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The Parsons Dance Company will perform critically acclaimed works “Caught” and “Remember Me” at the LG Arts Center, southern Seoul, from today to May 8. See THEATER. Provided by LG Arts Center


MUSIC


PAUL POTTS AND KEVIN KERN

Kyung Hee University, Grand Peace Palace

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

Kern is known for his songs “Return to Love” and “Le Jardin,” which have been featured in Korean television dramas. 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 ($30.80) to 165,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 1644-3031, http://ticket.interpark.com


AVRIL LAVIGNE

AX-Korea

Today: Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is coming to Korea to promote her latest album, “Goodbye Lullaby,” which was released in March. The album is the fourth of her career and her first since her divorce from Deryck Whibley, the 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 today, along with songs from the new album including “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, http://ticket.interpark.com


SUMI JO & ACADEMY OF ANCIENT

MUSIC

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Tomorrow and Saturday: 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, www.clubbalcony.com


MR. BIG

AX-Korea

Sunday: 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 No. 1 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, http://ticket.interpark.com


BORIS BEREZOVSKY

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: 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, including 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


HERBIE HANCOCK

Kyung Hee University, Grand Peace Palace

Tuesday: Grammy-winning jazz pianist Herbie Hancock returns to Korea for the first time in years with his new album, “The Imagine Project,” which was released just after his 70th birthday last year. This album was made with members of The Imagine Project Band, including keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, vocalist Kristina Train, bass player James Genus and drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr. - all of whom are scheduled to appear with Hancock.

At the concert, Hancock will perform pieces from his latest album and previous hits such as “A Tribute to Miles,” “Speak Like a Child,” and “My Ship.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 198,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 3143-5155, ticket.interpark.com


BARBIE SYMPHONY

Sejong Center, Grand Theatre

May 15: Grammy-winning conductor Arnold “Arnie” Roth and Korea’s Ditto Orchestra present theme songs played in the Barbie movies. The program includes the theme song from “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses” (2006) - Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 - and the theme from “Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus” (2005) - Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, “Pastorale.”

The concert starts at 2 and 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 80,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 1577-5266, http://www.sejongpac.or.kr


MISCHA MAISKY & FAMILY IN CONCERT

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

May 15: Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky will perform with his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, and son, violinist Sascha Maisky. Mischa Maisky has worked in long-standing partnerships with artists like pianist Radu Lupu, violinist Janine Jansen and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

In this concert, he will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata, Pablo de Sarasate’s “Playera” from “Eight Spanish Dances” and Isaac Albeniz’s “Tango.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 160,000 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: The 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 Adams’ “Nixon in China,” directed by Peter Sellars, will be shown on May 10 and 31, and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” 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


PARSONS DANCE COMPANY

LG Arts Center

Today to Sunday: 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 dancer defying gravity and flying above the stage as he performs more than 100 leaps in less than six minutes.

This piece was performed more than 100 times worldwide for more than 28 years.

“Remember Me” is a rock dance opera and a modern retelling of a tragic love story that also features 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


COPPELIA

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

To Sunday: 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 spent 10 years as the artistic director of the Seoul Ballet Theater.

Performances are today at 2 and 5:30 p.m., tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
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 multilayered 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, http://ticket.interpark.com or www.cirquedusoleil.co.kr



FESTIVALS


2011 HI SEOUL FESTIVAL

Yeouido Hangang Park and other urban squares (Seoul, Cheonggye and Gwanghwamun plazas)

Today to Tuesday: 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 SWAT,” a piece of street theater by another French company, Carnage Productions.

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

The festival starts everyday at 11 a.m., while performances begin at 12 p.m.
Admission is free.
Yeorinaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 3290-7000, http://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 Kolleen 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.

American Jazz musician Cassandra Wilson and Japanese singer Keiko Lee highlight 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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