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2010.11.3 TICKET


The Masan Chrysanthemum Festival, which runs through Sunday in the southern port city, celebrates the flower with exhibitions, food tasting events and folk games. See FESTIVALS, below. [YONHAP]



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: 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 piece will be played by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jung Myun-hun. It is the third in the orchestra’s Mahler series.

The concert also features Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, who will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won ($27) to 100,000 won.

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

(02) 3700-6300, www.sac.or.kr


Goyang AramNuri Arts Center

Saturday: 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

1577-7766, www.artgy.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Nov. 11 to 12: The Korea Opera Group presents Golden Opera, a gala performance featuring arias from Vivaldi’s “Juditha triumphans,” Rossini’s “Semiramide,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and others.

Conductor Marco Zambelli leads the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and a group of renowned soloists.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 180,000 won

(02) 587-1950, www.sac.or.kr


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Chamber Hall

Nov. 12: This 56th annual concert features Mozart’s “Synfonia Concertante,” K. 364, and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” in C, Op. 48.

Park Tae-young conducts.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

(02) 399-1114, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Hoam Art Hall

Nov. 13: World-renowned classical guitarist David Russell is back in Korea after four years.

The program starts with a piece by French composer Francis Kleynjans. Russell will also perform his own arrangements of pieces by Fernando Sor, Louis Couperin and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Russell began playing the guitar at the age of 16 at London’s Royal Academy of Music and earned the title of most respected graduate.

The concert starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9

(02) 541-6236, www.hoamarthall.org



Nov. 13: This Danish alternative rock band has recently gained fame in the United States and around Europe for their unique sound and the high-pitched voice of lead singer Jonas Bjerre. Expect to hear songs from their latest albums “And the Glass Handed Kites” (2005) and “No More Stories...” (2009).

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are 88,000 won.

Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 457-5114, www.ax-korea.com


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 19: Tenor Jose Carreras is returning to Seoul. The concert program includes Italian composer Tosti’s “L’Ultima Canzone,” Italian songwriter Salvatore Cardillo’s “Core ’ngrato” (“Ungrateful Heart”) and more. He is joined by renowned Korean soprano Kang Hye-jung.

Carreras was a member of The Three Tenors along with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. His first performance in Korea was in 1979.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 250,000 won.

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

(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr



Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

To Friday: 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


Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black

To Sunday: 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.

Tickets range from 40,000 to 50,000 won.

Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9

(02) 2230-6600, www.cmah.or.kr


National Theater of Korea, Haneul Youth Theater

To Sunday: 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

1544-1555, www.ntok.go.kr


Sogang University Mary Hall

To Nov. 9: The Wagon Stage company is presenting Moliere’s “Scapin’s Deceits,” 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


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



Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju Folk Museum

To Sunday: 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


First Pier, Masan, South Gyeongsang

To Sunday: Masan, a port city on the southern coast, is an excellent area for growing chrysanthemums because of its mild weather. Around this time of year, Masan Port blooms with 500,000 chrysanthemum plants. The festival includes an exhibit of chrysanthemum products, photo contests, folk games and tasting events of food and tea made with chrysanthemum flowers.

From Seoul, take a bus or KTX train to Masan bus or train station.

(055) 225-3706, http://festival.masan.go.kr/gagopa


Cheonggye Stream, Seoul

Friday to Nov. 14: About 10,000 lanterns from 20 countries will brighten Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul for this annual festival. The lanterns will be lit during a colorful ceremony at Cheonggye Plaza on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be displayed for the duration of the festival in five zones from Cheonggye Plaza to Samilgyo Bridge. Related programs include lantern-making and traditional Korean music performances. Guided tours will be provided in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 4



Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory, Gunsan, North Jeolla

Nov. 10 to 14: This festival is for bird lovers. Activities include cultural events and exhibitions, taking field trips to observe migratory birds up close and watching movies about birds. Guided bus tours will also be available.

The observatory (known as Tamjohoerang in Korean) is a corridor built on the embankment of the Geum River, and is the only park of its kind in Korea. Children can also learn about ecology at Napo Cross Fields, near the park.

From Seoul, take a train to Gunsan Station.

(063) 453-7213, www.gsbird.co.kr


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.

From Seoul, take the KTX to Busan.

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

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