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2009. 12. 8 TICKET



Thursday to Friday: “The National Chorus of Korea ? Handel’s Messiah.” For its 129th regular concert at the Seoul Arts Center, the National Chorus of Korea will perform Handel’s “Messiah.”

The Messiah retells the life of Jesus Christ in a three-part composition, which has made it one of the most popular oratorios around the Christmas season.

Art Director of the National Chorus of Korea Na Young-soo will take the reins as the chief conductor for this concert.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 to 30,000 won ($8.68 to $26.04).

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

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


Friday: “Gil Shaham and the Sejong Soloists.” This coming Friday, the Sejong Soloists, a multinational classical ensemble made up of individually renowned musicians, is presenting a special collaboration with one of the greatest violinists of our time, Gil Shaham.

The Sejong Soloists have been recognized as a world-class orchestra by critics and the media and their versatile harmonies have consistently captivated audiences around the world.

American violinist Gil Shaham is widely recognized as one of the best violinists of his generation. As this is both his first visit to Korea and his first collaboration with the Sejong Soloists, the anticipation from fans of classical music in Korea has been huge.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 110,000 won.

City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 4

(02) 1544-1887, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Friday: “Haydn Trio Eisenstadt.” The piano trio known as the “Haydn ambassadors” will visit Korea for the first time next month as part of a world tour commemorating the bicentenary of the composer’s death.

Founded in 1992, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt consists of pianist Harald Kosik, violinist Verena Stourzh and cellist Hannes Gradwohl.

The trio has been praised by Westdeutsche Zeitung for their “extraordinary sense of articulation” and by MusicWeb International for their ability to “inhabit every nuance of Haydn’s drama, poignancy, pathos, humor and sheer love of life.”

The program features piano trios by Haydn (Nos. 45 and 43) and Schubert (No. 2).

There is also a piece by Korean composer Park Young-ran, which is appropriately titled “Piano Trio Dedicated to Haydn 2009.” This piece is part of a global project called Dedicated to Haydn, in which contemporary composers from different parts of the world are commissioned to write music dedicated to Haydn in the spirit of the late maestro’s famous words: “My language is understood throughout the world.”

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

Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 3

(02) 1577-7766, www.artgy.or.kr


Saturday: “Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra - Romantic Concert.” This is the 97th regular concert by the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

In this concert, the orchestra will convey the essence of Russian romanticism as embodied in the music of great Russian composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov and German composer Max Bruch. It will be conducted by Park Tae-young, a Russian music specialist.

The concert program includes an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin,” a violin recital of Bruch’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 led by Kim Ye-won, a prominent new talent in Korea’s classical music community and, as the finale, Sviridov’s orchestral suite “The Snowstorm.”

Each musical selection will be prefaced by explanations about their history and significance.

The concert starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 to 20,000 won.

City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 4

(02) 1544-1887, www.sejongpac.or.kr

OLYMPIC PARK, Gymnastics Stadium

Sunday: “Guns N’ Roses Concert.” It’s been years since legendary American rock band Guns N’ Roses has appeared in Seoul, and this Sunday, they make their return at the Gymnastics Stadium in Olympic Park.

Led by the band’s charismatic front man Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses has left an unprecedented legacy in rock ‘n’ roll history with their endless list of hits including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Don’t Cry,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “November Rain.”

Their performance in Seoul is part of their tour of Asia to promote the band’s first album in 17 years, entitled “Chinese Democracy.”

Having been one of the world’s most in-demand bands, Guns N’ Roses’ visit to Korea has been highly anticipated.

During their visit to Seoul, the band will play all of their classic hits as well as songs from their new studio album.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from 110,000 to 132,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 3141-3488, http://ticket.interpark.com


Sunday: “Helene Grimaud Concert in Seoul.” Helene Grimaud, also known as “the pianist who raises wolves,” is to have her first solo recital in Korea this December. As one of today’s most sought-after musicians, Grimaud has been praised for the exceptional range of music that she covers, which spans many different genres from classical to modern pop.

Not only does Grimaud possess beautiful looks, but she also delivers powerful and passionate performances that easily distinguish her from most other female musicians.

Outside of her musical passions, Grimaud raises three pet wolves in her home in Switzerland and oversees the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, which she founded in 1999.

During this concert in Seoul, Grimaud will be introducing a repertoire of songs featuring the music of Bach.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 to 80,000 won.

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

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



To Sunday: “Swan Lake.” The Seoul Arts Center and Korea National Ballet collaborate again this year for a grand production of Swan Lake.

Departing from the darker and more solitary tone of Tchaikovsky’s original, this version of Swan Lake by Russian choreographer Yuri Grigorovich incorporates a visually impressive presentation and a happy conclusion at the end.

Since its introduction to Korea in 1974, Swan Lake has been one of the most popular ballets presented here, especially around the Christmas season. Among the many variations of Swan Lake in existence today, the Yuri Grigorovich version is distinctive for its high production value and brazen theatrics.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 80,000 to 150,000 won.

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

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

OLYMPIC PARK, Big Top Theater

To Dec. 31: “Cirque Nut.” “The Nutcracker” has been reborn as “Cirque Nut” for this Christmas season. Combining classical ballet and circus acrobatics, Cirque Nut is an entirely unique show that takes Tchaikovsky’s all-too-familiar Nutcracker to the next level.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 30,000 to 130,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

(02) 525-9762, www.cirquenut.com


Thursday to Friday: “Now, Movement.”

The Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theater presents “Now, Movement,” an ensemble dance choreographed by three talented Korean artists: Park Jong-pil, Kim Nam-sik and Jo Ham-gyu.

The program consists of three sections, with each choreographer responsible for one part.

The first segment focuses on the different roles that fathers play in everyone’s life. In this part, Park uses body movement to paint a portrait of the many dimensions of fatherhood and the conflicts that every father eventually faces.

In another segment, choreographer Kim Nam-sik incorporates his own unique dance movements into his take on Oscar Wilde’s tragic play, “Salome.” Originally an opera by Richard Strauss, Salome exploits the things a person is willing to go through to fulfill their desires.

In the performance’s final segment, choreographer Jo Ham-gyu unfolds the histories of madness, passion, greed and life. As the dance progresses, the “river of eternity” reveals memories from the past.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 4

(02) 1544-1887, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Korean Basketball League


KT Sonic Boom vs. KT&G Kites

Busan Sajik, 7 p.m.

ET Land Elephants vs. Mobis Phoebus

Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, 7 p.m.


KCC Egis vs. Dongbu Promy

Jeonju Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

Samsung Thunders vs. SK Knights

Jamsil Stadium, 7 p.m.


Daegu Orions vs. LG Sakers

Daegu Indoor Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. ET Land Elephants

Busan Sajik, 7 p.m.


Samsung Thunders vs. KT&G Kites

Jamsil Stadium, 3 p.m.

KCC Egis vs. Mobis Phoebus

Jeonju Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. SK Knights

Wonju Chiak Gymnasium, 5 p.m.


ET Land Elephants vs. Daegu Orions

Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. KT Sonic Boom

Ulsan Dongchun, 3 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. LG Sakers

Anyang Stadium, 5 p.m.


SK Knights vs. ET Land Elephants

Jamsil Stadium, 7 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. KCC Egis

Daegu Indoor Stadium, 7 p.m.




Friday to Jan. 31: This winter a magnificent festival of lights will take place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of Korea’s most well-known tourist destinations.

A large tree will be set up and various other places will be decorated with lights in the Hoecheon-myeon, Yeongcheon-ri region.

The festival’s message of hope for the New Year is sure to resonate with anyone who visits Boseong this winter.

The festival features a Love Galaxy Light Tunnel, a green tea theme street and much more.

From Nambu Bus Terminal, take a bus to Boseong Bus Terminal. Then, take the bus bound for Nokchabat, which leaves from the stop in front of Boseong Bus Terminal.

(061) 652-2181, www.boseong.go.kr/en/


Friday to Dec. 18: Nowon Art Hall and the Mapo Art Center will host this year’s Seoul New Korea Music Festival.

The festival gives young performers of

gugak (traditional Korean music) greater

exposure by providing them with an

opportunity to showcase their talents

in front of large audiences. Included in

the list of this year’s performers are Leean,

a female singer who sang the theme song to the Korean drama “Daejanggeum”; Project Rock, a fusion rock band that specializes in gugak and fusion rock music; and appearances by several classical musicians including Rose Chang.

This festival offers listeners a chance to hear some of the wildest variations on gugak music around, with concerts by many of the up-and-coming fusion artists in the genre performing today.

Festival performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Prices range from 15,000 won to 20,000 won.

Nowon Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 591-3355, www.nowonart.kr

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