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British arena rock group Muse is returning to Korea for “The Resistance Tour in Seoul” at Olympic Park Gymnasium in southern Seoul. The concert starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. See MUSIC, left. [JoongAng Ilbo]

MUSIC



KUMHO ART HALL

Tomorrow: “Kim Sun-wook’s Piano Recital.” Celebrated pianist Kim Sun-wook has a solo recital tomorrow.

Having first struck the piano keys at the age of 3, Kim had won most of the major domestic piano competitions by age 10. He skipped high school to enter the Korea National University of Arts and study under the distinguished pianist and professor Kim Dae-jin. By age 18, he had made headlines for winning major international piano competitions.

The performance will feature Schubert’s “Fantasia” for piano in C major (D. 760, Op. 15) and “Four Impromptus” (D. 899, Op. 90), the Korean premiere of Dai Fujikura’s “Joule” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The recital starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 8,000 won to 30,000 won ($7 to $26.15).

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

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



OLYMPIC PARK GYMNASIUM

Tomorrow: “Muse: The Resistance Tour in Seoul.” 2010 will get off to a rocking good start when British arena rock group Muse returns to Seoul for their long-awaited concert tomorrow.

Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including progressive rock, classical music and electronica. Muse has released five albums including “Black Holes and Revelations” in 2006, which earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for that year.

With critics comparing their latest album to that of the band Queen, the Olympic Park Gymnasium will be the optimal venue for the band’s front man Matthew Bellamy to go for the dramatic.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 99,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Grand Theater

Saturday: “New Year’s Concert by the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.” The Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra will welcome the New Year with an energetic and lively concert of orchestral music, featuring a more than 200-member chorus, top-class soloists and the magnificent sounds of the organ.

This concert, which features 70 minutes of Beethoven’s symphony “Choral,” will be the final program in the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s three-year series titled “Beethoven Stories.” The Beethoven symphony Choral, which has been recognized as one of the most outstanding masterpieces among Western classical music, is part of Unesco’s Memory of the World register.

The concert starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 5,000 won to 25,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

1544-1887, www.sejongpac.or.kr



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Concert Hall

Saturday: “New Year’s Concert of the KBS Symphony Orchestra.” To further enliven the spirit of the new year, the KBS Symphony Orchestra is holding a new year’s concert with maestro Ham Sin-ik and renowned violinist Chen Xi.

Chen Xi, famous for winning the top prize at a Tchaikovsky competition with an injured arm, will be showcasing his talent in front of a Korean audience for the first time during this concert.

The concert program includes pieces by Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, Alexander Borodin, Louis-Hector Berlioz and Alberto Ginastera.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

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



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Concert Hall

Jan. 12: “Gangnam Symphony 2010 New Year Concert.” The Gangnam Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the new year with a concert next week. Cellist Lee Yu-jeong and pianist Jo Jae-hyeokl will perform in this concert, conducted by Suh Hyun-suk.

Cellist Lee will be playing “Rococo Variation” on the theme Op. 33 by Tchaikovsky and pianist Jo will be playing Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major by Liszt.

Joining the orchestra as a special guest is flutist Julien Beaudiment. Born in 1978, Beaudiment studied at London Guildhall School of Music and in Paris.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

1588-7890, www.sac.or.kr



OLYMPIC PARK GYMNASIUM

Jan. 17: “Hyundai Card Super Concert VII: Green Day.” Pop punk superstars Green Day are holding their first concert in Korea, and are coming armed with the set list from their critically acclaimed rock opera record, “21st Century Breakdown.”

Green Day is an American rock trio formed in 1987. The band was originally part of the punk rock scene in Berkeley, California. Its early releases for independent record label “Lookout! Records” earned them a grassroots fan base.

The band’s major label debut “Dookie” (1994) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million copies worldwide.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 88,000 won to 99,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



THEATER



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, M Theatre

To Jan. 21: “The Winter’s Tale.” A family drama for this winter, the Shakespeare play “The Winter’s Tale” will be presented by the Seoul Metropolitan Theater.

This heartwarming story takes place in the two kingdoms of Bohemia and Cecilia, and revolves around love and jealousy, farewells and encounters, and forgiveness and reconciliation.

The performances begin at 2 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays and at 2 and 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are no performances on Mondays.

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

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 399-1135, www.sejongpac.or.kr



NAMSAN GUGAKDANG

To March 24: “White Crane Dance.” Located inside Namsan Hanok Village, Namsan Gugakdang has made a name for itself as a center of traditional theater and song in Seoul.

On Wednesday nights through March, Namsan Gugakdang will present the “White Crane Dance” as part of its regular program.

At today’s inaugural event, in addition to the regular performance, artist Gu Young-hee will be making a special guest appearance.

As the director of the Korean Dance Society and a professor at Kyungsung University, Gu Young-hee will demonstrate several traditional dance forms, including musanhyang, hyangbalmu and halryangmu.

The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Tickets cost 10,000 won for children and 20,000 won for adults.

Chungmuro Station, lines No. 3 and 4, exit 4

(02) 2261-0513, www.sejongpac.or.kr/sngad/



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Opera Theater

Jan. 12 to 13: “Etoile Ballet Gala.” This gala performance will feature some of the biggest stars in ballet and beloved ballet works, including “Don Quixote” and “The Dying Swan.”

Accompaniment will be provided by guest artists including piano prodigy Kim Sun-wook and violinist Jang Woo-jin.

The performance features top ballet dancers from around the world including Kim Ji-young, who is a member of the Korea National Ballet, and Tamas Nagy, a member of the Dutch National Ballet. Korean-Japanese ballerina Yasumura Kazue will team up with dancer Yusuku Osozawa for two pieces, while two dancers from a renowned European troupe will also join the cast.

Pianist Kim, 21, has won major international piano competitions throughout his career, including the 2004 Ettlingen in Germany and the 2005 Clara Haskil in Switzerland.

He was Asia’s first winner of the 2006 Leeds prize, becoming the world’s youngest winner in 40 years.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.

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

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





SPORTS



Korean Basketball League

Wednesday

SK Knights vs. LG Sakers

Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. KCC Egis

Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

Thursday

KT&G Kites vs. Daegu Orions

Anyang Stadium, 7 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. Samsung Thunders

Wonju Chiak Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday

SK Knights vs. KCC Egis

Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

Mobis Phoebus vs. LG Sakers

Ulsan Dongchun, 7 p.m.

Saturday

ET Land Elephants vs. Samsung Thunders

Incheon Samsan World Stadium, 3 p.m.

Daegu Orions vs. Dongbu Promy

Daegu Indoor Gymnasium, 3 p.m.

KT&G Kites vs. KT Sonic Boom

Anyang Stadium, 5 p.m.

Sunday

KCC Egis vs. Mobis Phoebus

Jeonju Stadium, 3 p.m.

SK Knights vs. ET Land Elephants

Jamsil Students’ Stadium, 3 p.m.

LG Sakers vs. Daegu Orions

Changwon Indoor Stadium, 5 p.m.

Tuesday

LG Sakers vs. KT&G Kites

Changwon Indoor Stadium, 7 p.m.

KT Sonic Boom vs. Dongbu Promy

Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, 7 p.m.

www.kbl.or.kr





FESTIVALS



SUPIA WHITE FESTIVAL, Ttukseom

To Feb. 21: This winter, Seoul’s only four-season outdoor theme park, Supia, is hosting the Supia White Festival on its grounds.

In the spirit of the holidays, the entire facility will be covered in white snow.

People can make snowmen in a large snow field or go sledding at “Ice Village.”

Beautiful holiday decorations await visitors at “Snow Light Village,” while “Play Village” houses 3-D movies and exciting games and rides.

The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The entrance fee ranges from 3,000 won to 5,000 won.

Ttukseom Resort Station, line No. 7, exit 2 or 3

(02) 761-8204, www.supiapark.com



PYEONGCHANG TROUT FESTIVAL, Gangwon

To Jan. 31: The Pyeongchang Trout Festival will continue through the end of the month in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang District. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs and more.

There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding four-wheel ATVs, snow rafting and sleigh trains.

Any trout caught via ice and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.

Take an express bus from Seoul’s Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.

Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2

(033) 1300, www.festival700.or.kr



ASSITEJ KOREA WINTER FESTIVAL, Daehangno District

Saturday to Jan. 17: The International Association of Theater for Children and Young People, or ASSITEJ, has hosted the ASSITEJ Winter Festival for the past six years.

It is the largest youth theater festival in Korea.

The companies in the festival use their imaginative visions to guide their stories.

This year’s festival will feature eight works, four of which are presented by international theater companies and four presented by domestic groups.

The stories vary from remakes of traditional Korean folktales to sci-fi puppetry.

The festival’s opening piece is “Blue Hour,” which advocates a pro-environment message through a presentation of the problems facing Korea’s swamps and mudflats. The production was created through a collaboration between young artists from Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4

(02) 745-5874, www.assitejkorea.org


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