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2011.6.9 TICKET

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Ben Folds, the former frontman of the alternative rock band Bend Folds Five, will perform for the first time in Korea today at AX-Korea to promote his latest album, “Lonely Avenue” made in collaboration with English author Nick Hornby. See MUSIC. Provided by Private Curve


MUSIC


TORO Y MOI

Hongdae V-Hall

Today: Toro Y Moi is the stage name used by American recording artist Chazwick Bundick. The music is often characterized as chillwave, the synth-heavy sampled sounds that floated onto the music scene in the summer of 2009, but also borrows from hip-hop, alternative and other genres. The band has already received high praise for its first two albums, 2010’s “Causers of This” and the recent “Underneath the Pine.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 50,000 won in advance and 55,000 won at the door.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(02) 1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com/global, supercolorsuper.com


BEN FOLDS

AX-Korea

Today: American songwriter Ben Folds, the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, comes to Korea to promote his latest album “Lonely Avenue,” which was made in collaboration with English author Nick Hornby.

For the album, Folds made the music to go with Hornby’s words. “Levi Johnston’s Blues” - which includes the lyrics “I’m a f****n’ redneck, I live to hang out with the boys, play some hockey, do some fishing, kill some moose .?.?. ” - is worth the ticket price alone perhaps.

The single “From Above,” premiered on Richard Kingsmill’s new music show “2010” on Australian radio station Triple J.

As of 2008, Folds had released six solo LPs. As a solo artist, he has also contributed to many film soundtracks, including the 2006 animated comedy “Over the Hedge.”

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, http://ticket.interpark.com


PIANIST VLADIMIR OVCHINNIKOV

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: Vladimir Ovchinnikov performs in this concert, held in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s birth.

Ovchinnikov is the only pianist to win the top prize at both the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982 and Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987.

He appears regularly with major symphony orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Sunday, he will perform with Korea’s Millenium Symphony Orchestra.

The program includes Liszt’s “Polonaise in E minor,” “Grandes etudes de Paganini - No. 3, La Campanella” and “Transcendental Etudes.”

The concert starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 461-6712, www.sac.or.kr


SIRIUSMO

Rolling Hall, Hongdae

June 18: German electronic musician and producer Siriusmo, who is also known as Moritz Friedrich, is bringing the party to Seoul. He has released a handful of albums over the years including “Diskoding,” “Allthegirls,” “MniRock” and the “Sirius” EP.

He said that he would not DJ or perform live again, but returned to mixing when he performed live on a radio show in 2010. After that, he was seen in a few prestigious German clubs performing live for the first time.

He will be in Korea to promote his latest album “Mosaik,” which was released in February.

The opening band will be Gogostar and the after party will be by D.J. Sonyeon.

The concert starts at 11 p.m.
All tickets are 15,000
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 325-6071, ticket.interpark.com/global, www.rollinghall.co.kr


PIANIST SEO JI-SOO

Kumho Art Hall

June 19: Pianist Seo Ji-soo will give her first solo recital after finishing her doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

The winner of the top prize at the Brandshaw and Buono competition in New York in 2007, the Seoul National University graduate has been praised across the United States, Europe and in her home country for her poetic, powerful performances.

The program includes Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 466 in F minor; Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110 in A flat; Scriabin’s Sonata-Fantasie Op. 19 in G sharp minor; Schubert-Liszt’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade”; Schumann-Liszt’s “Widmung”; and Barber’s Sonata Op. 26.

The concert starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets are 20,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 6303-7700, www.kumhoarthall.com


HALIE LOREN

Theater Yong

June 21: American singer and songwriter Halie Loren will give her first concert in Seoul.

Loren is the winner of the 2009 Just Plain Folks award for Best Vocal Jazz album for “They Oughta Write A Song” (2008).

The program includes hits such as “To Say Goodbye,” “Beyond the Sea” and “Summer Time.”

She will perform with the Halie Loren Band, which includes pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider and drummer Brian West.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 15,000 won to 70,000 won.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 3
(02) 1588-1210, www.theateryong.or.kr



THEATER


YOU ARE NOT ALONE: CHARITY BENEFIT

Club After Mainstage

To Sunday: Seoul Players hosts this musical fundraiser featuring songs from “Rent,” “Wicked,” “Into the Woods” and other Broadway favorites. Half of the proceeds from each night will benefit a different charity, including Habitat for Humanity, The House of Sharing and Doctors Without Borders (Japan Relief).

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, at 8 p.m. on June 4, at 4 p.m. on June 5, at 8 p.m. on June 11 and at 4 p.m. on June 12.
Tickets are 15,000 won.
Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3
ticketing@seoulplayers.com, www.seoulplayers.com


UNIVERSAL BALLET COMPANY:

THIS IS MODERN 2

Universal Arts Center

Today to June 12: Universal Ballet Company presents three dances choreographed by renowned Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian and Korean choreographer Hue Young-soon.

In “Petit Mort” and “Sechs Tanze,” Kylian presents interpretations of Mozart’s life.

Hue’s “This Is Your Life,” depicts the stories of several true-to-life individuals, including a wife who ignores her husband’s cheating, an unhappy business man, a hairstylist who makes all the ladies happy, and a woman who loves her handsome boyfriend, as does every other woman in town.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
(02) 1544-1555, www.uac.co.kr


SOME GIRLS

White Box Theatre, Itaewon

June 24 to July 9: Probationary Theatre presents “Some Girls” by Neil LaBute in its new venue, the first performance space dedicated to English-language productions in Seoul.

“Some Girls” follows the adventures of Guy, a 33-year-old who is engaged to marry. As the wedding nears, Guy starts getting cold feet and calls his old girlfriends to try to find his ideal mate.

Probationary Theatre was founded by Desiree Munro in Australia in 2000 and its first production received the best newcomer award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Since then the company has toured Australia and has landed in Seoul with the aim of producing accessible, intelligent theater.

Performances are at 9 p.m. on Fridays, at 6 and 9 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are 15,000 won.
Hyochang Park Station, line No. 6, exit 2
probationarytheatre@gmail.com, www.probationarytheatre.com


JEKYLL AND HYDE

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



FESTIVALS


THE 1ST BALLET FESTIVAL KOREA

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater and Jayu Theater

June 12 to 28: Korea’s four major ballet troupes have gathered to host the first government-led ballet festival. The state-run Korea National ballet, the private Universal Ballet Company, the private Seoul Ballet Theatre, and the Gwangju City Ballet will each stage their audience’s favorite repertoire featuring their star dancers during the two week-long festival. “Giselle,” “Life is...,” “Swan Lake,” and “Empress Myeonseong” are a few performances that are included in the festival.

Hours of performance varies according to the performance. The June 12 “Swan Lake” performance is 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 80,000 won. Ticket packages to all 8 ballets range from 160,000 won to 256,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 587-6181, www.kballet.org


GWANGHWAMUN FESTIVAL

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

To June 30: This music festival is a melting pot of traditional music, jazz, pop, rock, folk, opera and dance. With different performances from Monday to Friday, there will be plenty to see.

Legendary funk band Yellow Monsters, jazz band Prelude and folk performer Han Dong-jun are a few of the guests scheduled to perform.

Children ages 8 and under will not be admitted.
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Admission is free.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1612, www.sejongpac.or.kr


DITTO FESTIVAL 2011

Hoam Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center

June 23 to July 3: The Ditto Festival was started to make classical music accessible to the public. Its other goal is to promote 15 rising classical stars such as violinist Richard Yong-jae O’Neil, pianist Ji-yong, and pianist Hahn Bin.

Performance times vary. The opening recital by harpist Xavier de Maistre on June 23 is at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Hoam Art Hall: City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9
Seoul Arts Center: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 1577-5266, www.dittofest.com


VISUAL ART CREATIVE FESTIVAL

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,” features 17 creative pieces. The second part, “Animal Outing,” features eight pieces about animals. The third part is called “Visionary Experiment” and features 10 pieces influenced by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The last part is “Venice Glass Fantasia” and features 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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