MusicPerformanceTai Kwun

Prison Yard Festival: Goldberg IlluminationsTai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts

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Performed by
Lighting Design by
2022-12-02 ~ 12-03 ( 7:00 PM )
HKD 250

Tai Kwun’s intimate auditorium the JC Cube is perched above the Prison Yard and adds a remarkable dimension to the concert experience with its wide, architecturally framed window on the yard revealing the austere Prison Wall, the concrete and metal boldness of the galleries, the Victorian arches of D Hall and the leafy treetops of its mini-forest. Tai Kwun’s unexpected and occasionally eccentric collision of historic and contemporary architecture has inspired a completely new look at one of classical music’s landmark compositions.

In tackling JS Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations for the first time, acclaimed Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung has collaborated with the highly creative lighting designer Amy Chan to delve into the complex symmetries, mathematical puzzles, inversions, reversals and mirror images which, at times, make this baroque score look like a book of patterns designed by Escher and borrowed by Rorschach.

Across the vast span of its two arias and 30 variations, the Goldberg Variations will be revealed literally in a new light as two of Hong Kong’s brightest artists devise a completely new concert experience.


J.S. BachGoldberg Variations, BWV 988

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes without intermission


For wheelchair user, please purchase tickets via URBTIX
Latecomers will not be admitted
Recommended for ages 6 and above

Production / Artist
Performed byRachel Cheung
Lighting Design byAmy Chan
Piano SponsorTom Lee Music