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2009. 11.18. TICKET



Tomorrow: “Berlin Trio.” The German classical music ensemble popularly known as the Berlin Trio are the featured artists in this concert.

Visiting Korea for the first time, the trio have been actively performing in Europe since their formation in 2007. Klaus Hellwig, a renowned pianist who is best known for his frequent appearances as a judge in numerous competitions in Europe, convinced his colleagues, violinist Christiane Edinger and cellist Lluis Claret, to form an ensemble of their own. Since all three members have played together frequently, the harmony between the three is flawless.

For this concert, the trio have prepared Schubert’s D. 898 and D. 929, which are piano suites particularly suitable for trio ensembles.

The concert will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 8,000 won to 30,000 won ($6.92 to $25.97).

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

(02) 6303-7700, www.kumhoarthall.com


Friday: “Han-na Chang Cello Recital.” Korean cellist Chang Han-na will hold a recital on Friday in Goyang, Gyeonggi.

Chang is considered one of the most important musicians of her generation. She began studying the cello at age 6 and in 1993 she enrolled in the pre-college division of the renowned Juilliard School as a cello prodigy.

This program will feature Brahms, with accompaniment by pianist Finghin Collins.

The concert will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 110,000 won.

Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3

(02) 749-1300, http://ticket.interpark.com


Friday: “Mischa Maisky Cello Recital.” World-renowned cellist Mischa Maisky performs as part of a nationwide tour that will take him to seven cities across the country.

Maisky studied music in Soviet Russia before immigrating to Israel in 1971. During his career, he has collaborated with many talented artists such as Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer (another recent visitor to Seoul), Leonard Bernstein and Giuseppe Sinopoli, while recording a number of studio albums for major labels.

For this tour in Korea, the virtuoso will be accompanied by his daughter, Lily, who is becoming a critically acclaimed pianist in her own right. The program for the tour will include classical pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 to 140,000 won.

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

(02) 580-1301, www.sac.or.kr


Nov. 23: “Love, Longings and a Hometown.” The renowned soprano Jeong Eun-sook is holding her recital at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts next week.

Jeong Eun-sook wants to remain a singer who touches audiences deeply, rather than a singer who just sings well.

Her father, the late Reverend Moon Ik-hwan, did not miss single performance, and once told her, “This performance relied solely on your voice. It failed to portray your inner world.”

Jeong keeps those words as a guiding principle in her life. It is clear from her performances that she has taken them to heart.

The concerts starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

(02) 3477-1338, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Today: “Rose and Mating Dance.” The choreographer Ahn Sung-soo presents a special reinterpretation of two musical masterpieces today.

The performance “Rose” is based on Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” which he composed in 1913 for the Ballet Russes. While it was originally composed as a dance, Stravinsky believed it was more appropriate to use as a performance piece after seeing the choreographed dance. Choreographer Ahn Sung-soo completed Rose in July 2009 after two years of work.

The second piece is Ahn’s interpretation of Ravel’s “Bolero” called “Mating Dance.” Maurice Ravel composed Bolero in 1928 for the dancer Ida Rubenstein. Ahn tried to include bright tones and modern movements in his choreography.

After receiving his BFA from Julliard, Ahn formed his own dance company in 1991 called the Ahn Sung-Soo Pickup Group, but the group disbanded in 1996. Ahn has worked with other choreographers and dancers in New York in performances at the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage and Dance Theater Workshop.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

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

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

(02) 399-1111, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Wednesday to Sunday: “Ballet Prince Hodong.” The Korea National Ballet presents a modern ballet inspired by the tragic Korean legend of Prince Hodong and his lover Princess Nakrang, which is set in the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo (37 B.C.-668).

The production includes more than 100 performers and 170 different costumes, intense lighting and spectacular stage effects. Artistic director Choi Tae-ji, choreographer Moon Byung-nam and costume designer Jerome Kaplan all come together for a highly anticipated and extravagant production.

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

Tickets range from 5,000 to 100,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 577-1987, www.sac.or.kr


Thursday to Sunday: “La Forza del Destino.” The Seoul Metropolitan Opera presents the famous Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi, “La Forza del Destino,” or “The Force of Destiny.”

Protagonist Leonora wants to marry her South American lover Alvaro, but her father disapproves. After her father challenges Alvaro in a duel, Alvaro accidentally kills her father who, as he is dying, curses his daughter. Alvaro and Leonara become separated and their journey to find one another begins, ending with another tragic death. This production incorporates hyper-realism, rather uncommon for an opera production, in order to maximize the emotional and dramatic impact of the plot.

Verdi is known as one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. This performance of La Forza del Destino is the final installment of the theater’s “Verdi Big Five Series” launched in 2007.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 20,000 to 120,000 won.

Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 4

(02) 399-1111, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Friday and Saturday: “A Dance Tribute to the Art of Football.” This is a brilliant juxtaposition of dance and football performed by a group of Norwegian dancers.

Choreographer Jo Strømgren turns the popular sport into a well-crafted dance piece. This tribute to the sport mingles movements and situations that can be spotted on the football field and puts them on stage, and recreates the energy and perspiration of the game with a comic touch.

The performance became an instant hit in Norway and won numerous awards across Scandinavia.

Strømgren studied for four years at the National College of Ballet and Dance in Oslo at the age of 20. He started his career as a dancer and choreographer at Carte Blanche, a contemporary dance company in Norway.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 40,000 to 50,000 won.

Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 4

(02) 399-1111, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Saturday to Monday: “Don Giovanni.” Kyung Hee University presents the Mozart classic “Don Giovanni,” which is set in Seville in the mid-17th century.

Known as one of the most enthralling and brilliantly constructed masterpieces in history, Mozart manages to challenge all of our senses and wows the audience with the perfect mix of tragedy and comedy.

The leading man is Giovanni, an arrogant and reckless nobleman. He has a long list of enemies who wish to see him fall. Yet, his servant, Leporello helps his master make his love conquests. Leporello helps Giovanni enter the chamber of Donna Anna, the beautiful daughter of an old Spanish Grandee, and attempts to carry her off, after having captured many other fair ladies of Seville. The plot reveals what happens to men who do wrong and must suffer the consequences of their actions.

The performance starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

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

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 577-1987, www.sac.or.kr


Korean Basketball League


LG Sakers vs. KT&G Kites

Changwon Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

SK Knights vs. Dongbu Promy

Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, 7 p.m.


KT Sonic Boom vs. KCC Egis

Busan Sajik, 7 p.m.


SK Knights vs. Mobis Phoebus

Jamsil Indoor Stadium, 7 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. LG Sakers

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 7 p.m.


KCC Egis vs. KT&G Kites

Jeonju Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. Daegu Orions

Busan Sajik, 3 p.m.

ET Land Elephants vs. Samsung Thunders

Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, 5 p.m.


LG Sakers vs. Daegu Orions

Changwon Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. Dongbu Promy

Ulsan Dongchun, 3 p.m.

SK Knights vs. KCC Egis

Seoul Student Gymnasium, 5 p.m.


KT&G Kites vs. Samsung Thunders

Anyang, 7 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. LG Sakers

Busan Sajik, 7 p.m.




To Sunday: This festival will be held along the Cheonggye Stream in the center of the city. Continuing a tradition that began six centuries ago in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), beautiful lanterns will sail down the stream each afternoon, enabling visitors to experience Seoul’s past, present and future at the same time.

The lanterns are divided into four sections: Kyoryu, Wonryu, Hallyu and Ilyu. The Kyoryu section will feature lanterns from Japan and beyond, including some shaped like umbrellas and shoots of bamboo, which recently wowed crowds at the Yamagata Lantern Festival in Kumamoto. The Wonryu section will present lanterns in the shape of animals from Korean history and mythology, including the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. In addition, there will be a tunnel made up of “wish lanterns,” all written by Seoulites. The Hallyu zone will feature a show of lanterns shaped like Seoul landmarks, such as Gyeongbok Palace and celebrities such as baseball pitcher Park Chan-ho and Korean wave star Lee Jun-kee. The Ilyu display will feature lanterns shaped like Seoul’s most modern architectural designs, as well as a few future-oriented concepts such as Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 and 2

(02) 3788-0882, www.visitseoul.net


To Dec. 27: Lotte World, a theme park in western Seoul, has already begun their Christmas festivities. The month-and-a-half long “Christmas Festival,” features a magical parade with artificial snow falling from inside a glass dome. Over 50 snow fans were installed to spray artificial snow during the event.

The Happy Christmas parade will take place Tuesday through Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, the musical show “Cinderella’s Christmas Party” will be held at 12:30, 4 and 8:30 p.m. every day at the Garden Stage.

Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and 8, exit 3

(02) 411-2000, www.lotteworld.com

Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.
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