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2011.3.24 TICKET

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Members of the Universal Ballet Company perform in a comic version of “Don Quixote,” which starts tomorrow and runs through March 28 at Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Theater. A different dancer performs in the lead role each night. See THEATER, below. Provided by Universal Ballet Company


MUSIC


BRAHMS AND LISZT

Gyeonggi Arts Center, Grand Performance Hall

Today: The Suwon City Choir will perform Franz Liszt pieces for their 133rd concert celebrating the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth. Brahms’ Hungarian-folk-turned-German-pieces, like “Zigeunerlieder,” will also be played. Liszt compositions like “Ave Maria,” “Salve Regina” and “Ave Verum Corpus” will also be performed.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 5,000 won ($4.50) to 20,000 won.
Go to Suwon Station, line No. 1, exit 4, and take any green bus and get off at the Gyeonggi Arts Center stop. The ride takes about 20 minutes.
(031) 228-2813~6, www.artsuwon.or.kr


THE KBS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

KBS Hall and Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today and Tomorrow: The KBS Symphony Orchestra’s 653rd subscription concert features Korean-American conductor Shinik Hahm, American composer Christopher Theofanidis and American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

The program includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and Theofanidis’ “Muse.”

Today’s performance is at 8 p.m. at KBS Hall. Tomorrow’s show is at 8 p.m. at Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 60,000 won.
KBS Hall: Yeouido Station, line No. 5, exit 5
Seoul Art Center: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 781-2241~4, http://kbsso.kbs.co.kr


NE-YO

Olympic Gymnastics Arena

March 30: American pop and R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has written and recorded a number of hit songs for himself and other artists. He returns to Korea to promote his new album “Libra Scale,” which was released late last year.

Jay Park, formerly of K-pop group 2PM, opens the show.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 150,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 501-7888, http://ticket.interpark.com


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


ERIC BENET

AX-Korea

April 12: American R&B singer Eric Benet is returning to Korea following the November release of his new album “Lost in Time.” Benet has received three Grammy Award nominations in the R&B category and won the Naacp Image Award in 2000 for his duet “Spend My Life With You,” with Canadian R&B and soul singer-songwriter Tamia. The song spent three weeks on the top of Billboard’s Hip-Hop and R&B Songs chart.

The concert starts at 8 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 both a musical innovator and a political figure, and has seven Grammys and 52 albums to his name. His music reflects influences from 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


2011 ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

April 1 to 20: Orchestras from all over Korea will perform during this festival - now in its 33rd year - with a different orchestra scheduled to play each night. Those participating include the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra.

The orchestras will perform every night except April 10 and 12.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. every day except Sundays, when the concerts start at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won. There is a discount for people who purchase multiple tickets - 15 percent off for purchasing three tickets, 20 percent for nine tickets and 30 percent for 18 tickets.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr



THEATER


AIDA

Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House

To Sunday: After returning to Korea following a five-year absence, “Aida” is coming to a close.

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 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.

Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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


DON QUIXOTE

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Tomorrow to March 28: The Universal Ballet Company presents a comic version of Miguel Cervantes’ novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha,” the story of an aging gentleman who believes himself to be the character in the books he is reading. A different dancer performs in the lead role on each night.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.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 other actors alternate in the role of Jekyll.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays 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


KLEIN KUNST PARTY

Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul

April 1: It’s not a party. Neither is it strictly an exhibition or theatrical performance.

In Berlin, a Klein Kunst party is an event that alllows anyone to experience art by creating their own works. The goal is to break down barriers between artist and audience.

This is the first such party in Korea. Author Kim Sung-eun and German designer Anna Harlin will guide guests through the process.

The party starts at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free but suggested donations range from 5,000 won to 20,000 won.
Hak-dong Station, line No. 7, exit 10
(02) 3447-1191, www.kunsthalle.com


MONTE CRISTO

Chungmu Art Hall

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.

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



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


KOREAN FANTASY

The National Theater of Korea, KB Haneul Youth Theater

To Saturday: Start spring off with traditional dance performances such as “Ganggangsullae” (“Maidens’ Circle Dance”), “Sarang Ga” (“Love Song”) and “Buchaechum” (“Fan Dance”).

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won. Foreign nationals with a valid i.d. card will receive a 50 percent discount on all tickets.

Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr


BUKCHEONG LION DANCE

Seoul Namsan Gugakdang

To April 17: This musical tells the story of a lion and tiger coming to earth to punish humans for killing ducks and chickens with influenza. It was created by director and choreographer Oh Tae-suk of the Mokhwa Repertory Company.

Performances are at 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Thursdays, at 3 and 8 p.m. on Fridays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets are 30,000 won.
Chungmuro Station, line No. 3 and 4, exit 3 or 4
(02) 2261-0514, www.sejongpac.or.kr



FESTIVALS


MOVING DIMENSION: TONGYEONG INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Tongyeong Arts Center, Isang Yun Memorial Park

Saturday to April 1: This annual art and music festival presents a collection of performances by international musicians like the British Hilliard Ensemble, Heiner Goebbels’ Music Theater, and winners of the Tongyeong International Music Festival competition.

The festival gets its title, “Moving Dimension,” from “Dimensionen,” a piece by Korean-German composer Isang Yun (1917-1995), who served as the inspiration for the festival. The festival focuses on promoting young Asian composers and is led by artistic director Alexander Liebreich, the primary conductor and artistic director of the Munich Chamber Orchestra.Performance times vary.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 100,000 won per performance.
(02) 3474-8315, http://www.timf.org


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