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2010.11.24 TICKET

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Shin Joong-hyun, the 72-year-old guitarist known in Korea as the godfather of rock, presents a month of concerts at the Daehangno Small Theater in Seoul. Shin is the first Asian musician to have a tribute guitar made for him by Fender Musical Instruments Corp. See MUSIC, below. [JoongAng Ilbo]


MUSIC



SEIL KOREAN SONGS CONCERT

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: 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 ($26.50) to 100,000 won.

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

(02) 555-4713, www.sac.or.kr



RUSSIAN PIANIST MIROSLAV KULTYSHEV

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: In this concert celebrating 20 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia, Russian pianist Miroslav Kultyshev will play Chopin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, as well as Chopin polonaises, nocturnes and etudes. He will be joined by the Millennium Orchestra.

Kultyshev was the winner of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition and a finalist in the 2010 Chopin International Piano Competition.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.

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

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



SOPRANO INESSA GARANTE

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Dec. 1: Inessa Garante, who is originally from Latvia, became famous after her debut in 1995 with Giulio Caccini’s “Ave Maria.”

In this performance, Garante will sing “Lascia chi’io pianga,” from Friedrich Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” and “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Tosca,” among others.

Pop singer Kai will join Garante for a duet of “Libiamo” and “Time to Say Goodbye” from Giupseppe Verdi’s opera “La Traviata.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 90,000 won.

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

(02) 1544-1555, www.sac.or.kr



RICHARD CLAYDERMAN

Goyang AramNuri Arts Center and other venues

Dec. 3 to 10: Pianist Richard Clayderman brings his renditions of classical and pop songs to Korea, where he is doing a seven-city tour to Busan, Ilsan, Daegu, Jeonju, Changwon, Seoul, and Jinju. Clayderman’s album “Ballade Pour Adeline” has sold more than 22,000 copies. His repertoire includes Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” and classic Korean pop songs like “To J” (originally recorded by Shin Seon-hee) and “Invisible Love” (originally recorded by Shin Seung-hun).

Clayderman performs in Seoul at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Goyang AramNuri Arts Center and on Dec. 9 at Kyunghee University’s Pyunghwa Theater.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 120,000 won.

(02) 1688-2026, www.clayderman.co.kr



HWANG BYUNG-KI TRIBUTE CONCERT

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



HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’

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



2000-2010 KUMHO ART HALL HIGHLIGHT

Kumho Art Hall

To Dec. 23: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Kumho Art Hall is presenting a series featuring previous performers, including the 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).

The concert starts 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



ROCK LEGEND SHIN JOONG-HYUN

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.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets are 50,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1

(02) 764-4444





THEATER



30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘MADANG NORI’

Seoul World Cup Stadium

Saturday to Jan. 2: This performance celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Korean traditional performance “Madang Nori,” a mixture of music, dance and song. This performance will retell the story of “Chunhyang,” and starts off with a twist from the original by having the first scene of Chunhyang and Mongryong’s first night together rather than the original scene in which Chunhyang and Mongryong fall in love at first sight.

Performances start at 3 p.m.

Tickets range from 35,000 won to 45,000 won.

Seoul World Cup Stadium Station, line No. 6, exits 1, 2 and 3

(02) 747-5161



KYUNGSOOK, KYUNGSOOK’S FATHER

Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater

To Dec. 5: The first play in the Seoul Arts Center’s masterwork series is a humorous and heart-warming 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, 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



LULU

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Tomorrow to Sunday: 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 stars 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



LOVE LETTER

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 are 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



SWAN LAKE

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.

Shows are 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



ANNIE

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.

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

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

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

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



POET YI SANG DEC. 12

Hwaseong Art Hall

Dec. 18 to 26: Actor Bae Su-bin (SBS’s “Shining Inheritance” and MBC’s “Jumong”) stars in this show about the life of legendary poet Yi Sang.

Yi, who died at the age of 27, is one of Korea’s most celebrated post-modern poets and this year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. He experimented with new literary forms and undertook an exploration of his identity at a time when most other writers were writing about the political issues of the time.

The performance is open for people ages 16 and up.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and at 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 19.

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

Byeongjeom Station, line No. 1, exit 1 or 8

(031) 267-8888, http://hcf.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





FESTIVALS



DESIGN & ART FESTIVAL 2010

Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum

To Saturday: This festival highlights some of the latest trends in graphic art, sculpture, furniture and painting with pieces from a variety of emerging artists. Jung Chan-woo, a well-known young artist, will display his new work in a collection called “Shoot for Your Dreams.”

Tickets range from 4,000 to 8,000 won.

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

(02) 586-5282, www.designartfair.com



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