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2011.4.14 TICKET

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John Legend, the nine-time Grammy award winning recording artist, performs in Seoul on April 19 and 20 at AX-Korea in southern Seoul. See MUSIC, for more information. Provided by AX-Korea


MUSIC


ACIDMAN

Sangsang Madang, Live Hall

Saturday: Japanese indie rock band Acidman is making a return visit to Korea to promote its eighth album, “Alma.”

The band, which is somewhere between alternative and punk, had its first performance in Korea at the Pentaport Rock Festival in 2009.

At the concert, the band will perform songs from its new album, including “One Day,” “Dear Freedom,” “Free Star” and “Over.”

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are 35,000 won (standing room only).
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 2005-0114, www.sangsangmadang.com


COLIN CURRIE AND HAKAN HARDENBERGER

LG Arts Center

Sunday: Scottish percussionist Colin Currie and Swedish trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger perform with various artists including English composer Joe Duddell, French composer Andre Jolibet and Austrian composers Christian Muthspiel and Luckas Ligeti to name a few. The program includes songs written by the featured composers, such as Duddell’s “Catch,” Jolibet’s “Heptade,” and Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s “Woodpecker.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 8
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


13TH KOREA CHAMBER OPERA FESTIVAL

The National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

To Sunday: Seven national opera companies will perform during this festival - now in its 13th year - under the title “An Invitation to the World of Contemporary Opera.”

The companies are: the Korea Chamber Opera, Sejong Opera, Seoul Opera Ensemble, Lyonnet Opera, La Pace, Opera Petit, and SCOT Opera.

Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Seymour Barab’s “La Pizza Con Funghi” will be performed from today to April 10.

Carl Orff’s “Der Mond,” and “Die Kluge” will be performed from April 14 to 17.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr


GILBERTO GIL

LG Arts Center

Tuesday: 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 8
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


JOHN LEGEND

AX-Korea

Tuesday and Wednesday: American recording artist and nine-time Grammy award winner John Legend is coming to Korea. Legend got his start recording with artists such as Alicia Keys on “You Don’t Know My Name.” His first album, “Get Lifted,” was released in 2004.

At the concert, he will perform songs from his new album “Wake Up!” and previous hits.

The concerts start at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 110,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or http://ticket.interpark.com


2011 ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

To Wednesday: 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.

Concerts are 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


UNSUK CHIN’S ARS NOVA SERIES I & II

Sejong Center’s Chamber Hall & Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall

April 20 & 22: Unsuk Chin, a Korean classical music composer and cellist based in Berlin, comes to Korea for her first concert.

Chin was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in 2004 and the Arnold Schonberg Prize in 2005.

At the Sejong Arts Center on April 20, Chin will perform Betsy Jolas’s “Lassus Ricercare,” Igor Stravisnky’s Concerto in D for String Orchestra, and Isabel Mundry’s “Non Mesure.”

For the second performance at Seoul Arts Center, she will present the Korean premiere of “Cello Concerto,” which she composed.

The April 20 concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and the April 22 concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the Sejong Center concert range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won and tickets for the Seoul Arts Center concert range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.
Sejong Center: Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1, (02) 399-1766, www.sejongpac.or.kr
Seoul Arts Center: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, (02) 541-2512, www.sac.or.kr


ANGELA GHEORGHIU

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

April 27: Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu - two-time winner of the Female Artist of the Year award at the Classical Brit Awards in 2001 and 2010 - will hold her first concert in Korea.

She will be joined by tenor Marius Brenciu and conductor Ion Marin.

At the concert, Gheorghiu will sing “Ebben? Ne andro lontana” from Alfredo Catalani’s “La Wally” and “Un bel di vedremo” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

The program also includes duets such as “O soave fanciulla” from Puccini’s “La boheme” and “Muzica” by George Grigoriu.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 220,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 541-2512, www.sac.or.kr


DONG-MIN LIM PIANO RECITAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

April 30: Lim Dong-Min is a classical pianist who has won numerous awards from well-known competitions. He won the Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow at the age of 16 and in 2005 he tied for first at the 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.

At this recital, he will be playing pieces such as Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 55, No. 2, and Barcarole in F sharp Major, Op. 60, as well as Musorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 80,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr



THEATER


SWAN LAKE

Sejong Center, Grand Theatre

Today and Tomorrow: The Seoul Metropolitan Dance Theater presents its version of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

This production, set in ancient Korea in Manchuria, blends elements of traditional Korean dance - including a sword dance, a flower dance and a fan dance - with more traditional ballet and modern dance choreography.

Performances start at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1766, www.sejongpac.or.kr


BETWEEN

Club After

To Sunday: Amy Mihyang presents the Asian premiere of “between,” a one-woman show that had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006.

In the play, which combines work by Asian and adoptee writers, Mihyang examines her identity as a Korean-American woman, a New Yorker, and a transracial adoptee. Through her portrayals of various characters who have entered her life, Mihyang creates an intimate portrait of the adoptee experience.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on Friday, at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 4 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a Q & A with the audience following the 4 p.m. Saturday performance.
Tickets are 15,000 won. All proceeds will go to the Korean Unwed Mothers & Families Association, the only Korean group created and run by unwed mothers.
Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3
ticketing@seoulplayers.com, www.seoulplayers.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.

Music is 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 Saturdays, 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


CANTATA UBOOSASISA

The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

Friday: Following its successful premiere last October, “Uboosasisa” returns with 130 traditional musicians, including renowned gayageum (12-stringed zither) player Hwang Byung-ki.

“Uboosasisa” is a setting of a series of sijo poems written by the mid-Joseon Dynasty nobleman Gosan Yun Seondo in the form of a cantata. The poems portray scenes from four seasons in a fishing village and the concert is a blend of Korean and Western-style music.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115, www.ntok.go.kr


BUKCHEONG LION DANCE

Seoul Namsan Gugakdang

To Sunday: This play, directed by Oh Tae-suk, blends mask-dance styles from different regions of Korea to tell the story of a young lion named Geum-hwa who transforms herself into a human being, falls in love and learns that being human is not as easy as she thought it would be.

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


AN SUR-YEON

The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

April 23: An Sur-yeon is a haegeum (a traditional instrument resembling a fiddle) player and singer who is a member of the National Orchestra of Korea. She will perform hits such as “My Heart is Azure,” “Czardas” and “Amazing Grace.”

The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr


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