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2009.10.14 TICKET



Friday: “Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra Subscription Concert.” Pianist Paik Kun-woo will head the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra’s 195th subscription concert, which starts at 8 p.m. at the Seoul Art Center.

Following 2007’s marathon performance of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas, the masterful Paik is bringing another unique project to town, this one featuring four grand pianos and some of South Korea’s hottest young musical talent: Kim Sun-wook, Kim Tae-kyung and Kim Jun-hee.

Paik and the three Kims will alternate playing parts of Milhaud’s “‘Paris Suite for Four Pianos” and Wagner’s “Overture zu Tannhauser.”

The lineup also will include Ravel’s “Bolero” and Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.”

Kim Dae-jin, the standing conductor of the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of the leading pianists and musical teachers in Korea. He won first prize in the prestigious 6th Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (now called the Cleveland Competition) in 1985.

Tickets range from 10,000 won ($8.50) to 70,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(031) 228-2813, www.sac.or.kr

OLYMPIC PARK, Gymnastics Stadium

Oct. 20 to 21: “Beyonce: I AM...” world tour. The hottest diva in the musical world is coming to Seoul for a second time as part of her global tour.

Beyonce Knowles will hold a two concerts at Olympic Park starting at 8:30 p.m. each night.

One of the world’s biggest musical stars - since the turn of the millennium, no other woman has spent as much time atop the U.S. Billboard charts - Beyonce rules the airwaves with hits such as “Say My Name,” “Deja vu” and “If I Were a Boy.”

Her second world tour began this past March in Canada and stormed across Europe, North and South America and Australia before finally coming to the Asian region.

As of August, the tour was officially ranked the world’s top concert attraction due to its record attendance and multi-continental range.

The tour coincides with the released of Beyonce’s third studio album, titled “I Am... Sasha Fierce.” More than 2.6 million copies of the album, which was released last November, have been sold to date worldwide.

Tickets range from 88,000 won to 176,000 won.

Olmpic Park Station, line No 5, exit 3

(02) 1544-6399, www.b4hent.com


Oct. 23: “Evolution 2009.” Yang Bang-ean, also known as Ryo Kunihiko in Japan, is holding his 10th anniversary concert in Seoul.

This second-generation Korean-Japanese performer began studying classical piano under professor Takizaki Sizuyoko of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He started his professional musical career working as a keyboardist, composer and sound producer while simultaneously attending Noppon Medical School. After working as an anesthetist for a year, he decided to restart his music career. He entered the field again as a solo artist and composed film music, when he worked with many pop artists from Japan and other countries.

His best-known works to the general public include the sound track to the movie “Thunderbolt,” which stars Jackie Chan, and various NHK TV animations.

Yang Bang-ean’s range spans a wide variety of genres, ranging from classical to rock to international and world music.

The concert will start from 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 99,000 won.

City Hall Station, line No 1 or 2, exit 3

(02) 2195-4699, http://ticket.interpark.com



Today and Tomorrow: “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare’s tragic tale of forbidden love has been revived as a traditional Korean play called in the National Changgeuk Company’s first new piece of 2009 and its first adaptation of a foreign play.

The setting of the original piece, however, has been changed to accommodate Korean culture and characters. Director Park Sung-hwan has tried to integrate Korean arts into the play as much as possible, but the basic plot remains intact.

Part of the SPAF 2009 program, Romeo and Juliet will run for two nights starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4

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


Tomorrow: “Across Hiphop III.” An experimental project where the sophistication of contemporary dance meets hip-hop’s raw energy, this event will really get your blood pumping.

Six street dancers-turned-choreographers will dominate the stage, breaking the fine line between artistry and raw performance with uncompromising moves.

This is neither a conventional modern dance piece nor a B-boy battle. Director Lee Gwang-suk and choreographer Lee Woo-jae strive to go beyond the existing dance genre to create something never done before. In pursuing that goal, Lee Kwang-seok, a former B-boy once recognized as one of Korea’s best street dancers, has recruited top-tier performers for this piece. It’s definitely one you won’t want to miss.

The performance starts from 8 p.m.

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

Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 1

(02) 3216-1185, www.sidance.org


Friday: “Yellow Monkey.” This production is a fast-paced multimedia dance collaboration between Korea’s Post Ego Dance Company and the Singaporean design group Collective Mayhem. The theme of “Yellow Monkey” centers on self-reflection about the dark and brutal aspect of human nature, focusing in on the anger expressed by people who live in modern cities.

The audience will see that although the performers and the creators of the work treat the theme very seriously, they also manage to poke fun at it. A combined work of multimedia art and modern ballet, Yellow Monkey will be another great program to see in this year’s SIDance series.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 3216-1185, www.sidance.org


Friday and Saturday: “Cyrano de Bergerac.” As part of the 9th Seoul Performing Arts Festival, you’ll be able to see the Japanese version of French classic “Cyrano de Bergerac” at Myeongdong Theater.

Suzuki Tadashi, the director of the work, says this French play has been popular in Japan for a long period of time. He chose the Japanese warrior Kyojo as the vehicle for an exploration of Japan’s interest in, admiration for and psychological dependence on the West.

In this performance, the audience will see the talented Bergerac’s own complex juxtaposed with Japan’s Western complex. This work raises questions about some of Japanese society’s most interesting aspects.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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

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


Sunday and Monday: “Tokyo Notes.” This award-winning drama by Japan’s Seinendan Theater Company describes the gradual disintegration of family relations in modern society, all set within an art museum. Since its premiere in 1994, “Tokyo Notes” has been localized numerous times and performed throughout the world. The plot revolves around a clutch of siblings mourning their dead sister, each with his or her own ideas about how to progress as a family.

The play will be staged at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday and 3 and 8 p.m. on Monday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4

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


K-League Soccer


Ulsan Hyundai vs. Gyeongnam FC

Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, 3 p.m.

Pohang Steelers vs. Gangwon FC

Steelyard Stadium, 3 p.m.

FC Seoul vs. Busan I’Park

Seoul World Cup Stadium, 5 p.m.

Chunman Dragons vs. Daejeon Citizen

Gwangyang Football Stadium, 7 p.m.


Jeju United vs. Incheon United

Jonghap Stadium, 3 p.m.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs. Gwangju Sangmu

Jeonju World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Seongnam Ilhwa vs. Suwon Bluewings

Seongnam Stadium, 5 p.m.

K-League Basketball


KCC Egis vs. Dongbu Promy

Jeonju Gymnasium, 7 p.m.


Etland Elephants vs. SK Knights

Incheon Samsan Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. KCC Egis

Sajik Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. Daegu Orions

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 5 p.m.


SK Knights vs. KT Sonic Boom

Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. Etland Elephants

Daegu Gymnasium, 5 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. Samsung Thunders

Ulsan Dongchun, 3 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. LG Sakers

Ahnyang Gymnasium, 5 p.m.


Mobis Phoebus vs. KT Sonic Boom

Ulsan Dongchun, 7 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. LG Sakers

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 7 p.m.



Friday to Sunday: It’s a great month in Seoul if you like jazz. The 6th Jarasum International Jazz Festival kicks things off this weekend, offers three full days of jazz performances. A wide range of local and foreign musicians will be on hand, including Chico & the Gypsies, Michael Schiefel, Richard Galliano, Maria Joao, Julien Wilson, Avishai Cohen, Enrico Rava New Quintet, Lee Sang Min Band, Seoul Steady Rockers and many more.

The festival will be held in the Jara Island region, which is located in the Gapyeong District in Gyeonggi Province.

Tickets range from 25,000 won to 50,000 won.

Take the bus from East Seoul Bus Terminal to Gapyeon.

1577-2365, www.jarasumjazz.com


Oct. 21 to 27: Coming on the heels of the Jarasum event, jazz lovers have a lot to look forward to this week as the Mac Jazz Festival rolls into town.

The event, which will be held in the Mapo Art Center’s Art Hall MAC of the Mapo Art Center, will bring together jazz performs from around the world, including those who earned their chops in Korea and Europe. Guest performers include Tommy Emmanuel, the Pablo Ziegler Trio, the European Jazz Trio, Winter Play and Woongsan.

Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist best known for his complex fingerpicking style, energetic performances and the use of percussion. Ziegler, who was born in Argentina, is a Latin Grammy-winning pianist who began performing a classical repertoire at the age of 14. In the early 1960s, influenced by Bebop and Dixieland music, he began playing jazz. It was while performing and arranging jazz that he formed the Pablo Ziegler Trio, which reflected Ziegler’s musical background through the presentation of jazz arrangements of classical music.

The European Jazz Trio is composed of Van Roon on the piano, Frans Van der Hoeven on bass and Roy Dackus on drum. The group crosses the boundaries between jazz, classical and pop music with surprising results. It albums have been given the Swing Journal Gold Disc award in Japan.

Winter Play is known as a jazz band that makes pop albums. This Korean group consists of leader and trumpeter Lee Joo-han, vocalist Moon Hye-won, guitarist Choi Woo-joon and the contrabasist So Eun-kyu. They released their first album in January and followed that up with a special album called “Hot Summerplay,” which nearly doubled their playlist. Their now-recognizable sound is a mix of pop, jazz, blues and bossa nova.

Woongsan is a Korean female jazz vocalist. A long-time veteran of the jazz circuit, she has two albums of her own and plays regular shows every week at jazz clubs, including Once in a Blue Moon and Janus. She is fluent in Korean, English and Japanese. The lyrics to her songs are mostly in English, though she has a number in Korean as well.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 77,000 won.

Daeheung Station, line No. 3, exit 2

(02) 3274-8600, www.mapoartcenter.or.kr
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