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FEBRUARY 27

Space-synth composer Tomita has said that the Kodo Drummers of Japan “succeeded in expressing the universe.” If the big bang theory is correct, then so is Tomita. Certainly the 900-poundO-daiko drum packs a concussive wallop, but the ancient instrument’s sound is more than empty thunder. Tradition propels the 19-member troupe through its percussive frenzy—a pace each musician maintains by rigid exercise and practice on a remote island. Performances include dance and mime, as well as cameos by other noisemakers, including bamboo xylophones and flutes, gongs, and clackers. “Kodo” means both “heartbeat” and “children of the drum,” and these kids boogie to a primordial beat. At 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $22.50-35.00. (202) 467-4600. (Dave Nuttycombe)