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2010.11.10 TICKET

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The Royal Concertogebouw Orchestra, recognized as one of the world’s best orchestras, will hold its first concert in Seoul in 14 years at the Seoul Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. Maestro Mariss Jansons conducts. See MUSIC, left. Provided by Kumho Cultural Foundation

MUSIC



GOLDEN OPERA

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Tomorrow to Friday: 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 soloists.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won ($27) to 180,000 won.

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

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



CHAMBER MUSIC 2010

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Chamber Hall

Friday: The Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s 56th annual concert features Mozart’s “Synfonia Concertante,” Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and more.

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) 399-1789~92, www.sejongpac.or.kr



ROYAL CONCERTOGEBOUW ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: Two years ago, a group of top critics in Britain’s Gramophone magazine ranked the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam as the world’s top orchestra. In its first concert in Seoul in 14 years, the orchestra, led by maestro Mariss Jansons, will perform Janacek’s “Taaras Bulba” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36.

Saturday: Violinist Gil Shaham will join the orchestra to play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. on both days.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 420,000 won.

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

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



DAVID RUSSELL

Hoam Art Hall

Saturday: 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



MEW LIVE IN SEOUL

AX-Korea

Saturday: 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



JOSE CARRERAS

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 19: Tenor Jose Carreras is returning to Seoul. This 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



ANNEKEI

Sangsang Madang, Live Hall

Nov. 20: Danish musician Annekei is famous for a style fusing jazz, pop, folk and R&B. She released her self-titled debut album in 2006 and won Best New Foreign Artist from Japanese jazz music magazine Adlib the same year. Opening the show will be Takashi Masuzaki, the guitarist for the Japanese jazz band Dimension.

The concerts start at 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets are 45,000 won.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(02) 582-4098, www.sangsangmadang.com



SEIL Korean Songs Concert

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 24: This concert features songs from the lyric opera cannon and features Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of renowned Korean opera stars, including sopranos Kim Young-mi and Kim Eun-ju, tenors Kang Mu-rim and Na Seung-suh and baritones Wo Ju-ho and Jang Yu-sang. Violinist Baek Ju-young will also perform.

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) 555-4713, www.sac.or.kr

2000-2010 KUMHO ART HALL

HIGHLIGHT

Kumho Art Hall

Nov. 18 to Dec. 23: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Kumho Art Hall is presenting a series featuring previous performers, including violinist Miriam Fried and pianist Jonathan Biss (Nov. 18, 19 and 23); cellist Sim Yun-suk (Nov. 24); pianist Choe Hui-yeon (Nov. 24 and Dec. 2); gayageum player Ji Aeri (Dec. 9); the Chamber Music Society featuring Kim Dae-jin, Oh Yun-ju, David Kim and others (Dec. 16); and the Kumho Asiana Soloists (Dec. 23).

All concerts are at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 8,000 won to 30,000 won. Tickets for the Dec. 16 concert are 30,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

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





THEATER



BALLET BLANC

Arko Arts Theater, Main Hall

Friday to Saturday: Ballet Blanc is celebrating its 30th anniversary with works by choreographers Kim Na-young and Huh Yong-soon. In “Night Scenes,” Kim offers a reinterpretation of “Giselle” and “La Sylphide.” Huh presents “El Susurro del Tiempo,” created in memory of Ballet Blanc teacher Hong Jung-hee.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 588-1848, http://artstheater.arko.or.kr/



SEOUL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center and other venues

To Sunday: 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



BILLY ELLIOT

LG Arts Center

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 men will alternate in the title role, including Im Sun-woo, who is the youngest person ever to play the character. It was nominated in 15 categories at the 2009 Tony Awards and ended up winning 10 of the major awards, including best musical.

Performances are at 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

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

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

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



TRADITIONAL KOREAN

PERFORMANCE



KOREAN CHARM, KOREAN BEAUTY

National Gugak Center, Main Hall

Tomorrow to Friday: This concert, held in celebration of the G-20 Summit, will express the beauty of Korea through traditional performing arts. The five works that are part of the program are Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea: Jongmyo jeryeak (royal ancestral shrine music), pansori (narrative singing), Cheoyongmu (Dragon King dance), Ganggangsullae (5,000-year-old circle dance) and namsadang nori (traditional music, dancing and acrobatics).

Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved on the theater’s home page. There are only 200 seats available and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

(02) 580-3300, www.gugak.go.kr



CHEONG

The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

Friday: In honor of the G-20 Summit, the National Changgeuk Company of Korea presents “Cheong,” a changgeuk (traditional Korean opera) work that originates from “Simcheongga,” one of the five surviving stories in the pansori tradition. The performance will be presented on a 16-meter (52.5 feet) rotating stage, and the music will be performed by more than 40 members of The National Orchestra of Korea.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Although the performance is for foreign diplomats, 100 general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for between 10,000 and 50,000 won.

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

(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr/english





FESTIVALS



GUNSAN INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL

Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory, Gunsan, North Jeolla

Today to Sunday: This is a festival for bird lovers. Activities include cultural events and exhibitions, field trips to observe migratory birds and films 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



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 BIENNALE

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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