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Life Insight Theatre Series

First Lessons in Heart Sutra

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Life Insight Theatre Series

First Lessons in Heart Sutra

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • About Bach

  • PROGRAMME

  • VIDEO

  • About Bach

    Fondly known as the Father of Music, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is highly esteemed in the history of western music. He was firmly devoted to his religious beliefs throughout his entire life, dedicating his music wholeheartedly to God. His works are known to be sacred, solemn and constructed on an academic basis, embracing all forms of expression and opening up new and wide dimensions for later generations to develop. His influence on later composers was immense. Revered as one of the greatest composers in history, Bach’s music is categorised as “Pure Music”.

  • PROGRAMME

    1. Wisdom
    J.S. Bach Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

    2. Pure
    J.S. Bach French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816

    3. Growth
    J.S. Bach Minuet in G major & Fugue in D major, BWV 874

    4. Silence
    Scarlatti Sonata in A major, K208

    5. Movement
    J.S. Bach English Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807

    6. Mind
    J.S. Bach Adagio from Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564

    7. Reality
    J.S. Bach Air on the G String (arr. A. Siloti)

    8. Epiphany
    J.S. Bach Partita No.4 in D Major, BWV 828

    9. Pureness
    J.S. Bach Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

     

     

  • VIDEO

    Mathias Woo ╳ KJ Wong “First Lessons in Heart Sutra” Dialogue

    “First Lessons in Heart Sutra” Trailer 1

    “First Lessons in Heart Sutra” Trailer 2

    “First Lessons in Heart Sutra” Trailer 3

Life Insight Theatre Series

First Lessons in Heart Sutra

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

15

Sep

8:15PM

15 Sep

8:15PM
$280,$180 $100 (Full-time students)
  • $280
  • $180
Seating Plan
  • Introduction

  • Creative and Production Team

  • Sponsor

  • Remarks

  • Introduction

    “The power exhibited was intense when KJ Wong’s fingers touched the keys.” Arts and Cultural Commentator “What we can feel with the musicality of KJ Wong’s entirety is the vicissitude and sentiments of life.” Liu Hui-jun, Writer

    The performance of First Lessons in Heart Sutra held at Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, at 8:15pm today will take place as scheduled. See you!

     

    Form is Emptiness

    Emptiness is Form

    KJ Wong in piano spiritual-solo

    Mindful interaction with music and image

    “Open your heart to music’s infinitude” ~ KJ Wong

    The famous line Form is Emptiness; Emptiness is Form comes from the Heart Sutra. The full Sanskrit title Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya conveys the meaning of “transcending life cycles of birth and death, and attaining the liberating wisdom of non-arising and non-ceasing”. Only 260 words in total, this ancient treasured text encapsulates the deepest wisdom of Mahayana Buddhism and is the most translated and most frequently recited text.

    From his first encounter with First Lessons in Bach to adept performances of Bach’s music, KJ Wong plays as if engaging in the traditional hand-copying of the Heart Sutra, highly absorbed in mindfulness through the doors of eyes, ears, hands and mind, practising skills as well as transcending them on each key, at each step. With emotions guided by the interaction between music and image, the celebrated piece that is well-practised by every piano learner will take us into the realm where Emptiness meets Sound.

  • Creative and Production Team

    Pianist︰KJ Wong
    Music DirectorYu Yat-yiu @PMPS
    Visual and Creative Director:Mathias Woo
    Performer: David Yeung

    “Heart Sutra” Calligraphy by Ba Da Shan Ran

     

    Lighting Designer: Zoe Cheung
    Sound Designer: Candong Ha
    Creative Coordinators: Cedric Chan, Charmaine Cheng
    Video Designer: Mathias Woo
    Video Production & editing: Wing Chan

    Production & Stage Manager: Chow Chun-yin
    Deputy Stage Manager: Zeta Chan
    Video Operator: Johnny Sze
    Assistant Stage Manager: Chan On-ki
    Stage Crews: Ray Chan, Chim Man-lung, Keung Cheuk-chung, Tse Man-kue

    Modeling and Graphics: Lai Tat Wing, Rachel Chak
    Photographer: Johnny Au
    Promotional Video: Wild Lin
    Graphic Design Assistant: Coco Cheung

    Translation: Vicky Leong, Moyung Yuk Lin

     

    【Acknowledgements】
    Dr .Tsui Chung-hui
    Ernest Fung
    6 Senses Lifestyle
    Buddhist Compassion
    GMC Music
    Maison ANT Nouveau
    Tung Lin Kok Yuen

  • Sponsor


    www.lalique.com

  • Remarks

    ・Performed in Cantonese
    ・Running time approximately 70 minutes with no intermission
    ・No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance.
    ・Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.