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2011.4.21 TICKET

Apr 21,2011
The Korea National Ballet presents “Prince Hodong,” a traditional tale that is similar in plot to “Romeo and Juliet,” from Friday to Sunday at the Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Theater. See THEATER, below. Provided by Korea National Ballet

MUSIC


W PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: The W Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Kim Nam-yun, presents its 39th regular concert. The program includes pieces such as Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Piotr llyich Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini: Symphonic Fantasy after Dante.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 22,000 won to 55,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3442-4285, www.sac.or.kr


2011 UNSUK CHIN’S ARS NOVA SERIES II

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: Korean classical music composer and cellist Unsuk Chin has her first concert in Korea. Chin, who is based in Berlin, was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in 2004 and the Arnold Schonberg Prize in 2005. The program includes the Korean premiere of her Cello Concerto.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 541-2512, www.sac.or.kr


CLASSIC CAFE WITH JANG II-BEOM

Hoam Art Hall

Saturday: Enjoy classical music with KBS 1FM music critic Jang Il-beom, who presents pieces that represent Paris in the 1830’s. He is joined by pianist Jo Jae-hyeok, violinist Kim Gyeong-a, cellist Lee Gang-ho, soprano Gang Hye-jeong and tenor Pak Hyeon-jae.

The performance will be divided into two parts, with pieces by one to two composers performed in each half. The first half features Chopin and the second features the music of Shubert and Liszt.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are 30,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
(02) 751-9607~10, www.hoamarthall.org


SEOUL NATIONAL POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA: THE CROSSOVER CONCERT

The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

Sunday: Popular songs from pop, classical and musical theater are on the program for this concert, organized by the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra and featuring its Seoul Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Featured performers include violinist Eugene Park, pop/jazz singer Baily Shoo and saxophonist Park Gwang-sig.

The program includes music from movies like “Titanic,” and “Mission”; songs from the musicals “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Lion King”; and well-known arias from popular operas, including “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot” and “Toreador” from “Carmen.”

The concert starts at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 576-3332, www.ntok.go.kr or www.snomusic.com


ANGELA GHEORGHIU

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

April 27: Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu - two-time winner of the Female Artist of the Year award at the Classical Brit Awards in 2001 and 2010 - will hold her first concert in Korea.

She is joined by tenor Marius Brenciu and conductor Ion Marin.

Gheorghiu will be singing pieces such as “ Ebben? Ne andro lontana” from Catalini’s “La Wally” and “Un Bel Di, Vedremo” from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”

The program also includes duets such as “O Soave Fanciulla” from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and “Muzica” by George Grigoriu.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 220,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 541-2512, www.sac.or.kr


NIELS LAN DOKY TRIO

Hoam Art Hall

April 28: Danish jazz pianist and record producer Niels Lan Doky is coming to Korea to promote his latest album, “Return to Denmark,”
that was released in March last year.

Born to a Danish mother and Vietnamese father, Doky began playing guitar when he was seven and piano at 12. He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Thad Jones, Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw, among others.

“Return to Denmark,” Doky’s latest record with American Jazz pianist, Duke Jordan, has been particularly popular among Koreans.

The concert programs includes hits from his latest album - “Farewell Song” and “Return to Denmark,” as well as songs from previous albums.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
(02) 751-9607~10, www.hoamarthall.org


DONG-MIN LIM RECITAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

April 30: Lim Dong-Min is a classical pianist who has won numerous awards from well-known competitions. He won the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow at the age of 16 and in 2005 he tied for first at the 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

At this recital, he will be playing pieces such as Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 55, No. 2, and Barcarole in F sharp Major, Op. 60, as well as Musorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 80,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr



THEATER


PRINCE HODONG

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Friday to Sunday: The Korea National Ballet presents a ballet based on the Korean version of the traditional Romeo and Juliet story, “Prince Hodong.” The story, set in the Goguryeo Dynasty, follows a plot similar to the Shakespearean play and draws on themes such as patriotism, war, love, betrayal and death. The ballet had its world premiere in 2009. Dancers alternate in the leading roles of Princess Nakrang and Prince Hodong.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 5,000 won to 80,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


MONTE CRISTO

Chungmu Art Hall

To Sunday: “Monte Cristo” is a musical retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The story follows Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who is wrongfully arrested during his engagement party for being a traitor to his country.

To carry out his plan for revenge, Dantes transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo.

This version features music by Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll and Hyde” and “Tears of Heaven”).

Ryu Jeong-han, Eom Ki-jun and Shin Seong-rok will alternate in the role of Edmond Dantes and Cha Ji-yeon will play Dantes’ fiancee Mercedes.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
(02) 1544-1555 or visit www.musicalmonte.com


COPPELIA

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

April 30 to May 8: The Korea National Ballet presents “Coppelia,” a French sentimental comic ballet

This story revolves around a mysterious inventor named Dr. Coppelius, who has created a life-sized doll named Coppelia. The doll is so lifelike that she attracts the attention of a town bachelor, Frantz, who is soon to be wed but tries to woo Coppelia instead. When Frantz’s fiancee see him courting Coppelia, she dresses up as the doll to show him just how silly his ambitions are.

The dance was choreographed by James Jeon, who was the artistic director of the Seoul Ballet Theater for 10 years.

The performance is April 30 at 5:30 p.m., May 1 at 2 and 5:30 p.m., May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., May 5 at 2 and 5:30 p.m., May 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. There is no performance on May 2.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 587-6181, www.sac.or.kr


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Jamsil Sports Complex Square

To May 29: Cirque du Soleil returns to Korea for the first time in three years with a new production, “Varekei,” which is based on the Greek myth of Icarus. To tell the tale, the world-renowned troupe employs spectacular costumes, intricate sets, a multi-layered soundscape and its usual high flying mixture of circus tricks and acrobatic choreography.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 220,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7
1544-1555 or http://ticket.interpark.com,
http://cirquedusoleil.co.kr


JEKYLL AND HYDE

Charlotte Theater

To Aug. 15: The first Korean-language performance of “Jekyll and Hyde” was in 2004. Since then, it has been a favorite with Korean audiences. Cho Seung-woo and three other actors alternate in the title role.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays (excluding Monday), at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3
(02) 1588-5212, www.jekyllnhyde.co.kr



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


CHAMBER CONCERT

The National Theater of Korea, Studio Byeol

Tomorrow: The National Orchestra of Korea presents traditional and modern songs of love played by three traditional instrumentalists: haegeum (fiddle) player Byeon Aye-ong, piri (oboe) player Kang Ju-hui, and dageum (flute) player Pak Gyeong-min.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are 20,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr


AN SUR-YEON

The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

Saturday: An Sur-yeon is a haegeum (fiddle) player and singer who is a member of the National Orchestra of Korea. She will perform hits such as “My Heart is Azure,” “Czardas” and “Amazing Grace.”

The performance starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr



FESTIVALS


VISUAL ART CREATIVE FESTIVAL

Dream Forest Arts Center

To Aug. 31: The Dream Forest Arts Center presents its second festival, which is organized into four parts that follow the themes of family, rest, romance and art.

The first part, “Forest of Secrets,” displays 17 creative pieces. The second part, “Animal Outing,” displays eight pieces about animals. The third part is called “Visionary Experiment” and displays 10 pieces influenced by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

The last part is “Venice Glass Fantasia” and shows 60 pieces of glass art by artists Schiavon and Pino Signoretto.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Admission is free.
Miasamgeori Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 2289-5401, www.dfac.or.kr


*Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other sources.



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