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Contemporary instrumental musician and composer Yanni returns for his second concert in Korea on Oct. 14 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium in southeastern Seoul. See MUSIC. Provided by Access Entertainment


MUSIC

KBS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Today: For its 660th Subscription Concert, the KBS Symphony Orchestra will play Mercure’s “Kaleidoscope,” Dvorak’s “A Hero’s Song” and Brahms’ 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

IL GARDELLINO

LG Arts Center

Sunday: 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. The group is recognized 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

SERGIO TIEMPO

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

RUSH HOUR CONCERT

LG Arts Center

Oct. 11: This concert is part of LG Arts Center’s series of concerts for office workers who don’t want to be caught in traffic before going home. The guest for the second concert in the series is Jangeun Bae, the winner of a 2007 Korean Music Award for her first album, “The End and Everything After.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are 15,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com

YANNI

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. 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

OWL CITY

AX-Korea

Oct. 24: Owl City, an American electronic-synthpop project by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young, is set to have its first show in Korea. Owl City is known for Young’s magical mix of lively digital rhythms and lush melodies. Young first achieved mainstream success with his 2009 major label debut “Ocean Eyes,” which spawned the quadruple-platinum hit single “Fireflies” and the lesser hit “Vanilla Twilight.” Young released a third album, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” in June, which went to No. 1 on the iTunes American album chart in its first week.

The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

WHITESNAKE

AX-Korea

Oct. 26: English rock band Whitesnake comes to Seoul for its first gig. The concert will promote the band’s latest album, “Forevermore,” which was released in March. At this concert, the band will perform its most successful hit singles such as “Here I Go Again,” “Is This Love” and “Don’t Break My Heart Again,” as well as the first single from the new album, “Love Will Set You Free.”

The concert starts at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are 110,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

SON YEOL-EUM

Kumho Art Hall

Oct. 27: Pianist Son Yeol-eum is to perform the first concert in the “Classic Music Composers Guide: Chapter 1, Liszt & Beethoven” series.

Son was named Kumho Musician of the Year by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in 2005. She has since performed with some of the world’s best orchestras, including the Israel, Warsaw, Tokyo and Czech Philharmonics, the Jerusalem and NHK Symphonies, as well as with the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra and every other major orchestra in Korea.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 6303-700, www.kumhoarthall.com


THEATER

LOVE IN NEW YORK

SH Art Hall

To Friday: 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

Friday to Saturday: 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 on 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

RENT

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 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. The theater is dark Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 90,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

VESTURPORT THEATER

LG Arts Center

Oct. 27 to 30: Icelandic theater troupe Vesturport returns with an acrobatic version of “Faust.” The troupe is led by Gisli Gardarsson, in collaboration with the Reykjavik City Theater. Since its premiere in Reykjavik in January 2010, “Faust” has been a great success, with 36 sell-out shows in a row in London last October.

Vesturport and Gardarsson last appeared in Korea in 2008 with a memorable performance of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are 55,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7
(02) 2005-0114, www.lgart.com

ROMEO & JULIET

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Oct. 27 to 30: The Korea National Ballet presents French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s modern rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” set to Prokofiev’s rhapsodic score.

For the first time, the KNB will be accompanied by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Chung Myung-whun. Returning in the lead roles of Juliet and Romeo are Kim Joo-won, a KNB principal, and Kim Young-gul, a former KNB principal and a professor at the Korea National University of Arts.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range from 5,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr

CATS

Charlotte Theater

To Dec. 31: The second-longest-running show in Broadway history, “Cats” is back in the theater in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

The leading roles will be performed by three divas of the Korean musical theater - Park Hae-mi, Insooni, and Hong Ji-min - and the Korean cast and crew will be supported by the musical’s original production team.

Performance dates and times vary.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2 and 8, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE

DAAKILMI

Sejong Theater, Grand Theatre

Friday: The Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra presents music for seven tea ceremonies - including Heoncha, Jeopbindarye and Queen Seondeok Dayouhoi - in a production that also 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


FESTIVALS

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater

Today 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

WORLD FESTIVAL OF NATIONAL THEATERS

National Theater of Korea

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