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2011.5.19 TICKET


American pop-rock band Maroon 5, which hit it big with songs like “She Will Be Loved” from their hit 2002 album “Songs About Jane,” will perform on Wednesday at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in eastern Seoul. Provided by Hyundai Card



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra presents the second concert in its Masterpiece Series, which features Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner and Sung Shi-yeon, the orchestra’s vice conductor.

The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3700-6300, www.sac.or.kr


Hongdae V-Hall

Sunday: New York-based indie pop band The Drums will have its first concert in Seoul.

Founded in 2008 by former summer camp mates Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, The Drums’ breezy pop melodies and lighthearted lyrics made them the Best Hope for 2010 in Pitchfork’s 2009 readers’ poll.

With an live show that grew out of a month-long stint at a New York club and songs like “Let’s Go Surfing,” “I Need Fun in My Life” and “I’ll Never Drop My Sword,” the lads are sure to entertain.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 80,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(02) 569-0595, ticket.interpark.com/global


Olympic Gymnastics Arena

May 25: American pop-rock band Maroon 5 hit it big with the release of their first album “Songs About Jane” in 2002, but it took a while before songs like “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning” propelled the album to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in 2004.

The band has won three Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist in 2005, and just released a new album last September called “Hands All Over.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 77,000 won to 121,000 won and are standing room only.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 501-7888, ticket.interpark.com/global


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

May 25: Swedish-Polish pianist Peter Jablonski is performing as part of the Seoul International Music Festival 2011. Jablonski worked with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; the Philharmonia and Cleveland orchestras; and the Kirov, NHK Syphony and Czech Philharmonic orchestras.

The program includes Szymanoswski’s Don Juan Serenade, Op. 34, “Masques”; Chopin’s “5 Mazurkas”; and Liszt’s “Ballade No. 2.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 586-0136, www.sac.or.kr


Hoam Art Hall

May 26 and 28: Opera singer Youn Kwang-chul performs as part of The 5th Daewon Music Awards.

Youn made his debut with the Korean National Opera in Seoul in 1988 then moved to Berlin to study music in 1991. Since then, he has performed in over 50 operas on the international stage, including Verdi’s “Trovatore,” Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” He is one of the only Koreans working in Western opera houses.

On the 26th, he will perform pieces by Schumann and on the 28th he will sing Italian arias and works by Verdi, including “O Tu Palermo,” and “Tu Sul Labbro.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are 50,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
(02) 751-9607~10, www.hoamarthall.org


Sejong Center, Chamber Hall

May 27: Adrien Perruchon, the principle timpanist of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, is the special guest of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s second Chamber Music series concert.

The program includes Xenakis’s “Rebonds B,” Ohana’s “Etudes d’Interpretation” and Jolivet’s “Heptade.”

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 1588-1210, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Hoam Art Hall

May 27: Korean flautist Yoon Hye-ri was a member of the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and other major orchestras before becoming a well-known musician in Korea.

At the concert, she will perform Claude-Paul Taffanel’s “Fantasie sur le Freyschutz,” Claude Debussy’s “Afternoon of a Faun,” and Arnold Schonberg’s Kammersymphonie in E, Op. 9.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 25,000 won to 40,000 won.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
(02) 751-9607~10, www.hoamarthall.org


Kyung Hee University, Grand Peace Palace

May 28: American songwriter and romantic pianist Jim Brickman has been named the most charted male adult contemporary artist to date with six of his albums receiving gold and platinum status. He is known for his collaborations with artists such as Michael W. Smith (“Love of My Life”), Lady Antebellum (“Never Alone”) and Christian contemporary group Rush of Fools (“Never Far Away”), among others.

At the concert he will present songs from his 2008 album “Hope.” He is joined by guest vocalist John Tronse.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 99,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(051) 752-5547, ticket.interpark.com/global



Arko Arts Theater, Daehangno Arts Theater, Noel Small Theater, Marronnier Park

To May 29: Some of the most interesting dance companies and choreographers from Korea and around the world gather for the 30th edition of this annual festival hosted by the Contemporary Dance Association of Korea.

The festival opens with “Connected” - a sculptural, physically dynamic piece by the acclaimed Australian company Chunky Move, which seeks to redefine dance through theatrical, site-specific and multimedia works.

In addition to the cutting edge performances, other festival highlights include “Spark Place,” a showcase for emerging choreographers, as well as workshops and talks with visiting artists.

Ticket prices vary.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 765-5352, www.modafe.org


Doosan Art Center, Yonkang Hall

Friday and Saturday: The Korea National Ballet presents “Converdance,” which merges the talents of three esteemed choreographers, including Jung Hyun-ok’s “Play,” Ahn Sung-soo’s “Swing Time” and Park Hwa-kyung’s “Digital Music.” The title is a portmanteau of “convergence” and “dance.”

The performance is at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 587-6181, www.kballet.org


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

May 27 to 29: Sugi Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The three-act opera is a tragic love story about Violetta, a famed courtesan, and Alfred, her lover. This is Italian soprano Mariella Devia’s first performance in Korea. Devia is well-known for her many roles in the bel canto repertoire. Roberto Gianola conducts Nara Opera Choir and Prime Philarmonic Orchestra.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 300,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr


Universal Arts Center

To May 29: Korea EMK Musical Company presents the classic story of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West and the Munchkins as they venture through the merry old land of Oz.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 77,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
(02) 6391-6333, www.uac.co.kr


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, ticket.interpark.com/global or www.cirquedusoleil.co.kr


Charlotte Theater

To Aug. 15: The first Korean-language performance of “Jekyll and Hyde” was in 2004. Since then, it has been a favorite with Korean audiences. Cho Seung-woo and three other actors alternate in the title role.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3
(02) 1588-5212, www.jekyllnhyde.co.kr



Sejong Center, Grand Theatre

May 26 to 27: This series, presented by the Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra, explores the essence of traditional Korean music with performances by masters of various traditional musical forms.

The first day features renowned instrumentalists and the second day presents some of the best Korean instrumentalists and pansori (narrative singing) artists of today.

Children ages 8 and under will not be admitted.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
02) 399-1761, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Dream Forest Arts Center

To Aug. 31: The Dream Forest Arts Center presents its second festival, which is organized into four parts that follow the themes of family, rest, romance and art.

The first part, “Forest of Secrets,” displays 17 creative pieces. The second part, “Animal Outing,” displays eight pieces about animals. The third part is called “Visionary Experiment” and displays 10 pieces influenced by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The last part is “Venice Glass Fantasia” and shows 60 pieces of glass art by artists Schiavon and Pino Signoretto.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Admission is free.
Miasamgeori Station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 2289-5401, www.dfac.or.kr

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