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2011.7.7 TICKET

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Jung Mina, a versatile gayageum (traditional Korean zither) musician, celebrates the release of her third album, “Oasis,” with a concert at Hongdae V-Hall near Hongik University on Saturday. See MUSIC. Provided by Sony Music


MUSIC


SEOUL PHILHARMONIC: MASTERPIECE SERIES

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: 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

Saturday: 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

Saturday: 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 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



THEATER


SOME GIRLS

White Box Theatre, Itaewon

To Saturday: Probationary Theatre presents “Some Girls” by Neil LaBute in its new Itaewon venue, the first performance space dedicated entirely 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


SHALL WE DANCE?

Sejong Center for Performing Arts

July 16: The Korea National Ballet is practically giving away tickets for this performance, which features highlights from “Giselle” and Spanish classic “Don Quixote,” in a lottery on its Web site.

To enter the lottery, log in to the Web site and fill out an application. All tickets cost 1,000 won, but to get the best seats, you must enter the lottery.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are 1,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1609, www.sejongpac.or.kr


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


FALLING FOR EVE

Sejong Center, Sejong M Theatre

To Sept. 11: This show by Tony-award winner Joe DiPietro is a quirky take on the story of creation. It explores the romance between Adam and Eve and attempts to show how paradise can exist only with the presence of love.

DiPietro has been involved in the creation of several critically acclaimed musicals, including the Tony-award winning musical “Memphis” (book and lyrics), “All Shook Up” (book) and “The Toxic Avenger” (book).

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 501-7888, www.sejongpac.or.kr, http://cafe.naver.com/musicalfallingforeve



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


YEO WOO RAK GUGAK FESTIVAL

The National Theater of Korea, KB Haneul Youth Theater

Saturday to July 23: This festival celebrates gugak (traditional Korean music) with performances by some of Korea’s finest traditional groups.

Japanese-Korean composer Yang Bang Ean presents his impressions of Jeju in his solo concert on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist Baramgot performs on July 14 at 7:30 p.m., GongMyoung uses 30 bamboo instruments in his concert on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and percussion group Dulsori present their energetic mix of music and theater on July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are 40,000 won.
Go to Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang.
(02) 2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr


KIM HONG-DO

National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

Friday to July 16: This musical explores the life of legendary Joseon Dynasty painter Kim Hong-do.

Kim Hong-do, also known as Danwon (Kim’s pen name), is renowned as the first late Joseon Dynasty painter to extensively and realistically portray scenes of the daily lives of the common people. His paintings, such as “Mudong” (“Dancing Boy”) and “Ssireum” (“Korean Wrestling”) are known throughout Korea.

Using the paintings of the legendary painter, the play incorporates traditional Korean music such as pansori (narrative singing) and dance. The production also features projected images of Kim’s paintings to give audiences a deeper understanding of the artist’s work.

The play is set in 1850 in Hanyang (present-day Seoul), and follows two friends, Kim Dong-ji and Son Soo-jae, who love the paintings of Kim Hong-do. Together, they embark on a journey to look for the painter.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2 or 6
(02) 2280-4115~6, www.ntok.go.kr



FESTIVALS


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


JISAN VALLEY ROCK FESTIVAL

Jisan Forest Resort, Gangwon

July 29 to 31: In only its third year, Jisan has managed to establish itself as THE summer festival in Korea. The biggest bands in the world have hopped over the East Sea from the Fuji Rock Fest in the last couple of years to take the main stage at Jisan, including Basement Jaxx, Oasis, Massive Attack, Belle & Sebastian, Vampire Weekend, Pet Shop Boys and Muse. This year the Brits are truly invading with a different British band headlining each night. The Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Suede top the bill from Friday to Sunday, respectively.

Jisan is also a great place to see Korean bands and this year indie favorites Jang Ki-Ha and The Faces return and will be joined by, amongst others, Dear Cloud and Kingston Rudieska.

The festival is set in the luscious Jisan Valley and offers a great weekend to mix and mingle with people from all over the peninsula as well as to eat, drink and be merry.

A one-day pass costs 110,000 won and a three-day pass costs 220,000 won.
1544-6399 , ticket.interpark.com/global, http://valleyrockfestival.mnet.com


PENTAPORT ROCK FESTIVAL

Dream Park, Incheon

Aug. 5 to 7: Pentaport’s lineup has suffered somewhat since Jisan came onto the scene, but it still offers big names as well as a more underground, indie feel. It is popular with music fans and isn’t on the same weekend as Jisan, so die-hard music fans will be able to got to both. This year, evergreen rockers Korn will headline the festival and will be joined by English indie-dance-punk-new-wave-rockers the Ting Tings and !!!, a dance-punk band from California. The Plain White T’s will also be on hand to play their hit “Hey There Delilah.”

Pentaport is also known as something of a showcase for underground Korean bands, too, and this year is no exception. No Brain and Vidulgi OoyoO will be there. The festival site, Incheon Dream Park, is a former landfill and is only 20 miles from downtown Seoul.

A one-day pass costs 88,000 won, a two-day pass is 132,000 won and a three-day pass is 165,000 won. Discounts are available for those booking tickets before Aug. 4.
1544-1555, www.pentaportrock.com


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