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2011.2.23 TICKET

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Members of the Korea National Ballet perform in the Paris Opera Ballet’s version of “Giselle” which is being presented the first time in Korea at the Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Theater from tomorrow to Sunday. See THEATER, below. Provided by the Korea National Ballet


MUSIC


PIANIST ANDRAS SCHIFF

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: Hungarian-born British classical pianist Andras Schiff will take the stage to perform his second concert in Korea since 2008. Schiff won a Grammy Award for best instrumental solo performance in 1990 for his version of Bach’s “English Suites,” and in 2007 he won the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. Schiff is one of the most renowned interpreters of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. In this concert, however, Schiff will focus solely on pieces by Beethoven, including Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 209; Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110; and Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 541-3183, www.sac.or.kr


THE KBS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: The KBS Symphony Orchestra will present pieces by Mendelssohn with Stefan Pi Jackiw, an American classical violinist who has played Mendelssohn pieces on the European stage since 2000.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 22,000 won to 55,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 781-2241, www.sac.or.kr


TENOR FRANCISCO ARAIZA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Saturday: Mexican operatic tenor Francisco Araiza has twice won the Orphee d’Or from the Academie Nationale du Disque Lyrique Paris. In this concert, he will be performing pieces by Mozart, Veber and Verdi.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 33,000 won to 165,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 541-3183, www.sac.or.kr


SANTANA

Olympic Gymnastics Arena

March 9: With Latin percussion, a groovy organ and West Coast soul, Santana became a major hit in 1966. Since then, the band - and the man it revolves around - has become the stuff of legend.

At the concert, the band will play songs from its 2010 album “Supernatural,” including “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” as well as its hits from the past 40 years.

Carlos Santana will also perform songs from his recently released album “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time,” which features remakes of some of the most highly praised rock songs in the history of the genre.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from 132,000 won to 165,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 1544-1555, www.ticket.interpark.com/global


CORINNE BAILEY RAE

AX-Korea

March 10: British R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist Corinne Bailey Rae is the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at No. 1. By 2008, she was on top of the music industry when her husband, musician Jason Rae, died. After his death, Bailey Rae went on a spiritual hiatus for nearly two years and finally returned last January with her second album, “The Sea.” At the concert, she will perform songs from “The Sea” and her eponymous first album, including hits such as “Like a Star” and “Put Your Records On.”

The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 44,000 won to 99,000 won
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or http://ticket.interpark.com


ANGELIQUE KIDJO

LG Arts Center

March 13: In this concert, Angelique Kidjo will perform traditional music that she learned in her home in Benin. In 2008, her album “Djin Djin” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Her performances are energetic and use guitar, bass and percussion.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


EAGLES

Olympic Gymnastics Arena

March 15: Legendary U.S. rock band the Eagles will make their first appearance in Korea as part of their “Long Road out of Eden” tour in support of the 2007 album of the same name, which is their first album in 28 years. The band is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. The Eagles were one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, garnering six Grammys, five American Music Awards and six No. 1 albums. The set list will include such hits as “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” and “I Can’t Tell You Why.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 330,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 501-7888, www.interpark.co.kr


MGMT

AX-Korea

April 1: It’s a bit hard to describe MGMT, comprised of duo Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. Their musical style is a mix of psychedelic, synthpop and indie rock, and their music videos almost always border on the bizarre. But that doesn’t change the fact that MGMT has been extremely popular with young listeners since the group first burst onto the scene in 2007 with their first major album “Oracular Spectacular,” which was released to much critical acclaim. Since then, the duo has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and went on to release their second major album, “Congratulations,” last year.

The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are 99,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or http://ticket.interpark.com


GILBERTO GIL

LG Arts Center

April 19: Brazilian guitarist Gilberto Gil is known as both a musical innovator and a political figure, with seven Grammys and 52 albums to his name. His music contains influences from genres like rock, samba, African and reggae. This will be Gil’s first concert appearance in Korea, and he will perform with his son, guitarist Bem Gil. They will be joined by cellist and conductor Jaques Morelenbaum.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 120,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com




THEATER


THE MISSION

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

To Saturday: This musical is a Korean-Italian reproduction of the 1986 film of the same name starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.

Ennio Morricone, the film’s musical director, played a major role in transforming the screen version into a musical. He composed six new songs for his first musical and his son, Andrea, is playing a prominent role as music director. Like the film, the musical unfolds in 18th century South America. It tells the story of two missionaries doing volunteer work and touches on the themes of religion, race, theology and love.

After the musical received complaints and negative reviews, Korean producer Sang Sang Musical Company made changes to the cast and technical elements.

The show will tour Europe in 2012 before hitting Broadway the following year.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 200,000 won. Children under 7 will not be admitted.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
(02) 517-3353, www.sejongpac.or.kr


BILLY ELLIOT

LG Arts Center

To Sunday: Based on the movie of the same name, and with music by Elton John, this musical has been a 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 major awards, including best musical.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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 Theater

Tomorrow to Sunday: The Korea National Ballet is presenting 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. The ballet was first presented in 1841, and the choreography is based on the original French version from the 19th century.

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


AIDA

Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House

To March 27: “Aida” returns to Korea after a five-year absence. This story of Ethiopian princess Aida is one of forbidden love. Aida is captured and sold into slavery in Egypt, where Egyptian military commander Radames falls in love with her. As the military commander of Egypt, Radames is not allowed to love a woman from a different country, and he struggles to make a decision to choose between her and his service to the Pharaoh. To make matters worse, the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris, is in love with him. Will Radames chose love or success?

The role of Aida is played by Ock Joo-hyun, a former member of girl group Fin.K.L.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 120,000 won.
Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1
(02) 1544-1555, www.snart.or.kr


JEKYLL AND HYDE

Charlotte Theater

To March 31: The first Korean-language performance of “Jekyll and Hyde” was in 2004. Since then, this musical has been a favorite with Korean audiences.

Jekyll and Hyde is set in London in 1885. Henry Jekyll is a doctor and scientist who lives with his sick father and decides to devote his life to finding a cure for his mental illness. When he decides to experiment on himself, he starts to become his frightening other half - Hyde.

Cho Seung-woo and three actors alternate in the role of Jekyll.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays, at 4 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

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

Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3
Go past the front entrance of the Lotte Hotel.
(02) 1588-5212, www.jekyllnhyde.co.kr


MONTE CRISTO

Chungmu Art Hall

March 1 to April 24: “Monte Cristo” is a musical retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

The story follows Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who is wrongfully arrested during his engagement party for being a traitor to his country. To carry out his plan for revenge, Dantes transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo.

This version features music by Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll and Hyde” and “Tears of Heaven”).

Ryu Jeong-han, Eom Ki-jun and Shin Seong-rok will alternate in the role of Edmond Dantes and Cha Ji-yeon will play Dantes’ fiancee Mercedes.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. There are no performances on Tuesdays, except on opening night, Tuesday, March 1.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
(02) 6391-6333 or visit www.musicalmonte.com



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