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2011.1.19 TICKET

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“The Song of the Mermaid,” which will be performed from Friday to Sunday at Seoul Arts Center’s Towol Theater, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will feature ballerinas who previously performed in the leading role. See THEATER, below. Provided by the organizers


MUSIC



KIM GWANG-MIN, with guests YOON SANG and SUNG SI-KYUNG

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

Thursday and Friday: Pianist Kim Gwang-min introduced Koreans to jazz, new age, classical and other genres of music as the host of the MBC program “Wednesday Arts Stage.” At this concert, he will present some of his favorite songs, including “Shadow of the Moon” with special guests Yoon Sang (“For You” from 1992) and Sung Si-kyung (“Like the First Time” from 2001).

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 44,000 won ($39.40) to 110,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 3143-5155, www.sejongpac.or.kr



SEOUL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA MAHLER SERIES II

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: This is the second concert in the orchestra’s Mahler series this year.

In this performance, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.

Chung Myung-whun will conduct and 16-year-old pianist Cho Seong-jin will make a special guest appearance.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3700-6300, www.sac.or.kr



PIANIST YANG BANG EUN

AX-Korea

Friday and Saturday: Korean-Japanese pianist Yang Bang Eun, who is known as Ryu Kunihiko in Japan, has been a sensation since his 1996 debut album “The Gate of Dreams.” Since then, he has composed songs for films like “Thunderbolt” (1995) and “Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox” (2006), and the Japanese television drama “Melody” (1997).

He will play some of these songs at the concert, along with some of his greatest hits, including “Pan-o-rama.”

Concerts start at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are 44,000 to 99,000 won
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or http://ticket.interpark.com



DAVID BENOIT LIVE IN KOREA

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

Saturday: Jazz pianist David Benoit returns for his third concert in Korea. Benoit, a five-time Grammy Award nominee, stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart for eight consecutive weeks in 1998 with his song “Waiting for Spring.”

At the concert, he will perform songs from his albums and the soundtrack of the movie “Here’s to You, Charlie Brown.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 110,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 3143-5155, www.sejongpac.or.kr



FRANKIE J

Jangchung Gymnasium

Saturday: Mexican R&B singer Frankie J, a former member of the group Kumbia Kings, makes his first appearance in Korea this weekend.

“Don’t Wanna Try,” the first song from Frankie J’s debut solo album “What’s a Man to Do,” peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003. Later that same year he released his first Spanish-language album “Frankie J.” Since then, the singer has gone on to release four more albums - one Spanish and three English.

At the concert, he will perform hits like “Don’t Wanna Try,” “That Girl,” “Obsession” and “More than Words.” The set list is also likely to include his latest single “Crush,” which became a hit when it was released last year.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 132,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 2236-4197, www.jangchunggym.co.kr



KT TOGETHER

KT Chamber Hall

Saturday: This concert is part of KT Chamber Orchestra’s Saturday concert series, which is held every first and third Saturday of the month.

Guest artists for this concert include pianist Kim Yong-bae, the organizer of Seoul Art Center’s “11 O’clock Concert,” oboist Kim Mi-seung, violinist Um Sung-yong, cellist Lee Jung-ran and the Seoul Trombone Ensemble. The program includes music by English composer Malcolm Arnold, American composer Charles Ives and Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as pop standards like “Fly Me to the Moon.”

The concert starts at 4 p.m.
Tickets are 10,000 won.
Omokgyo Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 3414-2063, www.ktchamberhall.com



RACHAEL YAMAGATA & MAXIMILIAN HECKER

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

Sunday: The Miracle Music Series presents German pop musician Maximilian Hecker and American songwriter Rachel Yamagata.

Yamagata made her debut with her song “Happenstance” in 2004 and was praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard and Blender. Hecker debuted with his first album “Infinite Love Song” in 2001. The concert will be conducted like a relay, with the two artists taking turns performing throughout the evening.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 110,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 3143-5155, www.sejongpac.or.kr



KOREAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Jan. 27: The Korean Chamber Orchestra and Busan Boys Orchestra will perform works by Strauss, Brahms, Beethoven and more. The program includes Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” overture; Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5”; Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello,” Op. 56; Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons: Winter and Summer”; and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 732-3090, www.sac.or.kr



BRAVO! JAZZ LIFE CONCERT

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Jan. 28: Korea’s first generation of jazz musicians will perform together following their appearance last month in the documentary “Bravo! Jazz Life” by Nam Mu-sung. The film documents the musicians’ struggle to do what they love - play music. The movie culminates in a concert organized by a group of younger jazz musicians showcasing the talents of their elders.

Songs from the documentary will be performed at the Jan. 28 concert, including “Mo’better Blues,” “Whisper Not” and “Moonglow.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 77,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 6377-1250, www.sac.or.kr





PERFORMANCE



THE SONG OF THE MERMAID

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

Friday to Sunday: “The Song of the Mermaid,” celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was created by Kim Sun-hee, the founder of the Kim Sun-hee Ballet Company and a professor of dance at Korea National University of Arts.

This performance features all the ballerinas who previously performed in the leading role.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3216-1185, www.sac.or.kr



THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater

To Jan. 30: The legendary story of the three musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, returns to Korea, following sold-out houses the last time it was presented here.

Based on the 1884 novel by Alexandre Dumas, the play tells the story of d’Artagnan and his friends, the three musketeers.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; at 4 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2, exit 1
Walk 150 meters (about 500 feet) toward Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station.
(02) 2230-6624, www.musicalthreemusketeers.com



BILLY ELLIOT

LG Arts Center

To Feb. 27: 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 young 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. Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2 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



GISELLE

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Hall

Feb. 24 to 27: The Korea National Ballet presents the Paris Opera Ballet’s version of “Giselle” for the first time in Korea.

The ballet tells the story of a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies but comes back as a ghost to protect her lover, Albert, from a group of evil female spirits called the Wilis.

The ballet was first presented by the French company in 1841 and the choreography is based on the original work by French master Marius Petipa.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and 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) 587-6181, www.sac.or.kr





TRADITIONAL KOREAN PERFORMANCE



GONGMYEONG CONCERT

Seoul Namsan Gugak Center

To Sunday: The band Gongmyeong - with members Park Seung-won, Song Kyung-geun, Lim Yong-ju and Kang Sun-il - fuses traditional and modern music to create a unique sound.

In this concert, they will play some of their songs on bamboo instruments. There will also be opportunities for the audience to try out the instruments on stage.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are 25,000 won.
Chungmuro Station, line Nos. 3 and 4, exit 4
(02) 2261-0512~15, www.sejongpac.or.kr





FESTIVALS



PYEONGCHANG TROUT FESTIVAL

Pyeongchang, Gangwon

To Jan. 31: Pyeongchang is an alpine county and a haven for winter sports with an abundance of snowfall.

Throughout January, the county holds a festival of snow, ice and trout fishing on a 33,000-square-meter lot situated 700 meters above sea level.

(033) 336-4000, www.festival700.or.kr



FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

Dahyanggak and Butjae Tea Plantations, Boseong, South Jeolla

To Feb. 6: Boseong, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Seoul, is one of the major tea production areas in South Korea.

Festival installations include large Christmas trees, illuminations and a tunnel of light called the “Milky Way Tunnel of Love,” which was built along paths of green tea plantations to offer fantastic night views.

(061) 850-5223, www.boseong.go.kr/ko/culture/events/light_festival



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