2009.7.15 MUSIC & THEATER

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2009.7.15 MUSIC & THEATER


Friday: Kim Jeong Piano Recital. Kim Jeong will be performing at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts this Friday.
A graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Kim has performed on major stages in Korea and around the world, such as the Glazunov Concert Hall in St. Petersburg.
During the concert she will play Beethoven s Sonata No. 30 E major Op.109, Chopin s Ballade No. 1 G minor Op. 23, and Prokofiev s Sonata No. 5. in C major and the Romeo and Juliet Suite.
The recital begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at 20,000 won ($15.71).
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 581-5404, www.sejongpac.or.kr

Saturday to Sunday: Drum Cats The Passion. The Drum Cats will be performing for two days only this weekend.
As one of the few percussion performance bands in Korea and one of the only all-female percussion groups in the world, the Drum Cats has proved immensely popular in the music community since its debut in 2006.
By incorporating various genres of music from techno to classical with intricate drum techniques, the Drum Cats has managed to combine the delicate with the dynamic.
They have been described as moving like lightning, sticks twirling, snare drums crackling and cymbals splashing with brilliant precision.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 44,000 won.
The show is staged at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 2287-7186, http://cart.smu.ac.kr

July 23: 2009 Kumho Art Hall Rising Star Series Cho Jin-ju Violin Recital. Cho Jin-ju is holding a recital in central Seoul this weekend with pianist Kim Jung-hyun.
Cho is a young violinist who has played on the stages of the United States, Canada and Europe, most notably the 2006 Montreal International Concours.
The artist s music was described by local media as very charismatic while having sensual and soft touches which can be felt through your spine.
Cho has also been participating in charity events and outreach programs to boost interest in classical music and has pioneered combining other genres of music such as jazz, rock and traditional Korean folk music with classical music.
The recital begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 8,000 won to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 6306-7700, www.kumhoarthall.com

July 26: Gum Nan-se s Happy Classic with a Story. The Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul is holding a classical music concert with one of Korea s most distinguished conductors, Gum Nan-se.
A special feature of this concert will be Gum narrating and explaining some of the pieces to the audience.
Gum debuted as a conductor when he was only 17 years old. He was given the chance to be the conductor of many orchestras worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Korea Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is currently involved in the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In this concert, he will be accompanied by the Euro-Asian Chamber Orchestra, pianist Brian Suits, violinist Lee Kyeong-sun, Leif Pedersen on the clarinet, soprano Seo Hwal-ran and Hwang Se-mi on the marimba.
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


Friday to July 26: I Confess. The play that will have theatergoers looking back at themselves will take the stage in Daehangno starting this Friday.
I Confess is a 1953 reinterpretation by film director Alfred Hitchcock of the play Nos deux consciences.
The story starts with a murderer s confession to a young priest, which leads to his dilemma between right and wrong as a man of the cloth.
This depiction of man s two-faced actions and weakness conveyed through confession has had audiences pondering their wrongdoings for decades.
The cast consists of talented musical actors and actresses, and the play s backdrops include a serene chapel, among others. And then of course there s the thrilling chase scene involving a detective determined to catch the killer.
The play runs at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets cost 20,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 744-8025, www.interpark.com

Tuesday to Aug 30: 42nd Street. One of Broadway s hottest shows is being staged in Seoul this summer.
With a stellar cast consisting of Park Sang-won, Park Hye-mi and Ock Ju-hyun, the upcoming show has local musical fanatics exited. And as it will be staged in its classic 1980s original version, a revival of the musical s golden days is anticipated.
42nd Street has a message of hope embedded into a story about how a girl from a small town in the countryside achieves her dream of becoming a Broadway starlet during the Great Depression of 1930s America.
The show will be staged Mondays to Fridays at 8 p.m., with an additional 3 p.m. show on Wednesdays; 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 3674-2210, www.lgart.com

July 25 to Sept. 20: Come and Meet Me. This theatrical thriller will be on at The Stage in Sinchon, northwest Seoul, just in time to spook the summer heat away.
The play is based on the original screenplay for the popular 2003 Korean blockbuster Memories of Murder.
Based on the true story of a serial killer that ran rampant in 1986 around the Hwaseong region in Gyeonggi Province, this play has been the talk of the town for those who love mystery.
A group of law enforcement officials and a journalist yearning for a good story encounter many surprising scenes and shady suspects in their quest to find the notorious killer.
Adding another chilling element, police officer Kim discovers that every time a murder happens, a famous Mozart piece plays on the radio.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3
(02) 744-4334, www.thestagetheater.co.kr


Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants
Sajik, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. The Heroes
Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.
Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Lotte Giants
Sajik, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. The Heroes
Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.
Doosan Bears vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu, 6:30 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns
Munhak, 6:30 p.m.
The Heroes vs. Doosan Bears
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Daejeon, 5:00 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu, 5:00 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns
Munhak, 5:00 p.m.
The Heroes vs. Doosan Bears
Jamsil, 5:00 p.m.
Kia Tigers vs. Hanwha Eagles
Daejeon, 5:00 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu, 5:00 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns
Munhak, 5:00 p.m.
The Heroes vs. Doosan Bears
Jamsil, 5:00 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns
Munhak, 6:30 p.m.
LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers
Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.
Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
Samsung Lions vs. The Heroes
Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.


THE 12TH BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL, South Chungcheong Province
To Sunday: The 12th Boryeong Mud Festival. The annual festival, wildly popular among Koreans and expatriates alike, will continue through this weekend.
The Boryeong Mud Festival has been held at Daecheon swimming beach, a unique shell-powered sandy beach with mud that s supposed to be good for the skin. The event has quickly grown into one of Korea s largest and most popular festivals.
There are many events such as mud massage programs, mud wrestling, a mud king contest, a Marines-type extreme military training course, a mud fireworks fantasy display and mud sliding. The gorgeous beach will also come in handy, as you can wash off in the ocean water.
The festival runs from 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 in southern Seoul to Boryeong, South Chungcheong.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3
(041) 930-3820, www.mudfestival.or.kr

Tomorrow to July 26: The 13th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, dedicated to horror, thriller and sci-fi flicks, kicks off tomorrow.
Since its birth in 1997, PiFan has grown to become the most representative symbol of Bucheon, Gyeonggi, and is now one of Korea s three major film festivals.
Under the motto, the origin of genre films and its new challenge, this year s PiFan features 202 films from 41 countries.
Celebrating its 13th anniversary this year, the festival focuses on the unlucky number 13.
But don t let the festival s general focus fool you it s not all about blood and guts. There are plenty of fantasy and animation movies suited for children.
Various special exhibitions and retrospective programs will be featured, and events such as a Fantastic Concert and the Fantastic Book Fair will be available for further enjoyment.
The festival s hours will vary by the films being screened.
Tickets range from free of charge to 10,000 won depending on time, place and event.
Songnae Station, line No. 1, exit 2
(032) 578-1738, www.pifan.com

THE 86TH SEOUL COMIC WORLD, Seoul Trade Exhibition Center, southern Seoul
Saturday to Sunday: The 86th Seoul Comic World. A festival for comic lovers will be held this weekend.
Since its first festival in 1999, Seoul Comic World has been a home for amateur comic artists in Korea to introduce and launch their work to the community. Many pieces will be exhibited and are available for sale to the public.
There will also be cosplay, or costume role playing, in which people dress up as their favorite character from manhwa, which means comic books in Korean.
Events such as a manhwa theme-song singing competition and chances to meet the voice actors of your favorite cartoons will also take place.
The festival will be held at the Seoul Trade Exhibition Center, or Setec, in Daechi-dong, southern Seoul.
The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Admission is 4,000 won.
Hangnyeoul Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 3142-2137, www.comicw.co.kr
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