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2011.6.23 TICKET


Members of the Korean music troupe Dulsori perform in “Well Wishing Binari,” which runs tomorrow through Sunday at Theater Yong at the National Museum of Korea in Ichon-dong, central Seoul. Tomorrow, Lee Charm, president of the Korea Tourism Organization, plans to join the performers on stage for about 10 minutes. See TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE, below. Provided by Dulsori



Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Saturday: 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 ($46.50) to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


Sangsang Madang, Live Hall

Friday: Japanese music label Boundee, Inc. and Korean music label association Seokyo collaborated to continue their exchange of performances by Japanese and Korean indie bands.

Featured this year are Korean blues rock band Lowdown 30; garage rock band Galaxy Express; Japanese punk band Who the Bitch; and Progressive jam band Rega.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are 33,000 won in advance and 38,000 won at the door.
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 330-6212, www.seokyomusic.com


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: German pianist Martin Stadtfeld gave his first concert at age 9 and was only 13 when he enrolled in the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts under the tutelage of Russian-American Professor Lev Natochenny. In 2002, he became the first German pianist to win the prestigious International Bach Competition in Leipzig, which led him to perform at leading Bach festivals in Germany.

Since then he has toured extensively as a solo artist and played with some renowned orchestras worldwide.

The program includes Bach’s English Suite No. 4 BWV 809 and Liszt’s J.S. Bach Variations.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 599-5743, www.sac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

June 30: American pianist George Winston comes to Korea to promote his latest album, “Love Will Come - The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2.”

Winston began playing piano after hearing recordings of the stride pianist Thomas “Fats” Waller and others. Winston’s music is often described as “folk piano,” a style he developed in 1971 to complement uptempo stride piano.

He is also known for his recordings of the music of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for 16 “Peanuts” films and his recent explorations of R&B piano.

He has also produced recordings of Hawaiian slack-key guitarists like Keola Beamer and Ozzie Kotani.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 548-4480, www.sac.or.kr



LG Arts Center

Friday to July 10: Quebec-based contemporary circus troupe Cirque Eloize is coming to Korea. Founded in 1993 by Jeannot Painchaud, Daniel Cyr and Julie Hamelin, the group has presented shows in more than 375 cities and 30 countries.

In Korea, they will present “Rain,” which takes place during a rehearsal for a circus show. Incorporating elements of theater, dance and music with traditional circus acts, the show blurs the lines between reality and illusion.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


Daehangno Arts Theater, Main Hall

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. 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.

Performances 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 2
(010) 2699-0584, www.seoulfactory.co.kr,


White Box Theatre, Itaewon

Friday 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



Theater Yong

Tomorrow to Sunday: The Korean music troupe Dulsori presents an encore presentation of its show “Well Wishing Binari.”

Based on Korean music, dance and performance traditions, Dulsori (“heartbeat of the land”) aims to rekindle the spirit of ancient Korean festivals through interactive performances that create a sense of community.

Since it began in 1984, the company has stolen the hearts of audiences in over 50 countries worldwide. A special exhibition in the Theater Yong lobby will show images from the company’s travels.

The Dulsori members will be present after the performance for photos and autographs

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 3
(02) 744-6800 or (Tony: 010-8211-3032),


The National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

Saturday: With this performance, Kim Gyeong-ho makes his debut as a pansori (narrative singing) singer in “Song of Red Cliff.”

The show is a pansori version of the events surrounding the Battle of Red Cliff in the Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”

Although he learned “Song of Red Cliff” from his father, Kim Il-gu, Kim Gyeong-ho’s style creates a different atmosphere. This production is a chance to hear the “Song of Red Cliff” in the firm yet dignified Dongpyeonje tradition.

The performance starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets are all 20,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr



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.

The program includes “Giselle,” “Life is...,” “Swan Lake,” and “Empress Myeonseong.”

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


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


Hoam Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center

Today 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 is today 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


Nami Island, Chuncheon, Gangwon

July 2 and 3:This outdoor festival features special guests such as KT Tunstall on the first day and Brian McKnight on the second day, along with a slew of Korean indie bands.

Food is available from restaurants like Di Matteo’s Italian pizza and Hwajaiwen. People with two-day passes can rent camping packages with tents for two to three people (30,000 won) or for four to six people (60,000 won).

The festival is open all day.

Tickets are 77,000 won for a one-day pass and 110,000 won for two days.
Catch the shuttle to Nami Island at Insa-dong in Seoul at 9:30 a.m.
Shuttle prices are 7,500 won one-way and 15,000 won round-trip.
(02) 323-2838, www.rainbowfestival.co.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,” 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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