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2011.7.14 TICKET

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From left, choreographer Peter Leung and dancers Kim Ji-young, Lim Hye-kyung and Kim Se-yeon pose for a promotional photo for “Flying Lessons,” which runs from July 22 to 23 at Seoul Arts Center’s Towol Theater in southern Seoul. See THEATER. Provided by LIG Foundation


MUSIC


DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

Friday: This performance is part of a cultural exchange of choral music between the Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir and the Seoul Metropolitan Junior Chorus. In its first visit to Korea, the Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir, renowned in Europe, will perform German and Korean songs, including Franz Schubert’s “Standchen” and the Korean folk song “Arirang.”

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 to 100,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 399-1114~6, www.sejongpac.or.kr


SEOUL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

July 21: The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra presents the third concert in its Great Concerto series with special guests American conductor James Gaffigan and Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma. The program includes Shostakovich’s, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s, Symphony No. 2.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 1588-1210, www.sac.or.kr


DYNAMIC BEETHOVEN

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

July 24: Presented by Arumdaun Orchestra, this educational concert for young audiences features the music of legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The program features many works that are introduced in school textbooks, including Overture to “Coriolan” in C Minor, Op. 62; Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F, Op. 50; and Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92.

The concert starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from 15,000 won to 25,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 1588-1210, www.sac.or.kr


GOT ROKING?

Myung Wol Gwan

Aug. 5: To celebrate its first anniversary, the arts and culture magazine Roking Korea is holding a party with the theme “Korea Inspired.” The party features a mix of old and new, with traditional Korean music and a performance by B-Boy Ducky as well as other events that are representative of Korean culture.

The party is from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Tickets cost 10,000 won, which includes free makgeolli (rice beer). Admission is free to anyone wearing Korean hanbok (traditional Korean costume) and their photo will appear in the next issue of the magazine.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
(070) 4147-0701, www.roking-korea.com



THEATER


SHALL WE DANCE?

Sejong Center for Performing Arts, Grand Theatre

Saturday: 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


FLYING LESSONS

Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater

July 22 to 23: In this contemporary ballet work, three of the nation’s leading ballet dancers - Kim Ji-young, Kim Se-yeon and Lim Hye-kyung - will perform with Rubi Pronk (Complexions, Dutch National Ballet), Jozef Varga (Czech Ballet and Zurich Ballet) and Casey Herd (American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet).

The dance also features the works of installation artist Cho Min-sang and fashion designer Lee Jae-hwan.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 6900-3900, www.ligarthall.com, www.sac.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 for the Performing Arts, M Theater

July 23 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. There is a Wednesday matinee at 4 p.m. on July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 501-7888, www.sejongpac.or.kr



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


KIM HONG-DO

National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae

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


YEO WOO RAK GUGAK FESTIVAL

National Theater of Korea, KB Haneul Youth Theater

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 concerts 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



FESTIVALS


SUMMER WAVE FESTIVAL

Caribbean Bay, Yongin, Gyeonggi

July 22 to 23: Get cool this summer at the first music festival in the nation to be held at a water park. The program features world renowned musicians and popular Korean singers.

The Friday headliner is American singer-songwriter and rapper T-Pain, who will perform with a full band. Also on the program are 2PM, UV and AstroVoize.

The Saturday headliner is will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, who will do a D.J. set. Also performing are Drunken Tiger, T (Yun Mi-rae) Koonta and D.J. Yup.

The concerts are from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Seoul Station, line No. 1 or 4 and take bus No. 5500-2; Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 6 and take bus 5002; Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 1 and take bus 5800; Sadang Station, line No. 2 or 4, exit 2 or 3 and take bus 1500-2
A one-day pass costs 88,000 won.
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com/global


GREAT MOUNTAINS (DAEGWALLYEONG) INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pyeongchang, Gangwon, Alpensia Resort

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 (Gangbyeon 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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