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2011.6.30 TICKET

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The Ditto Ensemble, featuring, from left to right, violist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Ji-yong, violist Yong-jae O’Neil, and cellist Michael Nicholas, performs Sunday at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall as part of the Ditto Festival. See FESTIVALS. Provided by Credia


MUSIC


GEORGE WINSTON

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: 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.

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


EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Sejong M Theatre

Friday: Contrary to the usual requiems composed to comfort the spirit of the dead, Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” was created to console the spirit of the living. Although the piece is usually sung in German, for this concert it will be performed in Korean. The production features the Seoul Metropolitan Chorus in their 123rd regular concert, soprano Eun-kyoung Kim and baritone Joo-ho Woo.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1779, www.sejongpac.or.kr


KBS SYMPHONY: MASTERS SERIES

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

July 6: This edition of the Masters Series of the KBS Symphony Orchestra features British cellist Steven Isserlis, winner of the 2000 Schumann Prize. Isserlis is known for his diverse repertoire, distinctive sound and total command of phrasing. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and was influenced by Russian cellist Daniil Sharan.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 60,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 548-4480, www.sac.or.kr


SEOUL PHILHARMONIC: MASTERPIECE SERIES

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

July 7: The third edition of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Masterpiece Series features British conductor James Judd and American pianist Nicholas Angelich.

The program includes Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire Overture,” Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 60,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 1588-1210, www.sac.or.kr


JUNG MINA

Hongdae V-Hall

July 9: Jung Mina is a versatile gayageum (traditional Korean zither) musician who is celebrating the release of her third album, “Oasis,” which she produced and composed.

While her critically acclaimed second album was a collection of instrumental songs - mostly jazz - her new work is a vocal album that tells her story through songs such as “Jumeokbap,” which tells of how she once made and sold jumeokbap (rice balls) at a subway station exit but the small business soon went bust.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 20,000 won in advance and 25,000 won at the door.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(02) 1544-6399, www.yes24.com


SUPER SKETCH

Theater Zero, Hongdae near the Park

July 9: The Super Sketch series is a hookup between artists and musicians organized by Super Color Super. Every event brings the artists, the bands, the audience and the party together through the prism of a special concept or theme.

This event features performances ranging from transparent puppetry to watercolor compositions displayed through classic classroom overhead projectors and multiple overhead hanging screens, in time with live music. There is also an art market that runs all night long.

Featured bands include Trampauline, Wagwak, On Sparrow Hills and more, along with a slew of independent musicians.

The event is from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Tickets are 16,000 won in advance and 20,000 at the door.
scstickets@gmail.com, www.supercolorsuper.com


THE ARISTOCRATS

Hongdae V-Hall

July 19 and 20: Fusion rock/jazz trio the Aristocrats is coming to Korea for the first time.

Before coming together to form the trio, all three members - guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann - worked with famous bands and musicians.

Govan was the guitarist for the English band Asia in the ’80s and was named guitarist of the year by Guitarist magazine in 1993. Beller has worked with members of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater and Chris Wolstenhome, the bassist of English rock band Muse. Minnemann has worked with Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert and was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine in 2007.

The concert is part of the trio’s world tour in support of their new album.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 45,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(02) 1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com/global


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 2010-11 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 July, special performance of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Patrick Summers, will be shown July 2, 22 and 31, and Puccini’s ““La Fanciulla Del West,” directed by Nicola Luisotti, will be shown July 12, 19 and 26.

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


SOME GIRLS

White Box Theatre, Itaewon

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



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


KOREAN ORATORIO CHORUS

The National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

Today: Founded in 1945 by the late Pak Tae-jun, composer of the children’s songs “Thinking of My Brother” and “Thinking of My Friend,” the Korean Oratorio Chorus is a historic choir. It got its start performing the works of Handel and Haydn but has since expanded its repertoire to include traditional Korean music, jazz and pop.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are all 10,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
011-259-6302, www.ntok.go.kr



FESTIVALS


GWANGHWAMUN FESTIVAL

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Today: 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

To Sunday: 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


RAINBOW FESTIVAL

Nami Island, Chuncheon, Gangwon

Saturday and Sunday: 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


GREAT MOUNTAINS (DAEGWALLYEONG) INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pyeongchang, Gangwon, Alpensia Resort Concert Hall

July 24 to Aug. 13: This festival is held at the Alpensia Resort, a ski resort famous for its location in Pyeongchang, which is aspiring to host the Winter Olympics. The festival is a draw for classical music aficionados, featuring a range of music by world-class artists.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and at 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from 40,000 won to 50,000 won.
At Dong Seoul Terminal (Gangbyun Station, line No. 2, exit 3), take a bus bound for Hwenggye, on arrival to Hwenggye Bus Terminal, then take a taxi or shuttle bus to Alpensia Resort.
(02) 725-3394~3395, http://gmmfs.com


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