fourth North American tour.

The performance will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

In Chinese, “jigu” means “to beat or touch the drum”—which is what these performers do best. Their passion and vigor for drumming doesn’t fall far away from their roots in the Shanxi Province of China, where the fine art of drumming expresses China’s rich and historic culture.

In China, drumming and percussive arts are passed down from generation to generation, and ancient drumming tradition can be traced back many centuries to the ancient city of Jiangzhou. The old city of Jiangzhou was the home to Emperor Li Shimin and his celebrated percussion orchestra. Archeological evidence shows that some of the earliest Chinese percussion music is rooted in the Shanxi region.

The drummers, percussionists and musicians in Jigu! Thunder Drums of China range in age from 16 to 30, and their youthful exuberance shines in every performance. Conceived by the producers of the Peking Acrobats, this performance will captivate audiences of all ages. The Rochester City News in New York says, “Jigu’s! virtuosic command of style and technique tells wordless tales of man and nature, war and peace, love and delight—all through an imaginative fusion of music, movement, color and costume!”

Jigu! Thunder Drums of China has won numerous awards including the 1992 Chinese Folk Competitions for Percussion and Drums Performers and Gold Medalist at the 2004 National Star Awards in China, given for excellence in their fields of drumming and percussive performance. The troupe performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council and construction materials maker USG Corporation is an underwriting sponsor.