2009. 8. 26 MUSIC& THEATER

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2009. 8. 26 MUSIC& THEATER

MUSIC



DAEGU OPERA HOUSE, Daegu

Ongoing: “Brunch Opera.” How about some music to entertain you during lunchtime? Next Monday and on Sept. 7, the Daegu Opera House continues its Brunch Opera series with songs from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The event includes music played by a 15-member orchestra and songs in Italian. The menu consists of coffee and sandwiches, or audience members can bring their own lunch.

The series continues on Nov. 2, 9 and 16 with songs from Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” and on Nov. 30, 23 and Dec. 7 with music from Puccini’s “La Rondine.”

Reservations are recommended for those who want lunch, but those bringing their own food can simply purchase a ticket at the door.

The performance starts at 11 a.m.

Tickets cost 15,000 won ($12) for lunch and the opera performance and 10,000 won for the performance alone.

Take the train to Daegu. The opera house is a five-minute walk from the station.

(053) 666-6000, www.daeguoperahouse.org



SEOUL OLYMPIC PARK, Waterside Stage

Aug. 30 and Sept. 6: “The Artiste Vol.1 - Love.” The Dutch jazz vocalist and song writer Wouter Hamel, who conquered the Korean pop charts, is coming for his first solo concert in Korea.

This concert will especially be romantic as the concert will take place on an outdoor stage right next to the 88 Lake at Seoul Olympic Park. Only 1,000 seats are available, which will create a more intimate setting for the artist and fans.

Hamel first charmed Korean fans with a mesmerizing performance at the Seoul Jazz Festival last May, but this will be his first concert on his own and he is once again ready to serenade local fans with his romantic tunes.

The hot icon released his debut album, “Hamel,” for which he wrote all 12 songs, in March 2007 after winning the Dutch Jazz Vocal Competition in 2005. His first album received critical acclaim and commercial success in the Netherlands and abroad.

Hamel’s concert will include pop-jazz tunes like “Breezy”, “Details”, “In Between” and “March, April, May.” Hamel will be accompanied on stage by a five-member band.

Performances start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 88,000 won. A free glass of wine is available for ticket holders before the concert.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5

(02) 563-0595, www.privatecurve.com



MELON-AX, Seoul

Sept. 5: “Crying Nut.” After a three-year hiatus, Crying Nut is back with a new album, “Uncomfortable Party.”

Crying Nut is a local punk band that sold over 100,000 copies of its 1998 debut album, setting a new record for South Korean indie rock. They released four albums over the next four years, stopping in 2002 to allow the band members to fulfill their mandatory military service. Their fifth album, “The Cow of OK Pasture,” was released in July 2006. The performance will feature songs from all six albums.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost 33,000 won.

Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 326-3075, http://ticket.interpark.com





THEATER



CHANGJO CONCERT HALL

Ongoing: “Nunsense Jamboree.” This musical theater hit returns to the stage after a successful run in April and May. The show, which has an open run at Changjo Concert Hall, is the sequel to “Nunsense,” which was one of the most successful musicals on the local stage.

Nunsense Jamboree revolves around Sister Amnesia, who recovers from amnesia and goes on tour as a country singer with other nuns. The cast includes local stars of musical theater Park Hae-mi, Chun Su-kyung and Kim Sun-kyung. Ryu Jung-han performs as Father Virgil, the only male character.

Performances are at 4:30 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on weekends, and 8 p.m. on other days of the week.

Tickets cost 40,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 766-8551, www.nunsense.co.kr



DONGSOONG ART CENTER, Dongsoong Hall

Ongoing: “Grease.” The hit musical “Grease” is back in Seoul with a new production for an open run at the Dongsoong Art Center.

“Grease,” written by Jim Jacobs with music by Warren Casey, has remained a coming-of-age staple, representing the spirit of adolescence, young love and rebellion since its off-Broadway premiere in February 1972.

The musical is packed with explosive energy, vibrant choreography and unforgettable songs, including “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “You’re The One That I Want” and “Greased Lightning.”

Organizers say that the upcoming production will be the most visually stimulating version of the musical Korea has ever seen.

Grease will be performed by stars of Korean musical theater, including Lee Hyun and Jang Ji-woo alternating in the role of Danny, and Kim-Soo-jeong and Shin Joo-yeon in the role of Sandy.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There will be no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 40,000 to 60,000 won

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 1588-5212, http://ilovegrease.cyworld.com



WOORIM CHEONGDAM THEATRE, Seoul

To Sept. 30: “Nanta.” “Nanta” is a nonverbal performance that mixes the rhythms of samulnori, traditional Korean percussion music, with modern musical forms to create a production that is easily accessible to international audiences.

Since its first performance in October 1997, the production has garnered the highest audience attendance numbers in Korean history.

Nanta made its international debut in 1999 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for best performance.

Audience participation is a large part of the show. Spectators can get on stage as the bride and groom in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, compete in a dumpling contest and interact with the performers in other ways.

Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 5 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 50,000 to 60,000 won.

Seolleung Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02)739-8288, http://ticket.interpark.com



NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA, Seoul

Sept. 4 to 6: “The Tempest.” The Contemporary Legend Theater of Taiwan presents a musical version of “The Tempest.”

The production is a Beijing opera adaptation of the Shakespeare play. It was created through a collaboration between film director Tsui Hark and Beijing opera actor and director Wu Hsing-kuo. The show replaces the fantasy and grandeur of the original play with theatrical and musical elements from Beijing opera.

Performances start at 8 p.m on Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets range from 40,000 to 150,000 won.

Dongguk University, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 2280-4114, http://ticket.interpark.com





SPORTS



KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

Wednesday

LG Twins vs. Seoul Heroes

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. Hanhwa Eagles

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday

LG Twins vs. Seoul Heroes

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. Hanhwa Eagles

Gwangju, 6:30 p.m.

Friday

Doosan Bears vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Hanhwa Eagles vs. LG Twins

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Seoul Heroes

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday

Doosan Bears vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Hanhwa Eagles vs. LG Twins

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Seoul Heroes

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday

Doosan Bears vs. Kia Tigers

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Hanhwa Eagles vs. LG Twins

Daejeon, 6:30 p.m.

Samsung Lions vs. SK Wyverns

Daegu, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Seoul Heroes

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Doosan Bears vs. Hanhwa Eagles

Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.

Seoul Heroes vs. SK Wyverns

Mokdong, 6:30 p.m.

Lotte Giants vs. Kia Tigers

Sajik, 6:30 p.m.

www.koreabaseball.com



K-LEAGUE SOCCER

Saturday

Daegu FC vs. Gyeongnam FC

Daegu Stadium, 7 p.m.

Chunnam Dragons vs. Suwon Bluewings

Gwangyang Football Stadium, 7 p.m.

Incheon United vs. Busan l’Park

Incheon World Cup Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Jeju United vs. Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Jeju Stadium, 3 p.m.

Gangwon FC vs. Gwangju Sangmu FC

Chuncheon Stadium, 7p.m.

Daejeon Citizen vs. Jeonbuk FC

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

FC Seoul vs. Ulsan Hyundai

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 8 p.m.

www.kleague.com





FESTIVALS



SEOUL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCH, Itaewon

Friday: “The 9th Annual Seoul Performing Arts Festival Launch.” SPAF is a major performing arts festival, now in its ninth year.

The launch of SPAF will be held at the Roofers in Itaewon, at 9 p.m. It’s a great chance to see excerpts from SPAF’s international theater and dance performances, improv comedy from Seoul City Improv and short plays from Seoul Players. There’s also a chance to win a door prize for all participants.

The actual festival runs from Oct. 13 to Nov. 21. This year they are looking to increase their foreign audience numbers.

There are 40 performances from 12 different countries including theater, dance and multimedia productions.

Many of the shows are in English, have English subtitles, or are nonverbal, and thus accessible to the foreign community in Seoul.

The SPAF Launch is free and open to all.

Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3

(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr/english/



NANGYE TRADITIONAL KOREAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Yeongdong

Sept. 4 to 8 : “Nangye Traditional Korean Music Festival.” Yeongdong’s Nangye Traditional Music Festival honors one of the three great masters of traditional music, Nangye Park Yeon (1378-1458), who made traditional Korean string, wind and percussion instruments, gave excellent performances using these instruments and is considered a master of Korean music for evolving the basic notation of the 12-tone scale. Visitors can play and even make traditional Korean musical instruments of their own with help from the members of the Nangye Korean Traditional Music Orchestra.

Take the bus from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (line No. 7, 3) to Yeongdong Bus Terminal. Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

(02) 729-9600, www.nanmf.org



SEOUL DRUM FESTIVAL, Ttukseom Seoul Forest Special Performing Stage

Sept. 5 to 27: “Seoul Drum Festival.” This year’s Seoul Drum Festival marks the 11th anniversary since its inception in 1999; a period in which it has become a representative festival in Seoul.

The festival gives professional and amateur percussionists alike the chance to perform together and exchange information and techniques.

There are workshops and other events for festivalgoers with no formal percussion experience who want to experience various kinds of drumming from around the world.

Ttukseom Station, line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 757-2121, www.drumfestival.org
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