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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

  • REVIEW

  • 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”.

  • REVIEW

    “The integration is beautifully presented with just the simplest elements in right portion, nothing redundant. The audience experiences a sense of instantaneous metaphysical serenity and epistemological reality. In the presentation, Bach’s music and the Heart Sutra worked at its best – music as pure music beyond its sound and Heart Sutra as reality beyond its text. No longer did the intellectual “understanding” of the music nor the “interpretation” of the text distracts us from true appreciation and experience. The two compliments each other unexpectedly.

    Both Bach’s music and the Heart Sutra speak of the truth. If this setting offers the correct conditions for a better experience of the truth; I wonder, is it when human beings are freed from all conditions we come to realization of the truth?” KJ Wong (2009)

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 Team

  • Sponsor

  • Remarks

  • Introduction

    Form is Emptiness Emptiness is Form KJ Wong in piano spiritual-solo Mindfulness Beach Piano

    “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.

    KJ Wong plays First Lessons in Bach 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 Team

    Pianist︰KJ Wong
    Music DirectorYu Yat-yiu @PMPS
    Visual & Creative Designer:Mathias Woo

     

  • 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.