D.F. / arr. JING XIANA resounding gong calls us to a celestial realm, where divine beings gather in celebration. Answering the call of the Creator, they vow to fulfill a sacred mission on Earth. Triplet figures in the strings and woodwinds accompany their journey as they descend to incarnate in the human world. A dramatic percussion solo brings us to ancient China, the Middle Kingdom, where an imperial procession arrives, replete with vigorous drummers and delicate court dancers. As the emperor presents himself, a reprise of the earlier divine theme reveals his court’s true origins, and a magnificent era begins.