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THEATER



LG ART CENTER

To Saturday: Yang Jung-ung and the Traveler Theater Company are staging “Peer Gynt,” the famed work by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, for a short, one-week run in Seoul this week.

The play, which has been turned into an opera as well, depicts the adventures of the poet Peer Gynt and his journey through questions that arise throughout a person’s life.

Local director Yang Jung-ung has interpreted this classic tale with a fresh perspective, moving through time and space and bringing it to life.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets cost 40,000 won ($32.20).

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

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



THE STAGE

To May 24: “Thrill Me.” This award-winning off-Broadway musical is currently being staged in Seoul.

Written by Stephen Dolginoff, it’s based on the chilling true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the so-called thrill killers of 1920s Chicago.

Thrill Me received numerous awards in Korea after its first run in 2007, picking up the coveted Best Foreign Musical and Best Male Performance awards.

The musical received favorable reviews from the press, many of them noting the excellent casting and high-quality acting. The New York Times said the original version of the musical was “like a well-placed punch, arresting and a bit breathtaking.”

The show opens at 8 p.m. on weekdays, except Mondays, and 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets cost 45,000 won.

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3

(02) 744-4334, www.thestagetheater.co.kr





MUSIC



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Monday and Tuesday: “Jin Bora’s Freedom: Jazz in the Springtime.” Wunderkind jazz pianist Jin Bora is holding a spring special in downtown Seoul next week.

Having taken the local music scene by storm after receiving first prize at a Kepco Art Center piano competition, Jin is ready to take on the world, having been accepted to Juilliard on a full scholarship.

Jin has a varied musical background. She started playing the piano from the age of three and the violin from the age of five. She even started learning to play janggu, a Korean traditional drum.

This kind of cross-cultural education has enabled her to create original pieces that have been a breath of fresh air in the jazz community.

At these concerts, Jin will play a selection of familiar jazz numbers with a distinct Korean flavor that anyone can enjoy.

The concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.

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

(02) 368-1515, www.sejongpac.or.kr



MAPO ARTS CENTER

May 24: “Agatsuma and Puri Live Concert.” The cultures of Japan and Korea will come together to play beautiful sounds for one night only in Seoul.

Hiromitsu Agatsuma, a shamisen (a Japanese three-stringed musical instrument) artist received rave reviews for his intricate, original music.

His technique combines the soft sounds of the shamisen with various other styles.

For this concert, he will be joined on stage by Puri, a group that plays traditional Korean music, most notably the soundtracks for popular TV dramas such as “Hwang Jin Yi” and “Lee Soon Shin.”

Producer and songwriter Jung Jae-il who has worked on albums for K-pop artists such as Epik High, Lee Soo-young, Kim Jo-han, Yangpa, and Um Jung-hwa, will add some excitement to this event.

The concert starts at 4 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

(02) 3274-8600, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

May 28 to 30: “Diva and Divo Series 1: Sumi Jo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky Duo Concert.” Over two nights this month, two celebrated operatic singers will perform at the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul.

Soprano Sumi Jo, once referred to as the “voice gifted from the gods” by conductor Herbert Von Karajan, will take to the stage with the silver-haired Russian baritone Hvorostovsky, who has enchanted the world’s opera houses.

The performance will feature a selection of quality pieces especially chosen by the performers, such as “Couplets du Mysoli” from Felicien David’s opera, “La Perle du Bresil,” which will be sung by Jo.

These two living legends - the “diva” and “divo” - will perform with Romanian-born conductor Ion Marin.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on May 28 and 7 p.m. on May 30.

Tickets range from 70,000 won to 200,000 won.

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

(02) 368-1515, www.sejongpac.or.kr



SPORTS



KOREAN BASEBALL FEDERATION

Wednesday

KIA Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday

KIA Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Friday

Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants

Sajik, 2 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. SK Wyverns

Munhak, 5 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Heroes

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Tuesday

LG Twins vs. KIA Tigers

Kwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Samsung Lions

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Heroes vs. Hanwha Eagles

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

www.koreabaseball.co.kr





FESTIVALS



SEOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2009, central Seoul

Tomorrow to Sunday: The Seoul Jazz Festival 2009 will be held at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts beginning tomorrow.

The festival’s line-up features a host of high-profile, internationally-renowned acts that will showcase several different styles of jazz.

Omar Sosa, a Cuban jazz pianist, will open this year’s festival.

Dutch singer Wouter Hamel and American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will perform on Saturday night’s “Romantic Jazz Night.”

The Swell Season, featuring the ever-popular Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech pianist and singer Marketa Irglova, from the film “Once,” will return to Seoul after their hugely popular show in January to perform for two nights.

Tower of Power, a 10-member horn-based soul band from California, will visit Korea for the first time to perform as part of “Funky Groove Night” - on the closing night of the festival.

Don’t miss out on this rare event to see star musicians celebrating jazz in Seoul.

The festival starts 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 110,000 won.

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

(02) 563-0595

www.sejongpac.or.kr
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