2009. 8. 12 MUSIC& THEATER

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2009. 8. 12 MUSIC& THEATER



Saturday: “Lee Sun Hee Concert.” The original Korean diva Lee Sun Hee is returning to the stage to promote her 14th album.

She’ll hold two concerts this Saturday at the Opera House at Seongnam Arts Center, one at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

Lee has been performing live music and producing albums tirelessly since her debut 25 years ago. Her latest album reaches out to women in their 20’s, in particular. Lee blows listeners away with her powerful voice and outstanding singing ability. She composed each of the 11 songs on this album.

The diva spent the past two years in the United States studying music, a journey that had an obvious impact on her latest work, making it her most impressive project yet.

Seongnam Arts Center’s Opera House is one of the best concert halls in Korea, featuring 1,805 seats and a proscenium stage.

Ticket prices range from 55,000 won ($44.77) to 88,000 won.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1

1688-6675, http://ticket.interpark.com


Saturday to Aug. 23: “If You Know Orchestra, You Know Classic.” Educoncert is hosting a special summer holiday classic concert.

Educoncert, also known as Beautiful Orchestra, is a special orchestra that performs classical music pieces found in school textbooks.

It is recognized as one of the best art educational programs for both its intricate organization and content.

Under the special theme “If You Know Orchestra, You Know Classic,” the orchestra plans to perform classic pieces such as the “Overture to Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber, “Menuet” and “Farandole” from “L’arlesienne” by Georges Bizet, “Unter Donner und Blitz Op. 324” by Johann Strauss, and many more.

Yun Gi-yeon will serve as the conductor, while Gwon Seong-sun will be the star soprano.

The concerts will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Centennial Hall of Yonsei University.

Ticket prices range from 10,000 won to 25,000 won.

Sinchon Station, line No.2, exit 2 or 3

(02) 3141-0651, www.educoncert.co.kr


Monday: “Limp Bizkit.” They’re ba-ack! American nu metal band Limp Bizkit returns to wreak havoc in Korea, as the band’s original members reunite for a world tour. They will play at Seoul Olympic Park at 8 p.m. on Aug. 17.

The band will hold the concert two days after the ETP Fest, continuing the excitement for fans of rock music. With tens of thousands of Korean fans, Limp Bizkit offered to add a couple extra days to their schedule to play for their supporters here one more time.

The original lineup of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto and D.J. Lethal is back from an eight-year hiatus, and they are gearing up to provide a more explosive, more addictive and more driven performance than ever.

Standing tickets cost 110,000 won. There’s a 50 percent discount for those with tickets from ETP Fest.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com


Aug. 22: “Live Club Festa.” Seoul is hosting “The 2nd Seoul Open Night” on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2 p.m. to midnight in clubs, museums, concert halls and art centers around Seoul.

Seoul Open Night is a great chance for Seoul citizens to enjoy various cultural activities for just 10,000 won.

“Live Club Festa” is a rock event featuring concerts held around Hongik University. The performances will be held in 12 clubs, including Queen Live Hall and Club Spot.

Participants can purchase a “Hongik Culture Pass” that provides entrance to all 12 clubs for just 10,000 won. Rock Groups such as Trans Fixion, Lazybone, Dr. Core 911, RUX, Sugar Donuts and many more are slated to perform.

Also, many more live outdoor concerts will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 6




To Aug. 22: “Don Juan.” The popular story about the legendary fictional libertine will be told in a musical play at the Chungmu Art Hall until Aug. 22.

The musical features a Korean cast including Kim Da-hyun, Gang Tae-eul and many more notable local performers.

Don Juan’s story has been told many times in various ways by different writers. This unusual story takes the audience to a totally different world. Most of the scholars who have written about this legend agree that the classic is firmly based on a Spanish nobleman named Don Juan who was quite notorious with women in the 17th century.

Don Juan has a treacherous and pathological craving to seduce every woman he encounters, but then his life turns completely upside down when he meets a gorgeous young girl named Dona.

The musical begins at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.

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

Foreigners can buy tickets by e-mailing uzin415@naver.com

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


To Aug. 30: “42nd Street.”

The irresistible cast of Park Sang-won, Park Hye-mi and Ok Ju-hyun star in “42nd Street,” the Broadway musical, which is being performed at the LG Arts Center.

42nd Street is one of the longest-running American musicals in Broadway history. Based on the classic 1933 movie musical of the same name, 42nd Street tells the story of a naive young actress named Peggy Sawyer who arrives to audition for the new Julian Marsh extravaganza set to open on Broadway. The musical is a delightful throwback that the entire family will enjoy.

It boasts a stage full of talented young tappers and hoofers who bring to life legendary songs like “We’re In the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Lullaby of Broadway.”

The musical is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (including an additional show on Wednesdays at 3), 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) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


Friday and Saturday: “Rigoletto.”

The Italian opera Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi, is rightfully one of the best-known of the great chorus operas. The Seongnam Arts Center is bringing together a wonderful local cast for Korean audiences under the renowned director Lee Ui-ju. Rigoletto is an opera filled with curses and irony.

The opera’s namesake is a hunchbacked jester working for a promiscuous duke. At a ball in the Ducal Palace, Rigoletto taunts Count Ceprano, whose wife is the target of the duke’s wandering eye.

Monterone, whose daughter was also seduced by the duke, bursts in and calls a curse upon the duke for destroying his daughter’s honor and on Rigoletto for making jest of it. Through trickery, Rigoletto’s daughter is carried off to the duke to suffer the same fate as Monterone’s daughter. Rigoletto plots his revenge through the use of an assassin. However, things do not go as planned for Rigoletto, as the curse comes back to haunt him.

The Korean version of this opera is being performed at the Concert Hall of Seongnam Arts Center with a local cast that includes Kim Yeong-ju and Park Gyeong-min, among other local notable performers.

The opera begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.(02) 2232-1148, www.imwbk.com




SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.


SK Wyverns vs. LG Twins

Munhak, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Samsung Lions

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. Hanwha Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Lotte Giants

Moodeung, 6:30 p.m.


Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.


Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers

Daegu, 5 p.m.


Hanwha Eagles vs. SK Wyverns

Daejeon, 5 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. Doosan Bears

Mokdong, 5 p.m.

LG Twins vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 5 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. Kia Tigers

Daegu, 5 p.m.


Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Doosan Bears vs. LG Twins

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Kia Tigers vs. Seoul Heroes

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.




Chunnam Dragons vs. Gangwon FC

Gwangyang Stadium, 7 p.m.

Incheon United FC vs. Gwangju Sangmu

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Jeju United FC vs. Daegu FC

Jeju World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Pohang Steelyard, 7:30 p.m.

Busan I’Park vs. Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Busan Asiad Stadium, 8 p.m.

FC Seoul vs. Gyeongnam FC

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 8 p.m.




Today to Sunday: “The Great Battle of Hansan.” The Hansandaecheop Memorial Foundation is hosting “The Great Battle of Hansan” festival to commemorate one of the most famous sea battles in Korea’s history.

Visitors to this festival, which celebrates the anniversary of the great event, will learn all about the battle.

The festival’s main event is a magnificent re-enactment of the Great Battle of Hansan, where geobukseon, Korea’s turtle-shaped ships, and Japanese ships fire artillery at each other in the middle of the ocean, adding some realism to the event.

The festival is held at the Warship Yard of Memorial Park of Hansandaecheop in Tongyeong, North Gyeongsang Province.

To get to Tongyeong, take a cross-country bus from the Express Bus Terminal or from the Nambu Terminal to the Tongyeong Terminal.

(055) 650-4531, www.hsdf.or.kr


From Aug. 25 to Sept. 1: “Chuncheon Dakgalbi Festival.” Chuncheon City is hosting the Dakgalbi and Makguksu Festival at Subyeon Park, Samcheon-dong in Gangwon Province.

Participants can enjoy local dishes such as dakgalbi (stir-fried chicken ribs), makguksu (buckwheat noodle served in cold kimchi broth), buckwheat pancakes and seasoned acorn jelly.

Traditional folk games like chicken fights, food competitions and various cooking programs will be taking place during the festival.

To get to Chuncheon, take a bus from the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.

(033) 250-4347, http://tour.chuncheon.go.kr/eng

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