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To June 21: “The Three Musketeers.” This highly anticipated musical with the directors, choreographers and stage designers from the hit Korean musical “Hamlet” has finally opened.

These experienced theater professionals have teamed up again to set the musketeers off on another exciting adventure in 17th-century Paris.

The trio of Athos, Porthos and Aramis, together with their friend D’Artagnan, will be played by a cast of talented local actors like Yoo Joon-sang, Park Gun-hyung, Shin Sung-woo and Uhm Ki-joon.

The musical begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 4 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 40,000 won ($31.72) to 150,000 won.

Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exit 1 or 9

(02) 764-7858, www.musicalthreemusketeers.com

Myungbo Art Hall

Ongoing: “Fan Yang’s Bubble World.” The Swiss bubble artist brothers Fan Yang and Jano Yang are in Seoul for the second time to present their bubble show.

With Fan’s 20-year-old son Deni Yang joining the team this time, Bubble World presents a show for all ages.

The program consists of “Hand Bubbles,” where the artists on stage create bubbles from their hands and let the sphere magic float around the audience.

“Rainbow Tables” is about making big hills and rainbows out of bubbles, while “Mega Bubble” shows some enormous bubbles of sizes reaching nearly 5 meters (16.4 feet) long.

At its newly-built theater in Euljiro, central Seoul, Fan Yang’s Bubble World has also been revamped with new elements including mime, dance, acrobatics and martial arts.

Outside the theater, people can make diverse-sized bubbles of their own.

Tickets cost 28,000 won for all seats.

The performance is presented at 11 a.m. and 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily.

Euljiro 3-ga Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 2263-9741, www.bubbleworld.co.kr


Friday and Saturday: “Bari.” The creative drama “Bari” is being staged by the Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theater at the Sejong Center this weekend.

The show is based on the Korean folk tale of Bari, a young princess who was abandoned by her parents yet later returns to save their lives.

The role of Bari will be played by contemporary dancer Lee Jin-young.

The choreography, mainly based on Korean folk dances, will be accompanied by a 40-member orchestra.

Under conductor Kim Seong-jin, the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Traditional Music Orchestra and the Sejong Festival Orchestra will play traditional and Western instruments.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.

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

(02) 399-1766, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Wednesday to May 30: “La Boheme.” One of Puccini’s best loved operas will be staged in the southern Seoul opera house of the Seoul Arts Center.

“La Boheme” centers on the love and lives of young artists in 19th century Paris, who began the counter-cultural revolution that became associated with the term “bohemian.”

The opera consists of beautiful arias, ensemble pieces and duets like “O soave fanciulla.” The music will be played by the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Paolo Tariciotti.

Angela Papale, Park Mi-hye and Lee Seung-hee will join the cast as the seamstress Mimi, while Sergio Panajia, Lee Won-jun and Han Yoon-seok rotate in the part of Rodolfo the poet.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 200,000 won.

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

(02) 543-2351, www.sac.or.kr



Today: “Denis Sungho Janssens’ Guitar Recital.” Classical guitarist Denis Sungho Janssens, hailed by Le Soir as “possessing exceptional virtuosity,’’ will hold a recital titled “Remembrance’’ to celebrate the first anniversary of Mapo Arts Center’s reconstruction.

Since winning first prize at the age of 14 in Belgium’s national “Young Talent” competition, Janssens has appeared on the main stages of the world, making his 2005 Carnegie Hall debut in New York as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization.

At this concert, Janssens will play Tarrega’s “Fantasia on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata,” Piazzolla’s “Verano Porteno,” Dyens’ “Fuoco,” Gismonti’s “Palhaco” and Assad’s “Farewell.”

The show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 2

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

CHUNGMU ART HALL, Middle Theater Black

To Sunday: “Stars On Stage - Kim Yeon-woo.” Debuting as a guest vocalist for the project “Toy,” Kim Yeon-woo quickly earned a reputation for his soft, dulcet voice.

Under the title “LovEpisode,” Kim will perform a selection of his hit songs as well as new music such as “I’ll Give My Life with You,” “Lovers” and “I Guess I Don’t Know What Love Is.”

The small venue will allow the audience to connect intimately with the singer.

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are 55,000 won and 66,000 won.

Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exit 1 or 9

(02) 2230-6601, www.cmah.or.kr


Saturday: “Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper Duo Recital.” The British classical music duo Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper will be performing in Seoul this weekend for their first visit here since 2000.

With Podger playing the violin and Cooper on the fortepiano, the duo has released six albums to date.

For their second concert in Korea, the two musicians will once again perform Mozart, their specialty. Pieces in the program include “Sonata for Keyboard and Violin in G, K.379,’’ “Variations in G,’’ ‘’Helas, j’ai perdu mon amant’’ and “Sonata for Keyboard and Violin in B.”

The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 90,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 599-5743, www.vincero.co.kr


Sunday: “2009 Seoul International Music Festival.” This year’s SIMF is being held to promote the latest trends in classical music.

Under the title, “All Together in Music,” the festival aims to connect musicians young and old, and Asians and Westerners who share a passion for music.

The SIMF is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with renowned names in classical music. The KBS Symphony Orchestra along with renowned Finnish cellist Arto Noras will be performing under the baton of Ralf Gothoni, also of Finland.

Noras is a member of the Helsinki Trio and a founding member of the Sibelius Academy Quartet. Gothoni is currently principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra.

They will play pieces such as Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture in F Major,” and Bizet-Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite.” They will also perform the Korea premiere of Penderecki’s “Largo.”

The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.

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

1544-5142, www.sejongpac.or.kr

OLYMPIC PARK, Gymnastics Stadium

Tuesday to Wednesday: “Ennio Morricone Cinema Concerto Part II.” The Italian Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone is back in Seoul after his successful concert two years earlier.

This time, the Italian maestro, renowned for his film scores, will perform with the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra. Soprano Susanna Rigacci will also join them on the stage as guest.

Morricone will present his music under the themes, “Life and Legend,” “Scattered Sheets,” “Tribute to Mauro Bolognini” and “The Mission.”

Morricone is perhaps best associated with the soundtracks of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) and “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968).

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are 50,000 won to 160,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 3444-9969, www.yellownine.co.kr




LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. Heroes

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

Munhak, 5 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Daegu, 5 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. Heroes

Gwangju, 5 p.m.


Samsung Lions vs. Lotte Giants

Daegu, 2 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears

Munhak, 5 p.m.

KIA Tigers vs. Heroes

Gwangju, 5 p.m.


Doosan Bears vs. Heroes

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

SK Wyverns vs. KIA Tigers

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions

Cheongju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. LG Twins

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.




To Sunday: “2009 Incheon Bupyeong Pungmul Festival.”

Now in its 13th year, the Bupyeong Pungmul Festival was first launched to commemorate the spirit of the farming culture in Incheon as well as to promote the traditional Korean culture of pungmul or nongak (traditional farmers’ music).

On Thursday and Friday, various pungmul-related competitions will be held, while events like the Pungmul Madang and the Daedong Madang will take place on the weekend.

The Madang for Experience, where locals and foreigners can taste traditional tea and dress up in hanbok (traditional Korean dress), will also take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The street festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will start at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Bupyeong Market Station, Incheon line No.1

(032) 509-7515, www.bpf.or.kr


To June 27: “Journey to Traditional Music at Mount Namsan.”

This festival at the Namsan Gugakdang has been divided into three parts.

On Wednesdays, audiences can experience “Stepping on Clouds,” which showcases dance and performances with traditional instruments.

On Fridays, “Blooming and Smiling Flowers” presents vocal music.

“Playing at Namsan” on Saturdays is a traditional Korean chamber music show that also features creative versions of favorite pop music and film songs.

The festival aims to be a fun time for Koreans and foreigners alike.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Tickets are 20,000 won for adults and 10,000 won for youths.

Chungmuro Station, lines No. 3 and 4, exit 4

(02) 2261-0513,

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