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2011.6.16 TICKET

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Pianist Paik Kun-woo, the artistic director of the Emerald Coast Music Festival in Dinard, France, and the first Korean artist to be officially invited to perform in China, performs music by Liszt on Sunday at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul. See MUSIC, below. Provided by Credia


MUSIC


KOREAN VOCAL SOCIETY

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Hall

Today: In celebration of its 65th anniversary, the Korean Vocal Society is holding a concert called “Falling into Memory.”

The program features a performance of Brahm’s complete vocal quartet.

Performers include soprano Kim Jung-suk, Moon Eun-joo and others.

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
(031) 471-1756, www.sejongpac.or.kr


SIRIUSMO

Rolling Hall, Hongdae

Saturday: 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 D.J. 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.
Tickets are 15,000 won.
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 325-6071, ticket.interpark.com, www.rollinghall.co.kr


PIANIST SEO JI-SOO

Kumho Art Hall

Sunday: 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


CONCERT D’ETE

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: Three internationally famous soloists, classical guitarist Denis Sungho Janssens. violinist Hyuk-joo Kwun and cellist Patrick Lee come together for an afternoon of classical music.

Janssens made his 2005 Carnegie Hall debut in New York as a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) and has gone on to perform at some of the preeminent concert halls in the world. Kwun was the first Korean to win the Carl Nielsen Violin Competition at the age of 19. Lee was hailed as a “gifted virtuoso with a satin-smooth singing line” by the distinguished critic Harris Goldsmith.

The program includes Schubert’s Sonata Arpeggione D. 821 in A minor, Handel’s “Passacaglia,” de Falla’s Spanish songs and Piazzolla’s “Nightclub 1960.”

The concert starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 749-8821, www.sac.or.kr


PAIK KUN-WOO AND LISZT

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday and June 25: Paik Kun-woo brings his talents to Seoul Arts Center.

Paik graduated from the Julliard School and is a laureate of the Naumbrg and Busoni International Piano Competition. He is the artistic director of the Emerald Coast Music Festival in Dinard, France, and the first Korean artist to be officially invited to perform in China.

The program features works by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, including “Vallee d’Obermann,” “Two Legends,” “Bagatelle sans Tonalite” and “Mephisto Waltz No. 1.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


RON CARTER GOLDEN STRIKER TRIO

Yonsei Centennial Hall, Concert Hall

Tuesday: American double-bassist Ron Carter and the Golden Striker Trio perform in Korea for the first time. Carter’s presence on over 2,500 albums makes him one of the most recorded bassists in jazz. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

The Golden Striker Trio includes Carter, swing guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Mulgrew Miller. Together they have released two albums. Malone was part of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band and the Diana Krall trio. He is also the leader of The Russell Malone Quartet. Miller got his start at the age of 20 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 132,000 won.
Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3 or 4
(02) 1544-1555, ticket.interpark.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.”

Loren 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


THE IDIOT

Daehangno Arts Theater, Main Hall

Friday to June 29: “The Idiot” is a musical drama based on Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot” that has been remade with pansori (narrative singing) and modern music.

The plot tells the story of ordinary people who society calls “idiots.” The point of the drama is to show the beauty of pure and innocent love and the relationships between people that we are lacking in society today and we learn that sometimes, it’s okay to be an idiot.

The production is in Korean with English subtitles. No admission for people under 12.

Performance are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. The performance on June 27 is at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 35,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3
(010) 2699-0584, www.seoulfactory.co.kr, www.hanpac.or.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



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


UKCHUK-GA

LG Arts Center

Friday to Sunday: LG Arts Center and Uijeongbu Arts Center co-produce a new work by pansori sorikkun (solo singer) Lee Jaram and Pansori Project ZA.

Lee experiments with a genre of modern pansori she calls “Brecht pansori” that is a mixture of pansori and the works of German playwright Bertolt Brecht. This performance is based on Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children.” Lee’s first Brecht pansori piece, “Sacheon-ga,” earned her a best actress award at the International Theater Festival KONTAKT 2010 in Poland.

Performances are at 5 p.m.
Tickets are 40,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com



FESTIVALS


THE 1ST BALLET FESTIVAL KOREA

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater and Jayu Theater

To June 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.

Performance times vary. The June 12 “Swan Lake” performance is at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 80,000 won. A festival pass with admission to all 8 ballets ranges 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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