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2009. 9.30 TICKET

MUSIC



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Concert Hall

Tomorrow: “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Virtuoso Series IV.” One of the oldest and most famous orchestras in South Korea, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, is holding its “Virtuoso Series IV” concert tomorrow at 8 p.m.

The conductor of the orchestra, Mikko Franck, has established himself as one of the most exciting international conductors, with a wide-ranging repertoire at both concert halls and opera houses. He first established his credentials with orchestras in Finland and now regularly conducts some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

The main violin will be played by Sergey Khachatryan, a 24-year-old violinist born in Armenia.

In December 2000, Sergey won first prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki, Finland, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition. Khachatryan has subsequently appeared throughout Finland, most recently performing the Khachaturian Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony and Mikko Franck.

The orchestra will play Rachmaninoff’s “The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29,” Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.”

Tickets range from 10,000 won ($8.40) to 50,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5

(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Grand Theatre

Saturday and Sunday: “Lee Mi-ja 50th Anniversary Concert.” The 67-year-old Korean singer, Lee Mi-ja, is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a singer this year through a concert tour. Lee has gone through many ups and downs in her career spanning half a century, but it was her music that kept her strong.

Lee started singing when she was 17 years old - earning the nickname “Queen of Elegy” after her namesake song - and has been singing for fans near and far ever since. Lee’s new album “Lee Mi-ja’s 50 years, 101 Songs I’ve Sang with the World” features 101 songs on four compact discs, including 70 of some of her best-known works.

The compilation also includes 30 songs that Lee believes represent Korean’s hardships and joy and a new number called “The Purpose of My Life.”

Saturday’s concert starts at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at 5 p.m.

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

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8

(02) 399-1618, www.sejongpac.or.kr



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Grand Theatre

Oct. 6 to 7: “12 Girls Band Live in Korea.”

12 Girls Band, an all-female Chinese musical group, is coming to Korea for their second concert in Seoul.

As soon as the group was formed in 2001, they became the talk of the town for their unique music. The band consists of 12 women that use Chinese instruments to play both traditional Chinese and Western songs. The women were selected through an audition of more than 4,000 contestants. They gradually became famous worldwide with their bold arrangements and daring performances.

On their second visit to Korea, 12 Girls Band will perform with Sorea, a Korean band that plays traditional gugak music.

The concerts will be held at 8 p.m.

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

(02) 501-7888, http://ticket.interpark.com



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Concert Hall

Oct. 11: “Maksim Mrvica Live in Seoul.” The tall, handsome pianist is returning to Korea to keep his promise to Korean fans to play something more mellow at his next concert.

Maksim Mrvica’s upcoming recital will not have the special stage effects, lighting and video screens that usually accompany his fiery electronic crossover tunes. Instead, the 34-year-old will appear alone with the piano for a repertoire featuring classical numbers in addition to his signature classical-pop pieces.

Mrvica knew he wanted to play the piano when he was just 8. Born in Sibenik, a small medieval town in Croatia, it seemed unlikely that he would be able to achieve his dream. Although his parents knew nothing about classical music, they fully supported him and signed him up for piano lessons. He emerged as a young talent by championing international music events, including the 1993 Zagreb, 1999 Rubinstein and 2001 Long-Thibault.

However, instead of sticking to the conventional path of being a classical concert pianist, he crossed over to electronica under the guidance of Mel Bush, a producer of crossover musicians including Vanessa Mae.

Mrvica will wrap up his world tour in Seoul with pieces ranging from Mozart to Brahms. The latter part of the recital will include some of his famous crossover tracks such as “New World Concerto,” “Exodus” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The concert starts at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 110,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5

(02)548-8690, www.sac.or.kr

THEATER



SOGANG UNIVERSITY, Mary Hall

Monday: “Monger.” As the opening performance of the 12th Seoul International Dance Festival, choreographer Barak Marshall’s “Monger,” a physical-theater work for 10 dancers, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Monger tells the story of 10 servants trapped in the basement of the house of a cruel mistress. Marshall’s movement is theatrical, physical, sharp and fast and contains ethnic-contemporary motifs. It’s also known for being highly emotive, visual and theatrical.

Monger explores the dynamics of hierarchy, power, free will and the compromises one makes in order to survive. The piece’s narrative structure is drawn from several sources including the life and work of Bruno Schulz, Jean Genet’s play “The Maids” and Robert Altman’s film “Gosford Park”. The score combines elements of Gypsy, Balkan and Indonesian music with rock and techno.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 60,000 won.

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 6

(02) 3216-1185, http://ticket.interpark.com



THE NATIONAL THEATER OF KOREA, Haeoreum Theater

Oct. 8 to 10: “Esmeralda.” As part of the 2009 World Festival of National Theaters, the ballet “Esmeralda” will be performed next week with a full Korean cast.

Inspired by the famous book, “Notre Dame de Paris” by Victor Hugo, Esmeralda was originally choreographed by Jules Perrot with three acts and five scenes.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 200,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 2280-4115, www.ntok.go.kr



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Opera Theater

Oct. 8 to 11: “The Magic Flute.” Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece, “Die Zauberflote,” also known as “The Magic Flute,” will be held in Seoul.

Germany’s Theater Dortmund, an enormously popular production company, will perform the show at the Seoul Arts Center. Director Patrick Bialdyga takes an orthodox approach and is not swayed by passing fads.

Filled with ritual and symbolism, The Magic Flute is a playful but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 310,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 4 or 5

(02) 3476-6224, http://ticket.interpark.com





SPORTS



KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

Wednesday

Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 6 p.m.

Friday

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday

Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Sajik, 2 p.m.

Monday

Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants

Jamsil, 6 p.m.

www.koreabaseball.com



K-League Soccer

Friday

Daegu FC vs. Suwon Bluewings

Daegu Stadium, 3 p.m.

Jeonbuk Motors vs. Chunnam Dragons

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Saturday

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma vs. Gangwon FC

Tancheon Sports Complex, 7 p.m.

Busan I’Park vs. Daejeon Citizen

Busan Asiad Main Stadium, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Jeju United vs. FC Seoul

Jeju Sports Complex, 3 p.m.

Ulsan Hyundai vs. Gwangju FC

Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, 3 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Incheon United

Pohang Steelyard, 3 p.m.

www.kleague.com





FESTIVALS



CHEONGJU INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BIENNALE, Cheongju Arts Center

To Nov. 1: “Cheongju International Craft Biennale.” This unique and world-class festival is the largest of the many visual arts events taking place in Korea this year. Since its inaugural show in 1999, the biennale has attracted visitors from all over the world with its variety of fine crafts in both sculptural and functional forms.

Canada is the featured guest country for this year’s event. Approximately 200 top Canadian artists will participate in Canada’s section, called “Unity and Diversity.” The theme highlights Canada’s distinctive culture as a multicultural nation composed of aboriginal people, English- and French-speaking communities, and more than 200 ethnic groups. The festival is taking place at the Cheongju Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets range from 3,000 won to 8,000 won.

Take a bus from the Nambu Bus Terminal bound for Northern Cheongju.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3

(043) 277-2501, www.okcj.org



BAEKJE CULTURAL FESTIVAL, South Chungcheong Province

Oct. 9 to 18: “The Baekje Cultural Festival.” This event will reproduce various royal court ceremonies and also will include a memorial for the four kings who reigned during the Baekje Dynasty’s golden age: Munju, Samgeun, Dongseong and Muryeong.

The Baekje Cultural Festival will feature re-enactments of numerous historical cultural events such as the gungnyeoje ritual, a sacrificial protest in which Baekje women threw themselves off a cliff to protect their chastity.

Various hands-on programs will also be a big part of the festival, including Baekje’s History Competition, the National Earthenware Potter’s Wheel Competition, Baekje’s Culture Exhibition, the Reproduction of Baekje’s Earthenware Iron Pot Making Process, Baekje’s Culture Experience Hall, Buyeo’s Indigenous Products Market and much more.

The festival will be held at Buyeo District in South Chungcheong Province.

Take the bus from the Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3 bound for Buyeo.

(041) 857-6955, www.baekje.org



SEOUL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

Oct. 13 to Nov. 21: “Seoul Performing Arts Festival.” The Seoul Performing Arts Festival, also known as SPAF, is Korea’s biggest festival in this genre.

SPAF presents major international and domestic contemporary works of drama, dance and interdisciplinary arts. Founded in 2001 as part of the government’s plans for the World Cup, it runs for about one month in major venues throughout Seoul.

The festival will include 40 unique performances from 12 countries. Among them, 15 will be from overseas and 25 are local pieces. The first performance is “The Turtle of Darwin,” the premiere of a work by the renowned Spanish playwright, Juan Mayorga.

It’s a black comedy and parody of modern European society featuring a turtle raised by Charles Darwin that has evolved into a human being. The performance is by the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre, directed by Kim Dong-hyun at the Sejong M Theater.

(02) 3673-2656, www.spaf.or.kr/english
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