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CHUNGMU ART HALL, Middle Theater Black

To Sunday: “Stars on Stage: Jang Hye-jin.” As part of the Chungmu Art Hall’s ongoing “Stars on Stage” event, Jang Hye-jin will headline the next concert series.

Jang is known for her powerful singing voice. Her songs have appeared on many popular television dramas. Most recently, her song “Hurting Until Farewell” was featured on SBS-TV’s “Cain and Abel.”

In addition to Jang, special guests V.O.S., Gavy NJ and other artists will perform as part of the latest installment of the concert series.

Stars On Stage is a special event that brings prominent Korean pop singers to Chungmu Art Hall.

This will be the seventh concert series tied to the event.

The concerts are at 8 p.m. each day this week, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 55,000 won ($43) to 66,000 won.

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

(02) 2230-6616, www.cmah.or.kr


Tomorrow to Friday: “SG Wannabe Nationwide Tour Concert: Gift from SG Wannabe.” To commemorate the release of their sixth album and kick off a domestic tour, the popular Korean ballad trio SG Wannabe will hold two concerts in Seoul this week.

The concerts will showcase songs from the group’s new album, “The Gift from SG Wannabe,” and feature a selection of their greatest hits.

After the Seoul concerts, group members Kim Yong-jun, Kim Jin-ho and Lee Seok-hun will visit 10 cities as part of their nationwide tour.

The concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 121,000 won.

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

(02) 522-9933, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Tomorrow to Saturday: “2009 Reader’s Poll Concert.” The best Korean jazz musicians for 2009, as ranked in a poll of readers of Jazz People magazine, will perform together on stage at this concert.

As opposed to official awards in which professionals and music critics are in charge of judging, the Reader’s Poll Concert is significant because it measures whom jazz fans think are the best performers.

This year’s picks are saxophonist Lee Jung-sik, vocalist Woongsan, bassist Seo Young-do, drummer Oh Jong-dae and guitarist Chung Jae-yul.

The concert’s theme is “creation and individuality,” which reflects the wide range of styles that will be played on stage.

The concert will be held 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets cost 50,000 won.

Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 6900-3900, www.ligarthall.com


Friday: “Lee Ye-eun and Gabriele Natilla Guitar Recital.” Italian guitarist Gabriele Natilla has been invited to perform one concert in Seoul alongside local guitarist Lee Ye-eun.

Born in Taranto, southern Italy, in 1972, Natilla studied at the National Conservatory of Bari-Monopoli and has won awards in numerous music competitions around the world, including those in Italy, France and Japan.

Although he has held concerts in over 15 countries, this will be Natilla’s first visit to Korea.

Lee, an upcoming Korean guitarist will be playing many popular pieces such as “Moon River,” and the soundtrack for the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

It will also feature The Beatles’ “I Will.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 20,000 won.

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

(02) 522-9933, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Sunday: “Hajime Mizoguchi - A Concert in Seoul.” The cellist and composer whose music has accompanied countless Japanese animations, dramas and movies is coming to Korea.

After the release of his first album “Half Inch Dessert,” in 1986, Mizoguchi became one of the leading Japanese musicians and producers by the late ’80s.

His participation in the animated movies “Escaflowne,” “Please Save My Earth,” and “Jin-Roh” - and even the movie “Tokyo Tower” - have made him one of the most influential artists in Japan.

For his Seoul concert, Mizoguchi will play many classical pieces from Beethoven and Mahler that are not frequently played on the cello.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.

Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 1

(02) 2105-8136, http://cyber.kepco.co.kr/artcenter


Sunday: “Ditto Festival - Beethoven No. 5.” The Seoul Arts Center’s third Ditto Festival will take place Sunday afternoon with Korean pianist Kim Tae-hyung.

The 24-year-old will play some of Beethoven’s most famous pieces including the “Egmont” overture, Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 5.

Kim, who has won various awards on the stages of Portugal, France and Japan, will be joined for this concert by conductor Tetsuji Honna.

Honna is another award winner who has been involved in the Shirakawa Sinfonica, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Nipponica.

The concert starts at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

(02) 889-6990, www.sac.or.kr


July 3 to 25: “Uptown - De Free.” With the recent release of their sixth album, Uptown - a Korean hip-hop group who streaked up the charts in the 1990s - has staged an impressive comeback.

Their new album “De Free” marks a turning point for the group with a fresh new sound and the addition of new members.

This concert, however, will also take fans back in time with performances of their biggest ’90s hits such as “Everyday,” “Meet Me Again” and “Ola Ola.”

Uptown will be joined by popular Korean guests including Wheesung, M.C. Sniper and Outsider, who will all make special appearances.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost 22,000 won.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 6

(02) 325-6071, www.rollinghall.co.kr


CHUNGMU ART HALL, Small Theater Blue

To Saturday: “Musical On-Air Season 3.” “On-Air” is back for a third season featuring the humorous events that arise from the radio show “Radio Magic Time.”

Alex was once the famous star of a popular dance group, but he left the entertainment industry to complete his military service. Now, three years later, he has returned with high hopes of making a spectacular comeback, but instead winds up as the D.J. for a late-night radio show.

With a mixture of stories from listeners and a behind-the-scenes love story between Alex and a producer, you will feel as if you’re really in a radio studio.

On-Air includes many trendy and recognizable Korean pop songs. It stars Clazziquai’s male vocal, Alex, and Cho Min-a, a former member of pop group Jewelry.

The musical will run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 6 p.m.

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

(02) 2230-6616, www.cmah.or.kr


To July 8: “Yi.” The original play that the blockbuster 2005 film “The King and the Clown” was based on, is being performed to commemorate the opening of the Daehangno Arts Theater (previously the Arko Arts Theater).

The play portrays the love between a clown named Gong-gil and King Yeonsangun (1476-1506) of the Joseon Dynasty. The word yi itself is a respectful title the king bestowed on his highest officials - showing how much the clown had meant to him.

The play has won various awards - including the Dong-A Theater Award for best performance - for its comical and sensational scenes.

Many of these scenes feature dramatic twists in the romances among Gong-gil, Yeonsangun, Jangseng and Noksu, who is the king’s mistress.

The performance is staged Tuesdays to Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 3668-0029, www.dat.or.kr




Jeonbuk Motors vs. Gangwon FC

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Seongnam Chunma vs. Gwangju Sangmu

Seongnam Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Incheon United

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.




Suwon FMC vs. Daekyo Kangaroos

Gunsan Jonghap, 7 p.m.

Seoul City Hall vs. Busan Sangmu

Suwon Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Chungnam Ilhwa vs. Hyundai Steel

Yeoju Jonghap, 7 p.m.




To Saturday: “Bimok Cultural Festival.” The Bimok Cultural Festival will run until this Saturday in Hwacheon County of Gangwon Province.

“Bimok” refers to the title of a poem that later became a prominent Korean song that mourns the nameless soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Hwacheon County, where the song originated, now remembers the nation’s fallen soldiers with a festival that began on June 6, Korea’s Memorial Day.

The festival is divided into the themes of “mourning,” “coming together” and “hope,” and includes performances and songs sung to commemorate the fallen as well as chances to meet survivors of the Korean War (1950-53).

Take a bus from Nambu Bus Terminal to Hwacheon, Gangwon.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3

(033) 442-2507, www.bimok.com

THE FOURTH TAEAN LILY FESTIVAL 2009, North Chungcheong Province

To July 5: “The Fourth Taean Lily Festival 2009.” The blooming lilies of Taean will decorate this year’s festival.

There will be two main exhibitions - the Lily Festival Theme Hall and the Taean Flower Promotion Exhibition Hall - that will display flowers of many different colors and shapes.

Also, there will be 10 outdoor exhibitions with many themes, including the Aquatic Botanical Garden, the Vine Vegetables and Fruits Exploration Field and Flower Box Installations.

Activities and programs for the whole family will be offered as well. They include lily-bread baking, potato digging, face-painting and pottery making.

The festival will be open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 4,000 won to 8,000 won.

Take a bus from Nambu Bus Terminal to Taean, South Chungcheong.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3

(041) 675-7882, www.happylily.com


To July 6: “Daegu International Musical Festival.” The third annual Daegu International Musical Festival will continue until July 6.

The festival in Daegu has provided a chance for musical fans from Korea and the entire world to come together to see 24 performances from a variety of groups and bands.

Hit Korean musicals like “Radio Star” and “Sing Sing Sing” are being staged during the event, as well as the popular “The Three Musketeers.”

There will also be opportunities for fans to meet musical stars, and visitors can participate and view numerous exhibitions and workshops at the event.

The festival venues are in theaters around the city such as the Daegu Opera House and the Daegu Harmonia Art Hall.

Tickets start at 7,000 won.

Take a bus from Nambu Bus Terminal to Daegu.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3

(053) 622-1945, www.dimf.or.kr
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