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2010.8.4 TICKET


Kim Sung-yeon plays Cinderella in the ballet, “Being Cinderella,” which twists the age-old fairy tale and replaces the heroine’s glass slippers with bright red shoes symbolizing desire. Performances are this week at the Daehangno Arts Center. See THEATER, below. Provided by Now Dance Co.



Dream Forest, Performance Hall

To Aug. 31: This is a lively concert series that runs every Tuesday this month. On Aug. 10, the performance is by Banda Axe, one of the few Korean bands to mix African rhythms with Brazilian samba and Caribbean music.

The series continues with tango music by La Ventana on Aug. 17, the sounds of bossa nova by La Duo on Aug. 24 and reggae and Afro-beat by the Soul Steady Rockers on Aug. 31.

Performances start at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost 1,000 won ($ 0.85).

Mia Samgeori Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 2289-5401~8, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seoul Forest

To Aug. 15: Relay Rock Festival is the second part of the Starry Night Festival and many well-known Korean rock bands will be performing, including Oh! Brothers, Crying Nut, Kang San-ae and Indi Band Hello Sea.

The third part of the festival will begin Aug. 21 with Korean traditional music.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Admission is free.

Ttukseom Station line No. 2, exit 8

(02) 399-1609, www.sejongfestival.net


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater

Tuesday: This is a gala concert with the Beseto Opera. The Seoul Sejong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform well-known songs from well-known operas including “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart, “La Bohme” by Giacomo Puccini, “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi and “Carmen” by Georges Bizet.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.

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

(02) 3476-6224~5, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Seoul Arts Center, Recital Hall

Saturday: This concert aims to teach young people about classical music through performances of works by major composers and explanations about the various kinds of wind instruments in an orchestra, including flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. The program includes Beethoven’s “Rondo in F” and Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals.”

The concert starts at 3 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 15,000 won.

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

(02) 2231-9001, www.sac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Recital Hall

Sunday: Graduates of Mannes College of Music come together for a concert. The program includes “Seven Arie con Tromba Sola for D Trumpet” by A. Scarlatti; String Quartet No. 6 in F minor by F. Mendelssohn; Piano Trio in D minor Op. 32 by A. Arensky and many more.

The concert starts at 3 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 15,000 won.

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

(02) 586-0945, www.sac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Recital Hall

Sunday: This concert opens with a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata No. 21 and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 13. It continues with John Carter’s, “Sometimes, I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” by Frederick Loewe, which was featured in the musical, “My Fair Lady.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

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

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

(02) 332-5545, www.sac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Aug. 12: This concert, organized by the Seoul Shinmun, presents music from well-known movies in a concert for the whole family. The featured movies include “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Runaway Bride.”

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

(02) 2000-9751~3, www.sac.or.kr



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Aug. 16: Nanse Gum, who is known as the Leonard Bernstein of Korea, conducts the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that aims to deliver a message of peace to the world. The program includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E♭major K. 271 and Lee Sung-hwan’s “Eternity of Spirit.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 100,000 won.

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

02-3473-8744, www.sac.or.kr



Lotte World

To Friday: This play is based on a historical fairy tale about the daughter of King Pyungwon of Goguryo.

When they meet, the man the princess falls in love with is known as Babbo Ohndal (Stupid Ohndal). Later, he becomes a general.

The play will be presented at the 2010 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Aug. 13 to Sept. 5.

Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets cost 30,000 won.

Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 4

(02) 583-7393, http://ticket.interpark.com/global


Daehangno Arts Center

Today and Thursday: In this version of the classic children’s tale presented by Now Dance Co., Cinderella’s clear glass slippers are a shade of red, representing the human desire for wealth.

This ballet mines the core of human desire, which, even when fulfilled, leads humans to search for more.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Hyehwa Station line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 3674-2210, http://ticket.interpark.com/global


Dream Forest Art Center

Friday to Saturday: William Shakespeare’s classic play is being staged by the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre.

Performances start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets cost 5,000 won.

Mia Samgeori Station, line No.4, exit 1

(02) 2289-5401, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seongnam Arts Center

Saturday to Aug. 15: Himchan and his brothers live in a small village with a kind old lady. When she dies, the lawyer in charge of executing the lady’s will tries to deal with the matter quickly by sending all the children to a childcare facility. To avoid being separated, the children plan to hold an audition to select a new mother to be their legal guardian.

Performances are at 3 and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets cost 50,000 won for adults and 30,000 won for students.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1

1544-8117, http://ticket.interpark.com


LG Arts Center

Aug. 13 - open run: Based on the movie of the same name, and with music by Elton John, this musical has been a mega-hit worldwide. This is the first non-English language production of the show, which was previously produced in Britain, Australia and the United States. Four young men will alternate in the title role, including Im Sun-woo, who is the youngest person ever to play the character. The production premiered in March 2005 and more than 2,000 performances were presented there until the show opened on Broadway in November 2008. More than 4 million people around the world have seen the show, which was nominated in 15 categories at the 2009 Tony Awards. It won 10 of the major awards, including Best Musical.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. There is no performance on Mondays.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

(02) 3446-9630, www.musicalbillyelliot.co.kr



Seoul Namsan Gugakdang

To Nov. 1: This performance is designed to teach children about traditional Korean music. Children will learn Korean folk stories and songs and traditional Korean rhythms and dances.

Tickets cost 10,000 won.

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

(02) 584-9039, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seoul Namsan Gugakdang

To Friday: The concert is organized into two parts. The Star Light section features jazz and classical music for traditional Korean instruments. The Moon Light section features more music and a free sampling of organic makgeolli (Korean rice wine). The event features performances by the kinetic traditional Korean music group Yien and the fusion traditional Korean music group Easternox.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost 1,000 won. The makgeolli is free of charge.

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

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



Haeundae and other major beaches in Busan

To Monday: The Busan Sea Festival has opened on Aug. 1 every year since 1996 with events on the beaches of Busan, including Haeundae Beach and Gwanganli Beach. The festival offers events and performances showcasing the city. Events include an international beach dance festival, a rock music festival, an international beach skateboarding competition, hip-hop and magic evnts and activities such as swimming, yachting and windsurfing.

From Seoul, take the KTX from Seoul Station to Busan Station.

051-888-3395, visit www.seafestival.co.kr.


Jochiwon, South Chungcheong

Saturday to Sunday: The peach is one of the fruits that represents summer in Korea. This festival offers cooking displays, performances of folk plays, peach picking, a singing contest, a peach-eating competition and facial massages with peach seed oil.

From Seoul, take a train to Jochiwon.

041-865-2505, www.peach.or.kr


Gangjin, South Jeolla

Saturday to Aug. 15: Goryeo celadon is one of Korea’s unique cultural assets and enjoys international acclaim. To see the secrets of making Goryeo celadon, take a trip to Gangjin, the birthplace and a major production base of the pottery in South Jeolla. Festival events include workshops, exhibitions, performances of traditional and contemporary music and dance and “do-it-yourself” events. A sea parade of 50 ships in the waters off of Gangjin Bay will enhance the festive mood on opening day.

From Seoul, take a train to Gangjin.

1688-1305, www.gangjinfes.or.kr.


Chuncheon Puppet Theatre and other venues in Chuncheon, Gangwon

Monday to Aug. 15: Chuncheon is a mecca for puppet dramas, a reputation that has been enhanced with the opening of the Chuncheon Puppet Theatre and the Puppet Drama Museum. A total of 80 professional puppet drama troupes from Germany, France, Japan, Belgium and Russia will perform.

From Seoul, take a train to Chuncheon at Chunryanri Station.

033-242-8450, www.cocobau.com.


Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang

Aug. 11 to 15: A re-enactment of a heroic sea battle held 417 years ago will be conducted from Aug. 11 in the sea off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang. In the Hansan Daecheop, or Great Battle of Hansan, Korean naval ships led by Adm. Yi Sun-shin destroyed an invading Japanese armada. Over 100 ships will take part in the re-enactment, which will be the highlight of this festival.

From Seoul, take a train from Seoul Station to Tongyeong.

055-644-5222, www.hsdf.or.kr.

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