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2010.10.20 TICKET


Two actors perform in the musical “The Palace,” based on a bestselling comic book and television drama of the same name. The musical continues through Saturday at Theater Yong at the National Museum of Korea. See THEATER, below. [YONHAP]



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Tomorrow: The Korean Symphony Orchestra is holding its 170th concert, entitled “The Romantic.” It includes Bed?ich Smetana‘s “?arka” from “Ma Vlast” (“My Fatherland”), Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.

The orchestra will be conducted by Heechuhn Choi of the Saxon State Opera Dresden. Cellist Sung-Won Yang, professor of cello at Yonsei University and artistic director of the LIG Chamber Music School, is the special guest.

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) 523-6258, www.sac.or.kr


Sangmyung Art Center, Main Theater

Friday: The ABBA Girls, a tribute band for Swedish pop group ABBA, are holding a concert featuring two programs.

The Magic of Musicals program features songs from famous musicals such as “Dream Girls,” “Les Miserables,” and “Miss Saigon.” The second program, entitled ABBA Girls the Band, features famous songs by ABBA such as “Dancing Queen” and “I Have a Dream.”

Tickets range from 20,000 won ($17.70) to 70,000 won.

City Hall Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 4 or 7

(02) 2287-7186~7, www.smarts.or.kr



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: This concert honors 20 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia and features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, the Polonaise from “Eugene Onegin” and Rachmaninov’s Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor.

Maestro Gum Nanse will conduct the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra and Ian Yungwook Yoo is the featured pianist.

The concert starts at 8:00 p.m.

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

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

(02) 523-6258, www.sac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Saturday: Leading Asian pop stars will gather in October to create a festive mood ahead of the G-20 Summit in November.

The Asia Song Festival is an annual pop music event in Korea. All proceeds will be donated to Unicef and earmarked for children in flood-stricken Pakistan. Fifteen artists or bands from seven countries will participate, including some of the biggest names in K-pop: Rain, Lee Sung-chul, Kara, 2AM, 4Minute and Beat. The lineup also includes Jane Zhang, known as China’s Mariah Carey for her high octave range, Taiwanese singer and entertainer Joe Cheng and Malaysian singer-songwriter Michael Wong.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but the ticket coupon must be downloaded from the Web site.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7

(02) 2240-8801, www.asf.or.kr


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Chamber Hall

The Seoul Metropolitan Chorus is holding a three-concert series this month.

Oct. 26: The series opens with Chorus in October, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, “Schicksal,” and Mozart’s Turkish March.

Oct. 27: The second program, Opera Gala, features arias from famous operas including Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Oct. 28 & 29: The final program, Study Concert, consists of pieces used in music colleges’ entrance exams, including Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” and Scarlatti’s “Le Violette.”

The concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

(02) 399-1779, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Oct. 26: Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform in Seoul as part of the HyundaiCard Super Concert series. This will be the well-known virtuoso’s first concert in Korea in 19 years.

The program features Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major and shorter pieces by Brahms and Schumann.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 80,000 won to 200,000 won.

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

(02) 02-580-1300, http://privia.hyundaicard.com


Daegu Opera House

To Oct. 30: This festival has established itself as one of Asia’s major opera events since its inception in 2003. The festival includes productions from Korea and abroad and features “The Barber of Seville,” “Andrea Chenier,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Simsan Kim Chang-sook” and “La Traviata.”

Performance times vary.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won.

From Seoul, take a bus or KTX train to Daegu.

(053) 666-6111, www.diof.org



National Museum of Korea, Theater Yong

To Saturday: This musical is based on bestselling Korean comic book “The Palace,” which has sold a record 1.4 million copies. The original television drama of the same name had an audience share of close to 30 percent. The musical focuses on the romance between a young woman and man from different classes.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 100,000 won.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2

1544-5955, http://ticket.interpark.com


Arko Arts Theater, Main Hall

Friday to Oct. 31: The Sanwoollim Theatre Company performs “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett as part of the 2010 Seoul Theatre Olympics. The production is directed by Lim Young Woong.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

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

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 334-5915, www.hanpac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Oct. 29 to Nov. 5: Universal Ballet presents a performance of “La Bayadere.” It will be the final performance of ballerina Lim Hye-kyung.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There is no performance on Nov. 1.

Tickets range from 10,00 won to 100,000 won.

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

(070) 7124-1733, www.sac.or.kr


Sogang University Mary Hall

Oct. 28 to Nov. 9: The Wagon Stage Company presents Moliere’s comedy, which tells the story of the trickster Scapin and how he helps two young couples stay together. The tale is brought to life through the actors’ acrobatics and the wit of the original script.

This is the first time in 17 years that the play has been performed in Korea.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are 20,000 won.

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 6

(02) 705-8743, www.wagonstage.com or http://ticket.interpark.com



The National Center for Korean Traditional

Performing Arts, Umyeon-dang

Oct. 26: Lim Ji-ho, a food specialist and author of “My Soul is the Plate, Heaven and Earth is the Food,” will be the special guest for the sixth Korean traditional classic music concert here during October.

There will also be a duet performance of the traditional string instrument gayageum and wind instrument saenghwan.

The performance starts at 11 a.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 to 35,000 won.

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

(02) 580-3392, www.gugak.go.kr


Hyundai Engineering and Construction Gallery Grand Theater

Oct. 30: Renowned pansori artist Jeong Kyeong-hwa will perform with 10 b-boy teams. The performance fuses pansori (narrative singing) with modern b-boying. The program also includes a gugak (Korean traditional music) performance for children.

The performance starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are 30,000 won.

Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 4

(070) 4168-7758, www.oursound.co.kr



Near Gwangalli Beach and Gwangan Bridge

Thursday to Saturday: The festival, now in its sixth year, has some new elements for fireworks fans.

On opening day, there will be a concert by BoA and Super Junior. Pan-Asian actress Choi Ji-woo will also sign autographs for fans.

On Friday night, the main event is a 60-minute “fireworks musical” featuring fireworks teams from China, Italy and Portugal.

The highlight of the festival, a massive fireworks show over the Gwangan Bridge, will take place on Saturday night.

From Seoul, take a KTX train to Busan.

(051) 888-3395, www.bff.or.kr


Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Bongsan Cultural Center and other venues

To Sunday: The Daegu Photo Biennale will exhibit works by more than 240 artists from 22 countries, most of whom are Asian or European.

The main exhibition is entitled “true(E)motion.” The subsections are entitled “Seconds of Life,” “Breaking the Edge” and “Helsinki School.”

The “Helsinki School” section exhibits work by the most well-known artists to come out of the school, including Ulla Jokisalo and Jorma Puranen.

Admission is 5,000 won for adults, 3,000 won for teens and 2,000 won for children.

Go to Seongdangmot Station, Daegu Subway line No. 1, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.

(070) 7552-2445, www.daeguphoto.com



National Museum of Korea, Open Lawn

Oct. 23: This festival allows visitors to experience the seven major religions of Korea: Buddhism, Confucianism, Protestantism, Catholicism, Won-Buddhism, Cheondogyo (the religion of the heavenly way), and the Religion of the People. There will be traditional music performances, magic shows, face painting and more.

The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 542-6118


Busan Museum of Art and other venues

To Nov. 20: The title of this year’s biennale is “Living in Evolution,” and is based on the idea that art, in all its various forms, has contributed to the intellectual evolution of the human race.

The artistic director is independent Japanese curator Takashi Azumaya.

The main exhibition features works by 72 artists from 23 countries.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets cost 7,000 won for adults and 4,000 won for students at the door, or 5,000 won and 3,000 won in advance.

(051) 503-6111, http://2010.busanbiennale.org

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