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2011.9.1 TICKET

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Chamber group Ensemble Ditto will perform an encore recital on Sunday at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall in southern Seoul. Pictured from left are violist and leader Richard Yong-jae O’Neill, violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Michael Nicholas and pianist Ji-yong. See MUSIC. Provided by Credia


MUSIC


MUSIC FROM FRANCE III - DEBUSSY SPECIAL

Kumho Art Hall

Today: The Debussy Special, the third part of the Chamber Music Society of Kumho Art Hall’s 2011 Season, is dedicated to the French composer’s early works, including his only piano trio and his last work, Violin Sonata L. 140. The Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra’s Kim Dae-jin conducts.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 6303-7700, www.kumhoarthall.com


BEADY EYE

AX-Korea

Saturday: Liam Gallagher, former frontman of the English rock-band Oasis, is back with his new band, comprised of former Oasis members Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. The members of Beady Eye, who last visited Korea as part of Oasis in 2009, will perform songs from their first album, “Different Gear, but Still Speeding.” The album has a stronger, more retro style, signaling a new start for the group.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 332-3277, www.ax-korea.com, ticket.interpark.com


ENSEMBLE DITTO

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday: Ensemble Ditto, comprising violist and leader Richard Yong-jae O’Neill, violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Michael Nicolas and pianist Ji-yong, is a chamber group formed in 2007.

The program includes Mozart’s Duet for Violin and Viola and Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” from the opera “Thais” (1894).

The concert starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5
1577-5266, www.clubbalcony.com


LINKIN PARK

Olympic Gymnastics Arena

Sept. 8: Linkin Park, which sold out its previous two concerts in 2003 and 2007, is back in Korea for more. The popular hybrid-rock group is well known here for their music and the inclusion of Korean-American member Joseph Han. In its upcoming tour, Linkin Park will perform songs from their latest album, “A Thousand Suns,” a concept album about human fears that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 110,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 3141-3488, ticket.interpark.com


THE GREAT 3B SERIES - BRAHMS

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sept. 8: The 3B Series is a three-year series honoring the music of Beethoven (in 2010), Brahms (in 2011) and Bach (in 2012).

Conductor Lim Hun-jung leads the Bucheon Philharmonic and a group of talented soloists.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr


GAP BORN TO ROCK CONCERT

AX-Korea

Sept. 17: This concert is packed with a veritable who’s who of indie bands: YB Band, Jang Ki-ha and The Faces, Crying Nut, Kingston Rudieska, Galaxy Express and Mongoose. Aspiring musicians may apply to participate through the Next Indie Star program, which has a top award of 3 million won and a spot at this year’s concert.

The concert is from 3 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are 30,000 won or 25,000 won on site.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 6911-0821, www.ax-korea.com, ticket.interpark.com


YUKHI KURAMOTO

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sept. 17 and 18: New age pianist and composer Yuhki Kuramoto brings his romanticism to Korea for a concert.

Kuramoto plays music influenced by Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Ravel as well as folk and pop music. The program is drawn from his “Romancing Strings: Anthology” album released in May.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5
1577-5266, www.clubbalcony.com


LEE SEUNG-HWAN AND THE REGRETS

88 Lake Waterside Stage, Olympic Park

Sept. 18: The combination of the autumn breeze, the lake and the music will make for an unforgettable night with this group, whose previous outdoor concerts in May and August 2009 were well received.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


ERIC BENET

AX-Korea

Sept. 22: R&B singer Eric Benet returns to Korea for a third concert.

Benet had his first hit with “Spend My Life with You” (featuring Tamia), which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart and was nominated for a Grammy in 2000. Since then, he has had a string of hits, including “Sometimes I Cry,” the first single from his latest album, “Lost in Time,” which peaked at No. 16 on the R&B chart.

Benet was originally slated to perform here in the spring, but the concert was postponed after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in April.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



THEATER


SPRING AWAKENING

Doosan Art Center, Yonkang Hall

To Sunday: “Spring Awakening” is an alternative rock musical set in late 19th-century Germany. The rites-of-passage plot focusses on teenagers who are in the process of discovering their sexual longings.

It received 11 Tony Award nominations in 2007 and won eight, including best musical, director, book, score and featured actor. The show also nabbed four Drama Desk Awards on Broadway, while its London production collected four Laurence Olivier Awards.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The theater is dark on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 744-4334, http://sngad.sejongpac.or.kr/


RENT

Chungmu Art Hall

Sunday to Oct. 9: “Rent” is a musical based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.” It concerns a group of impoverished young artists and musicians as they struggle to make it in New York’s Lower East Side, in bohemian Manhattan, as they deal with issues such as HIV. The production won a Tony Award for best musical and much critical acclaim upon its premiere.

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. There are no performances on Mondays or from Sept. 12 to 13.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 90,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


WOYZECK

Hanguk Performing Arts Center

To Sept. 10: Polish director Tadeusz Bradecki and a Korean cast present “Woyzeck,” Georg Buchner’s play about a poor man who, in order to survive, subjects himself to a series of experiments by a doctor who sees him as a lab rat.

The play will be presented in Korean with English and Japanese supertitles.

Tickets are 20,000 to 50,000 won.
Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 3279-2233, hanpac.or.kr, ntck.or.kr


FALLING FOR EVE

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater

To Sept. 11: This show by U.S. playwright Joe DiPietro is a quirky take on the Genesis story. 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 several acclaimed musicals, including Tony Award-winner “Memphis,” “All Shook Up” and “The Toxic Avenger.”

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


LOVE IN NEW YORK

SH Art Hall

To Sept. 30: This Korean musical revolves around Seo Yoo-ra, who works at a cable broadcasting station and is dispatched to New York by her boss. Once there, Seo meets up with an old flame, Yoo Tae-min, who has established himself as a world-famous choreographer. As the plot thickens, Yoo’s friend David jumps into the fray and the musical explores the developing relationships among the three.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. The theater is dark on Mondays.

Tickets range from 27,000 won to 38,500 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 3141-3025, www.sejongpac.or.kr



AKRAM KHAN COMPANY

LG Arts Center

Sept. 30 to Oct. 1: British choreographer Akram Khan returns to Korea with a cast of dancers from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from myths about angels and the idea of “ascension,” Khan takes us through an exploration of the “Vertical Road” that exists between heaven and earth while criticizing the high-velocity nature of life in the digital age.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No.2, exit 7
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE


LEE JA-RAM PANSORI GALA

88 Lake Waterside Stage, Olympic Park

Sept. 16: This concert features pansori (narrative song) soloist Lee Jaram.

Lee will perform excerpts of the five remaining works in the pansori canon - Heungbuga, Simcheongga, Chunhyangga, Jeokbyeokga and Sugungga - and “Sacheon-ga,” a modern pansori song.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 55,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



FESTIVALS


WORLD FESTIVAL OF NATIONAL THEATERS

National Theater of Korea

Today to Oct. 30: This festival returns for its fifth year with 30 productions by theaters from nine countries all over the world, including France, the Czech Republic and China.

Not be missed is the National Theater of Prague’s “The Makropulos Case.” Written by Czech playwright Karel Capek, the play is directed by Robert Wilson, an avant-garde director, playwright and designer renowned for pushing the theatrical envelope.

Another highlight is Comedie Francaise’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” Moliere’s satirical comedy.

The festival also features many local productions, including “Mr. Rabbit and the Dragon King” (“Sugungga”), a pansori hybrid co-produced by German opera director Achim Freyer.

Closing the festival is “Kim Hong-do,” a musical about the legendary Joseon Dynasty painter.

All productions will be presented with supertitles in Korean and English.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2, then take the shuttle in front of Taegeukdang
(02) 2280-4114~6, www.ntok.go.kr


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