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2011.4.28 TICKET

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Soprano Sumi Jo will perform at Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on May 6 and 7 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut. See MUSIC, below. Provided by Credia


MUSIC


NIELS LAN DOKY TRIO

Hoam Art Hall

Today: Danish jazz pianist and record producer Niels Lan Doky is coming to Korea to promote his latest album, “Return to Denmark,” that was released in March last year.

Born to a Danish mother and Vietnamese father, Doky began playing guitar when he was seven and piano at 12.

He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Thad Jones, Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw, among others.

“Return to Denmark,” Doky’s latest record with American Jazz pianist Duke Jordan has been particularly popular among Koreans.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
(02) 751-9607~10, www.hoamarthall.org


DONG-MIN LIM RECITAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Saturday: Lim Dong-Min is a classical pianist who has won numerous awards at 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 Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60, as well as Mussorgsky’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


ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Tuesday: German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to Korea for the first time in three years. She performed and recorded with legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan, a musical impresario who helped launch her international career in 1977.

At the concert, Mutter will be joined by guest pianist Lambert Orkis.

The program includes Debussy’s Sonata in G minor, Mendelssohn’s Sonata in F major, Mozart’s Violin Sonata KV. 454, and Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 180,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr


PAUL POTTS AND KEVIN KERN

Kyung Hee University, Grand Peace Palace

May 5: Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts is making his first stop in Seoul with American pianist Kevin Kern.

Kevin Kern is known for his song “Return to Love,” which was used in the Korean drama “Le Jardin.” He has also had hits with songs such as “Kristine’s Serenade,” Sundial Dream” and “The Winding Path.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 165,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 1644-3031, ticket.interpark.com


AVRIL LAVIGNE

AX-Korea

May 5: Canadian rock singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is coming to Korea to promote her latest album, “Goodbye Lullaby,” released this year March. The album is the fourth of her career and her first since her divorce from Deryck Whibley, lead singer of Sum 41.

Lavigne made it big at the age of 17 with hit songs like “Sk8er boi,” “Complicated,” and “My Happy Ending.”

These hits are on the program for May 5, along with songs from the new album, “What the Hell,” “Goodbye,” and “Everybody Hurts.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or ticket.interpark.com


PARSONS DANCE COMPANY

LG Arts Center

May 5 to 8: The legendary Parsons Dance Company lands in Korea with two critically-acclaimed works, “Caught” and “Remember Me.”

“Caught” is David Parsons’ unforgettable signature strobe-light solo featuring a solo dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage as he performs more than 100 leaps in less than 6 minutes. This piece was performed over 100 times worldwide for more than 28 years.

“Remember Me” is a rock dance opera and a modern re-telling of a tragic love story featuring Parsons Dance Company and the lead vocalists and music of the Grammy-nominated rock opera band East Village Opera Company.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won. Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 8
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


SUMI JO & ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

May 6 and 7: Soprano Sumi Jo is having two days of concerts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut.

She will be joined by British conductor Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music, a period-instrument orchestra from England.

The majority of the program features the music of Handel and Vivaldi, including Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2, and Vivaldi’s “Sposa Son Disprezzata” from his opera “Bajazet.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 250,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 1577-5266, www.sac.or.kr, clubbalcony.com


MR. BIG

AX-Korea

May 8: American hard rock band Mr. Big is making its second visit to Korea after its sold out concert in 2009.

Founded in 1988 by Billy Sheehan (bass), Eric Martin (lead vocal), Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Pat Torpey (drums), Mr. Big has continued to churn out the hits despite a break up in 2002 and subsequent reunion. They are known for their infectious, hard driving rhythms and incredible musical talent. The band released their first album in 10 years, “What If,” in January, and it has garnered a favorable critical response. The concert will feature hits like “To Be With You,” a number one single in 15 countries in 1991, and songs from their new album, including “Undertow” and “American Beauty.”

The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are 110,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or ticket.interpark.com


BORIS BEREZOVSKY

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

May 8: Russian virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovsky performs with Kim Dae-jin, the conductor of Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Suwon Philarmonic Orchestra.

Berezovsky won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and worked as a soloist with orchestras from all over the world like the New Japan Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30.

The concert starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 110,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr


MET OPERA BRUNCH

Walkerhill Theatre, Sheraton Grande Walkerhill

Ongoing through Dec. 31: Sheraton Grande Walkerhill is presenting an opera brunch package featuring works from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010-2011 season, recorded live at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The program is offered six to seven times per month through December. Music experts will provide commentary between acts.

In May, John Adam’s “Nixon in China,” directed by Peter Sellars, will be shown on May 3, 10, and 31, and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” directed by Nicholas Hytner, will be shown on May 8, 15 and 21.

The brunch program is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are 60,000 won including tax and service charge.
Go to Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 1, and catch the free shuttle bus in front of Techno Mart.
(02) 455-5000, http://sheratonwalkerhill.co.kr



THEATER


COPPELIA

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

Saturday to May 8: The Korea National Ballet presents “Coppelia,” a French comic ballet.

The story revolves around the mysterious inventor Dr. Coppelius, who has created a life-sized doll named Coppelia.

The doll is so lifelike that she attracts the attention of a town bachelor, Frantz, who is soon to be wed but tries to woo Coppelia instead. When Frantz’s fiancee see him courting Coppelia, she dresses up as the doll to show him just how silly his ambitions are.

The dance was choreographed by James Jeon, who was the artistic director of the Seoul Ballet Theater for 10 years.

The performance is April 30 at 5:30 p.m., May 1 at 2 and 5:30 p.m., May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., May 5 at 2 and 5:30 p.m., May 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 7 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. There is no performance on May 2.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 587-6181, www.sac.or.kr


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Jamsil Sports Complex Square

To May 29: Cirque du Soleil returns to Korea for the first time in three years with a new production, “Varekei,” which is based on the Greek myth of Icarus. To tell the tale, the world-renowned troupe employs spectacular costumes, intricate sets, a multi-layered soundscape and its usual high flying mixture of circus tricks and acrobatic choreography.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 220,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com or cirquedusoleil.co.kr



FESTIVALS


2011 HI! SEOUL FESTIVAL

Yeouido Hangang Park and Urban Squares (Seoul/Cheonggye/Gwanghwamun Plaza)

May 5 to 10: The Hi Seoul Festival returns with a new series of nonverbal performances by local and international companies. The program includes shows like “The Tourists” a puppet show by French company Les Grandes Personnes and “The S.W.A.T,”, a piece of street theater by another French company, Carnage Productions.

The festival program also includes an art exhibition installed along Cheonggye Plaza and featuring works by 11 artists from overseas and 5 local artists, as well as a street campaign for non-profit organizations like Good Neighbors, World Vision and The Beautiful Store.

Performances start at 12 p.m. every day, but the festival starts at 11:00 a.m.
Admission is free.
Yeorinaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 3290-7000, english.hiseoulfest.org/2011/src/


2011 SEOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Sejong Center, Grand Theatre

May 9 to 12: This year’s Jazz Festival features a program of performances by renowned local and overseas artists.

On the first day, American musical director Kollen Park will perform with special guests like Jang Jae-in, one of the finalists of reality competition show “Superstar K.” Days two and three will be headlined by guitarist Pat Metheny, vibraphone player Gary Burton, bass player Steve Swallow and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Performances by American Jazz musician Cassandra Wilson and Japanese singer Keiko Lee are the highlight of the last day.

Performances start at 8 p.m. The May 10 performance starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 165,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1766, www.seouljazz.co.kr


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