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2011.9.22 TICKET


Ballet Nacional de Espana is scheduled to perform Oct. 6 to 9 at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul. Regarded as ambassadors of Spanish culture, the company does not just do ballet, it also deploys many styles of Spanish dance, with flamenco at the core. See THEATER, below. Provided by LG Arts Center




Today: 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 March.

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


88 Garden Outdoor Stage, Olympic Park

Saturday: Soprano Sumi Jo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her debut with a concert that takes her outside of her usual spotlight in a grand theater. She will be joined by Steven Mercucio, an internationally renowned conductor; Joseph Calleja, a tenor often compared to Pavarotti; and Richard Yong-jae O’Neill, violist and the leader of Ensemble Ditto.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won and Hyundai Card holders receive a 20 percent discount.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
1577-5266, ticket.interpark.com


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Tuesday: Russell Sherman is a pianist, educator and author known for his imaginative and poetic sensitivity.

He has performed at some of the best concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall, and played with leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic.

A respected teacher, he has taught a number of notable pianists, including Christopher O’Riley, Soojin Ahn, Ning An and Craig Smith.

His book, “Piano Pieces” (1996), offers his insights into the world of piano as well as its influences on other areas.

The program includes Schumann’s Arabeske in C, Op. 18, and Fantasy in C, Op. 17 and Liszt’s Sonetto 104 del petrarca.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 90,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.mastmedia.co.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sept. 29: The KBS Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating its 660th Subscription Concert. The orchestra will be playing Pierre Mercure’s “Kaleidoscope,” Dvorak’s “A Hero’s Song” and Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 83.

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) 781-2243, www.sac.or.kr


LG Arts Center

Oct. 2: Belgian baroque ensemble Il Gardellino makes its first visit to Korea.

Praised as the world’s finest baroque oboist, Marcel Ponseele founded Il Gardellino in 1988 with his musical colleague Jan De Winne, who plays the traverso, and the group has enjoyed recognition as one of the finest baroque ensembles in Europe.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 to 70,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 8
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com


LG Arts Center and Daejeon Culture & Arts Center

Oct. 10 to 11: Venezuelan-Argentine classical pianist Sergio Tiempo will have his first solo recital in Korea, where he will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Ginastera.

Tiempo previously appeared in Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the LG Arts Center and at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Daejeon Culture & Arts Center.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 130,000 won.
LG Arts Center: Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
Daejon Culture & Arts Center: Daejeon Station, line No. 1, exit 4
(02) 749-8821, www.sensmanagement.com


Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium

Oct. 14: Contemporary instrumental musician and composer Yanni is holding his second concert in Korea after his first in 1995. He has accumulated more than 35 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totaling over 20 million copies.

Yanni’s music became popular through events such as the Olympics and the World Figure Skating Championships, and he received a Grammy nomination for his song “Aria.” The program is drawn primarily from his latest album “Truth of Touch.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 270,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
(02) 3141-3488, ticket.interpark.com



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


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


LG Arts Center

Oct. 6 to 9: Founded in 1978 by the queen of Spain, Ballet Nacional de Espana is a world-class company comprising dozens of talented dancers, singers and musicians. Regarded as ambassadors of Spanish culture, the company does not just do ballet, it also deploys many styles of Spanish dance, with flamenco at the core. At this concert, the company will perform two of its best-loved works.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, ticket.interpark.com


Chungmu Art Hall

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.

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



Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater

Sept. 30: The Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra presents music for seven tea ceremonies - including Heoncha, Jeopbindarye and Queen Seondeok Dayouhoi - and incorporates Zen poetry and dance.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 50,000 won.
City Hall Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 3
1544-1887, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Arko Arts Theater, Daehangno Arts Theater, Sogang University’s Mary Hall, Seoul Station

Sept. 28 to Oct. 31: Founded in 2001, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival is one of Korea’s most prestigious culture and arts festivals, offering works ranging from theater and dance to multimedia and impromptu street performances.

This year’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival offers works from Germany, Colombia, Armenia, Japan, Australia, France, Italy and Korea as well as collaborative works by artists from Korea and Japan and Korea and Australia.
(02) 3673-2561, www.spaf.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater

Sept. 29 to Oct. 16: SI Dance offers up an extravaganza of traditional and contemporary dance from East and West by local and foreign troupes. Featured this year are Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg Nr. 8, Shin Eun-ju & Masayuki Sumi and Glims & Gloms Dance Company. Also included are the Korean Identity through Dance series for emerging choreographers and the China·Ghana·Korea·Sri Lanka/Asia-Africa Dance Exchange project. Dancing City continues the festival’s tradition of increasing access to the arts through free site-specific performances.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 3216-1185, www.sidance.org


Jaraseom Island, Gapyeong

Oct. 1 to 3: The Jarasum International Jazz Festival, which began in 2004, features 50 bands from around the world performing on multiple stages set up throughout the festival site.

Meanwhile, individual jazz artists will compete for a grand prize of 10 million won and the chance to perform at the opening of the 2012 Jarasum International Jazz Festival. There will also be shops displaying and selling art and other items.

Tickets cost 35,000 per day or 55,000 won for a two-day pass and 70,000 for a three-day pass.
Gapyeong Station, Gyeongchun line, exit 1
(031) 581-2813~4, www.jarasumjazz.com


National Theater of Korea

To Oct. 30: This festival returns for its fifth year with 30 productions by theaters from nine countries, 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. 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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