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Tomorrow: “Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc in Korea.” The angelic French children’s choir, famous for their appearance in the 2004 film “The Chorus,” will be performing in Seoul Thursday evening.

Founded in 1986, Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, “Little Singers of Saint Marc”, is a children’s choir that receives special training.

The group sprang to prominence after they provided the soundtrack for the 2004 film “Les Choristes.”

The young singers’ repertoire ranges from hymns to classical and contemporary music. At tomorrow’s concert, they will also perform music for Korean fans such as “Onara,” the theme song for the hit 2003 MBC drama “Daejanggeum (Jewel in the Palace)”.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won ($14.82) to 50,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 523-5391, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Sunday: “The Beautiful Singer-Songwriter Series: Raul Midon.” The Sejong Center’s series of local and international singer-songwriters brings the talented singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon to Korea.

Based in New York, Midon is commonly referred to as the next Stevie Wonder. The singer-songwriter was blinded when he was an infant, but he found a new set of eyes through his music.

His unique musical style is said to reflect traces of many genres including jazz, blues, R&B, soul, flamenco, Latin and folk.

This is the musician’s second visit to Korea, after his successful concert in March last year.

Midon, who has worked with popular recording artists such as Herbie Hancock and Jason Mraz, will be singing some of his hit songs like “State of Mind” and many favorites from his most recent album, “A World Within a World.”

The concert begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets for all seats cost 77,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 563-7110, www.privatecurve.com


Sunday: “Joshua Redman Trio.” This jazz band led by Grammy-nominated artist Joshua Redman is visiting Korea this week.

Saxophonist Redman, who has long been the darling of jazz critics, is known as a creative and innovative musician who plays a variety of jazz styles including bebop and blues.

For this weekend’s concert, he will be joined on stage by bassist Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

The trio will be performing hit songs from Redman’s latest album “Compass,” such as “Faraway” and “Through the Valley,” as well as songs from earlier albums.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


Tuesday to Wednesday: “Fourplay: Energy.” The American smooth jazz group is back in Korea after their successful sold-out concert three years ago.

On this occasion, the Grammy-nominated band will perform a two-hour concert with songs from their latest album “Energy,” which was released last year.

The Billboard chart-topping jazz quartet has been able to enjoy commercial success by fusing elements of R&B and pop into their music. They are best known for their 1991 debut album “Fourplay” and the influential “Between the Sheets” and “Elixir.”

The quartet, which has frequently expressed their love for Korea, consists of Bob James (keyboard), Larry Carlton (guitar), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (drums).

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 80,000 won to 120,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 720-8500, www.lgart.com



Today and tomorrow: “Dance Musical - 15 Minutes, 23 Seconds.” A mixture of traditional and modern dance adds excitement to this musical based on a true dramatic event.

A day before a new production is set to open, an accident occurs during the final rehearsal, throwing the entire production into disarray, and “15 minutes, 23 seconds,” shows just what is going on backstage. It has a simple plot that focuses on the conflicts, tensions and sacrifices of the many people working behind the scenes at a theater.

The story is based on events that transpired at the Seoul Performing Arts Company in 1992. A day before the play “Dreaming Railroad Train” was to open, the stage collapsed and left 20 people injured.

In this musical they have to decide whether they will cancel the performance or whether the show will go on, despite the actors being confined to wheelchairs.

The show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 501-7888, www.lgart.com


Friday to Sunday: “Ballet La Bayadere.” This ballet performance follows the dramatic story of a young temple dancer that takes place, not in the usual European setting, but in India.

It tells the tale of Nikia, a young temple dancer who falls in love with Solor, a warrior serving the local rajah.

The plot becomes complicated as the jealous Brahmin at the temple conspires to kill Nikia.

The performance was created in 1877 by the famous dancer Marius Petipa, who was attracted to the charms of Eastern culture.

The large-scale performance with 150 dancers on stage is being produced by the Universal Ballet company.

The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 580-1301, or visit www.sac.or.kr

63 BUILDING, 63 City

From Saturday: “Corea Rhapsody.” This local non-verbal show will provide a fresh take on Shakespeare, with “Romeo and Juliet” being staged in a traditional Korean style.

This lightly comical version of Shakespeare’s tragedy features a soundtrack of exciting percussion music, colorful costumes and spectacular choreography that transform this familiar tale into something quite original.

Shows start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets are 50,000 won.

Daebang Station, line No. 1, exit 6; Yeouinaru Station, line No. 5, exit 4; or Yeouido Station, line No. 5, exit 5

(02) 789-5663,



Sunday: “World Star Gala.” Some of the world’s biggest names in dance are coming to Korea to perform as part of the Seongnam International Dance Festival,

At Sunday’s World Star Gala, the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra will provide music for world-renowned Korean ballerina Kang Sue-jin of the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany; Anna Antonicheva, principal dncer of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, and Won Jin-young from the Nederlands Dans Theater II as they step on stage.

The dancers will perform pieces from “Onegin,” “Legende,” and “Diane and Acteon.’’

In addition, dancers from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet will be performing “Adagio from Spartacus,” while the modern dance group LDP will also grace the stage with “No Comment.”

The performance begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1

(031) 783-8235, www.sidf.co.kr




Doosan vs. Hanwha

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

SK vs. Heroes

Moonhak, 5 p.m.

Samsung vs. KIA

Daegu, 5 p.m.

Lotte vs. LG

Sajik, 5 p.m.


Doosan vs. Hanwha

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

SK vs. Heroes

Moonhak, 5 p.m.

Samsung vs. KIA

Daegu, 5 p.m.

Lotte vs. LG

Sajik, 5 p.m.


Doosan vs. SK

Jamsil, 6. 30 p.m.

Hanwha vs. LG

Cheongju, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung vs. Heroes

Daegu, 6.30 p.m.

KIA vs. Lotte

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.



HYUNDAI DEPARTMENT STORE, Gangnam District, southern Seoul

To Saturday: “2009 Crystal Beads Fair.” Sponsored by Swarovski Korea, the 2009 Crystal Beads Fair will celebrate its 5th anniversary this this week.

The event will provide visitors with the opportunity to see exquisite pieces of jewelry. They will also be able to make their own pieces to keep. Participants who register beforehand will get to meet the famous jewelry designer and columnist Laura Timmons.

The Beads Fair will be held in the Emerald Hall on the 10th floor of the Hyundai Department Store in southern Seoul from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(02) 3395-9124, www.create-your-style.com

ILSAN LAKE PARK, Goyang, Gyeonggi

Tomorrow to May 10: “International Horticulture Goyang Korea 2009.” Spring is nothing without a great big flower festival. The International Horticulture Goyang Korea 2009 festival is opening on a scale larger than ever in Goyang, Gyeonggi.

About 80 companies from 25 countries, as well as 130 local companies, are participating in this floral fiesta.

Horticultural events include an expert flower demonstration, a flower painting contest and a traditional flower arrangement contest. There will also be a body flower show, a flower magic show, belly dancing and a concert.

The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Admission is 9,000 won for adults and 7,000 won for students.

Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(031) 908-7750, www.flower.or.kr

SEOUL FOREST, Gwangjin, eastern Seoul

Saturday: “Seoul Forest Starry Night Festival.” Enjoy an evening under the stars with various music performances this weekend.

Starting this month, Seoul Forest, sponsored by the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, will present concerts in different genres each Saturday.

This weekend’s show will feature the Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra with old Korean favorites.

The Starry Night Festival will provide you with fresh air, open space and some cultural fun. Shows will be canceled in the event of rain.

Concerts start at 8 p.m. in July and August.

Ttukseom Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 399-1620, www.sejongpac.or.kr

JOGYE TEMPLE, Jongno District, central Seoul

Sunday: “Buddhist Street Festival.” The entire country is buzzing with excitement. Buddha’s Birthday, May 2 this year, is coming up. For anyone who wants to know more about Korean Buddhism, the Buddhist Street Festival will be held this Sunday on the street in front of Jogye Temple, located in Jongno District, central Seoul.

There will be performances of Korean folk music and dance, as well as traditional Buddhist dances including the Butterfly Dance, the Bara Dance and the Monk’s Dance.

Temple food is also provided at the street event, to give you a taste of what Korean Buddhist monks eat.

You will also be able to make your own special lanterns, which you can carry in the Grand Lantern Parade, held after the Street Festival is over.

The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m.

Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 2

(02) 722-2206, www.llf.or.kr
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