Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,
The Seoul Metropolitan Chorus is holding a series of concerts this month.
Today: Opera Gala features arias from famous operas including Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Tomorrow and Friday: Study Concert consists of works 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 ($8.95) to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 399-1779, www.sejongpac.or.kr
DAEGU INTERNATIONAL OPERA
Daegu Opera House
To Saturday: This festival has established itself as one of Asia’s major opera events since its inception in 2003. “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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
SEOUL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Nov. 3: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) received harsh criticism for his Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan.” Ironically, it is now one of his most frequently performed works.
The work will be performed by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jung Myun-hun, and is the third in its Mahler series.
The concert also features Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, who will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3700-6300, www.sac.or.kr
ROBERT SCHUMANN AND CLARA WIECK: CHAMBER MUSIC
Goyang AramNuri Arts Center
Nov. 6: The love story of German composer Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck is well known. Schumann fell in love with his teacher Friedrich Wieck’s daughter Clara. In spite of opposition from her father, the couple eventually married, but Schumann died 16 years later at the age of 46. The concert consists of pieces the two made while they were married, including Schumann’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor, Concerto No. 4 in E flat minor and Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor.
The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 7
Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House
Friday and Saturday: The Lyon Opera Ballet presents Swedish choreographer Mats Ek’s radical retelling of the classic ballet “Giselle.”
Ek has transformed the naive country girl Giselle into a developmentally disabled woman who is trapped in her own world and bullied by the people in her village.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets cost 40,000 won to 130,000 won.
From Seoul, take the Bundang line to Imae Station, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(031) 783-8000, http://ticket.interpark.com
WAITING FOR GORDOT
Arko Arts Theater, Main Hall
To Sunday: The Sanwoollim Theatre Company is performing “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.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 334-5915, www.hanpac.or.kr
WORLD MUSIC BALLET PERFORMANCE
Gwacheon Citizen’s Hall, Small Theater
Nov. 4: The Seoul Ballet Theatre has collected a variety of music to make this performance as wide-ranging as possible. The World Music Ballet will use a mixture of pop, semiclassic, tango, flamingo, and traditional Korean folk music in the five-part series of ballet performances. The first performance is called “A Place Deep within the Heart,” and is accompanied by a Fritz Kreisler violin piece. Other performances include “Tango for Ballet,” “1x1=?” and “City Light.” The World Music Ballet Performance is a fusion of all kinds of music and dance.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 15,000 won.
Government Complex Gwacheon Station, line No. 4, exit 10
(02) 509-7700, www.gccs.or.kr
SHAKESPEARE’S EDWARD III
National Theater of Korea, Haneul Youth Theater
Nov. 3-7: Shakespeare’s last play Edward III will be performed for the first time in Korea by the Eurasia Shakespeare Theater Company.
Performances start at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2:30 and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Friday to Nov. 5: Universal Ballet is presenting a performance of “La Bayadere,” which also happens to be the farewell performance for 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 10,000 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
To Nov. 9: The Wagon Stage company is presenting 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 thanks to the actors’ acrobatics and the witty 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
TICK, TICK... BOOM!
Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black
To Nov. 7: This Broadway musical by American composer Jonathan Larson is being performed with a Korean cast. Larson won a Pulitzer and two Tony Awards for his musical “Rent.” The musical “Tick, Tick... Boom!” is about an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York in 1990. Jon’s friend wants him to join corporate America, while his girlfriend wants him to move to Cape Cod with her. But he doesn’t want to abandon the musical he’s worked on for the past five years and he has not yet given up faith that it will give him his big break. The story is autobiographical, as Larson himself had tried to establish himself in theater since the early 1980s.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 40,000 to 50,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
(02) 2230-6600, www.cmah.or.kr
SEOUL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center and other venues
To Nov. 14: SPAF 2010 will feature a variety of breathtaking performances, including plays, dances and multimedia work by 28 groups from Russia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Korea.
Performance times and ticket prices vary.
(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr
4TH SOLO PANSORI CONCERT
Hyundai Engineering and Construction Gallery Grand Theater
Saturday: 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 cost 30,000 won.
Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 4
(070) 4168-7758, www.oursound.co.kr
NAMDO FOOD FESTIVAL
Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheon, South Jeolla
Tomorrow to Sunday: The Namdo Food Festival is one of the largest of its kind in Korea.
The food in South Jeolla is known throughout Korea as some of the country’s finest and this festival allows visitors to try some of the area’s more famous dishes for themselves.
Festival visitors will be able to wander through stalls offering samples of some 700 dishes from 22 cities and counties in South Jeolla.
There will also be an exhibition about South Jeolla’s traditional Korean royal court food and demonstrations of folk games like tightrope walking and a clown performance, as well as performances of traditional Korean music and dance.
From the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Suncheon Terminal.
(061) 286-5240, www.namdofood.or.kr
Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju Folk Musuem
To Nov. 7: The biannual contemporary art show in the southwestern city features photographic, installation and media works by about 120 artists from 31 countries. The title of the biennale is “10,000 Lives,” or “Maninbo” in Korean, after the epic poem by renowned poet Ko Un.
Tickets range from 2,000 won for children to 14,000 won for adults.
From Seoul, take a flight to Gwangju Airport or take the KTX to Gwangju Station.
(062) 608-4114, www.gb.or.kr
MEDIA CITY SEOUL
Seoul Museum of Art
To Nov. 17: This showcase is focused on new media art. The 45 participating artist groups from 21 countries include famous names like British-American artist Sarah Morris. Among the Korean artists involved are Noh Sun-tag and Yangachi.
The show is entitled “Trust,” and organizers said the artwork on display will tell or ask what trust is, as the expansion of media brings about a distortion of information and the blurring of messages.
Exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Admission is free.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1
(02) 2124-8947, www.mediacityseoul.org
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 art 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.