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2010.11.17 TICKET


The cast of the opera “Love Letter” sings at a press preview at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts last week. The show takes viewers on a journey through the history of the city of Seoul. It runs from Dec. 1 to 4. See THEATER, below. [YONHAP]



Kumho Art Hall

Tomorrow 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


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: 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.

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

On Friday, he is joined by renowned Korean soprano Kang Hye-jung.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won ($44) to 250,000 won.

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

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


Sangsang Madang, Live Hall

Saturday: Danish musician Annekei is famous for 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



Saturday: The Flaming Lips will be live for a rare performance in Seoul on Saturday that shouldn’t be missed by fans of good music.

Having reinvented themselves in the last decade, The Flaming Lips have won Grammy Awards and praise for their albums “The Soft Bulletin” (1999), “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” (2002) and “At War with the Mystics” (2006), as well as their latest album “Embryonic.”

But The Flaming Lips are probably most well known for their outrageous and over-the-top live performances, which usually involve a bevy of homemade props, including strobe lights, smoke machines, silly costumes and a giant plastic bubble, which lead singer Wayne Coyne jumps into to surf the crowd.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are 99,000 won.

Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2

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

SEIL Korean Songs Concert

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 24: This concert features songs from the lyric opera canon, with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of opera stars providing the music, 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


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Dec. 4: Artists and musicians celebrate the 50th birthday of renowned traditional musician Hwang Byung-ki. The program will be hosted by Hwang and broadcaster Lee Geum-hee. Featured performers include the Kim Sam-jin Dance Company (traditional dance), Ahn Eun-mi (contemporary dance), Dasrum (Korean traditional music), Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar) and more.

The concert starts at 2 p.m.

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

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

(02) 548-4480, www.sac.or.kr


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 7: Handel’s “Messiah,” one of the most well-known religious works in the Western choral canon is the centerpiece of this year-end concert.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.

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

(02) 541-4533, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Daehangno Small Theater

Dec. 10 to Jan. 15: The legendary 72-year old guitarist known in Korea as the godfather of rock presents a month of concerts. He chose Daehangno Small Theater because it was where he performed in 1960 at the height of his career. He will perform his hits “Lover in the Rain,” “One Cup of Coffee,” “My Love,” “Beauty” and more.

Last December, Shin became the first Asian musician to have a tribute guitar made for him by Fender Musical Instruments Corp. He will play the tribute guitar, which was named the “Shin Joong-hyun Tribute Stratocaster,” at the concert.

Tickets are 50,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 764-4444



Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater

Nov. 20 to Dec. 5: The first play in the Seoul Arts Center’s masterwork series is a humorous and heartwarming story about a family struggling to survive the Korean War and its aftermath.

Kyungsook hates her father, a janggu (Korean drum) player who spends his time drinking instead of taking care of his mother, wife and two young daughters. When the war breaks out, he runs away, leaving his young daughters to look after the family. When he finally realizes his mistake, he returns for his family, only to discover that they have already moved on without him.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Nov. 20 show is at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 to 30,000 won.

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

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


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Nov. 25 to 28: Austrian composer Alban Berg’s opera “Lulu” will be presented in Korea for the first time. Lulu is the story of a woman who goes from the height of popularity to the depths of despair, and has many affairs in between. This opera is known for the discordant melody that makes the audience feel the characters’ emotions. Soprano Park Eun-ju appears as Lulu.

Performances start at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 to 150,000 won.

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

(02) 586-5282, www.sac.or.kr


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

Dec. 1 to 4: This performance tells the history of Seoul through the story of two young lovers. The story begins during the Joseon Dynasty, when the city was known as Hanyang, and moves to the Japanese colonial period, when the city was renamed Kyungsung. Eventually the performance gets to the present day.

The production is directed by Park Sae-won.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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

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

(02) 399-1114~6, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Dec. 7 to 12: The Korea National Ballet Company presents “Swan Lake” with special guest star Choi Yoo-hee, first soloist of London’s Royal Ballet. This will be Choi’s first performance in Korea.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 5,000 won to 100,000 won.

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

(02) 399-1114~6, www.sac.or.kr


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

Dec. 16 to 28: The Seoul Metropolitan Musical Theater presents an encore production of “Annie,” three years after it was first shown in Korea.

The 2007 production received the Best Foreign Musical Award at the Korea Musical Awards.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Performances start at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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

(02) 399-1772, www.sejongpac.or.kr


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



KB Haneul Youth Theater

Nov. 20: Han Seung-seok is a scholarly pansori (narrative singing) singer who inherited the traditional “Eastern style” of singing originated from Song Man-gap, which was then passed on to Pak Bong-sul, Ahn Sook-sun and now Han. Han’s singing is powerful, dignified, rigorous and precise in its depiction of each episode.

The performance starts at 3 p.m.

Tickets are 20,000 won.

(02) 2280-4115, www.ntok.go.kr



Cheonggye Stream, Seoul

To Sunday: This festival has been so popular that the Seoul Metropolitan Government extended it by one week. About 500,000 people attended in the festival’s first week, city officials said.

Traditional lanterns from 24 countries, including Japan, China, New Zealand and Thailand, have been especially popular with tourists for their splendid sizes and colors, the officials said.

The lanterns 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



Busan Museum of Art and other venues

To Saturday: 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 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 are 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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