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2011.11.24 TICKET

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Soul funk band Mamas Gun returns to Korea to promote its sophomore album, “The Life and Soul,” in concert on Dec. 1 and 2 at Hongik University’s V Hall in western Seoul. See MUSIC. Provided by Southern Star Entertainment


MUSIC

STEFAN PI JACKIW

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Saturday: Internationally acclaimed violinist Stefan Pi Jackiw returns for a recital, “Modern & Modernity,” where he will be accompanied by equally praised pianist Anna Polonsky. Jackiw is of Korean and German descent, and has collaborated with American orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic as well as the Seoul Philharmonic.

The program includes Aaron Copland’s Violin Sonata, Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E flat, Op. 18.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 318-4301, www.sac.or.kr

LEE SANG-EUN

Sangsang Madang, Live Hall

Saturday and Sunday: Singer Lee Sang-eun is set to perform her “Say Yes” concert.

Lee began her ascent to stardom when she won the grand prize at the Gangbyeon Song Festival in 1988 as a freshman in college and went on to record two albums the following year. She rose to fame with her hit, “Damdadi,” at age 19, and has since evolved into a singer-songwriter, actress and writer. She has released 14 albums, including her most recent, “Bliss.” That album, released in September, was her first digital album and is the first on her own label, which she set up two years ago.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets range from 45,000 won to 60,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

MAMAS GUN

Hongik University, V Hall

Dec. 1 and 2: Known for its stellar performance at the 2011 Pentaport Rock Festival, London’s soul funk band Mamas Gun is returning to Korea to promote its recently released sophomore album “The Life and Soul.” After the release of its first album “Routes to Riches” in 2009, the band became an instant success in Japan.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 66,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 9
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

MARC GRAUWELS & FRIENDS

Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Dec. 8: Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels performs with a group of acclaimed Korean musicians.

Noted for his eclecticism as a soloist, Grauwels has worked with international musician such as famed Guy Lukowski and Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos, who wrote a concerto for flute dedicated to Grauwels that was played at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

He will play with flautist Park Min-young, violinist Jung Yoo-jin and many more. The program includes Mozart’s Divertimento No. 1 in D and Chopin’s Variations on a Theme by Rossini.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 6292-9370, www.sac.or.kr

SUPERSTAR K3 TOP 11

Olympic Park SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium

Dec. 17 and 18: The top 11 contestants from season three of the popular reality talent show “Superstar K” reunite for an end-of-year concert.

The show is at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 88,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

SEOUL STRING QUARTET

Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Dec. 18: The Seoul String Quartet - with members Wayne Lin, Shin A-rah, Huang Hung-wei and Park Sang-min - will play Mozart’s String Quartet No. 21, Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

2AM

Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium

Dec. 24 and 25: The four-member band’s holiday concert will reintroduce them to fans after a year of inactivity. 2AM is one of the two subgroups that branched out from the 11-member boy band One Day; the other is 2PM.

The performance is at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 99,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 8
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

PAT METHENY

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

Jan. 13: American jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny performs with double-bassist Larry Grenadier.

Metheny, the winner of 18 Grammy Awards, is one of the most critically acclaimed jazz musicians of the 1970s and ’80s and came to prominence as the leader of the Pat Metheny Group. His style combines progressive and contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, jazz fusion and more.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 132,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

SEOUL ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

Kintex, Ilsan, Gyeonggi

Jan. 14: The second Seoul Electronic Music Festival returns to bring back the heated fun and frenetic energy of the summer.

Headlining the show is renowned electro-funk duo Crystal Castles, whose music was made popular via the British TV series “Skins.” Their album was also listed as one of NME magazine’s 50 Greatest Albums of the Decade.

British trance music group Above & Beyond will also appear. The group is currently ranked No. 5 in the world, according to the annual Top 100 DJs poll in D.J. Magazine.

The rest of the lineup consists of popular local bands such as the famed Idiotape, which appeared at the Global Gathering two years in a row and received a great deal of positive acclaim.

Other acts include Telepathy, Mongoose, Astro Voize, Kingmck, Bagagee and Viphex13.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 121,000 won.
Daehwa Station, line No. 3, exit 2
(02) 323-2838, www.semf.co.kr



THEATER

EVITA

LG Arts Center

Dec. 9 to Jan. 29: The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical that won seven Tony Awards including best musical will be presented with an all-Korean celebrity cast including Jung Sun-ah, Park Sang-won, Lee Ji-hoon and more.

“Evita” is famous for its moving and internationally acclaimed music, with hits such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” It is based on the true and tragic tale of Eva Peron, an illegitimate child who was a third-rate actress before becoming the first lady of Argentina.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 130,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 8
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

ANNIE

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

Dec. 15 to 29: “Annie,” the recipient of the award for best musical at the Korean Musical Awards in 2007, is back in theaters.

First introduced to Korea in 2006, “Annie” delivers its warm message again this winter through the story of the feisty young orphan who wins the heart of a billionaire industrialist. The original Broadway production garnered seven Tony Awards including best musical after it opened in 1977.

The musical features hits such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

HAMLET

Universal Art Center

To Dec. 17: The timeless and venerable Shakespeare play “Hamlet” is being transformed into a musical and will be performed in Korean. “Hamlet” concerns a grief-stricken man who is depressed over his father’s death and struggles with feelings of betrayal.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 3
070-7124-1740, www.uac.co.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 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.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays; at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays and bank holidays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2 or 8, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE

FOLK PERFORMANCE

Korea House

To Dec. 31: The Korea House folk performance team presents eight traditional Korean performance styles, including: Gainjeonmokdan (royal court dance), Bongsan talchum (traditional mask dance with singing), ogomu (five drum dance), pansori (narrative singing), Buchae chum (traditional fan dance), samulnori (percussion quartet) and more.

The Korea House was established by the Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Properties, which helps preserve and promote traditional Korean arts.

Performances are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Korea House also offers dinner; the first seating is 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the second 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are 50,000 won.
Chungmuro Station, line No. 3 and 4, exit 3
(02) 2266-9101~3, www.kangkoku.or.kr



HOLIDAY EVENTS

COUNTDOWN SEOUL 2012

Times Square

Dec. 31: This annual end-of-year event features three stages and 20 acts, including headliner UV; French electronic producers Breakbot and So Me; French synth-rock duo Housse de Racket; acoustic pop duo Autumn Vacation; dance and electronic outfit Goonamguayeoridingstella; indie band 3rd Line Butterfly; indie rockers The Freaks, Summer Here Kids and Mongoose; and indie folk group One Punch.

The event is from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 99,000 won.
Youngdeungpo Station, line No. 1, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

HIGH LIGHT FESTIVAL 2012

Sheraton Grande Walkerhill

Vista Hall, Walkerhill Theater

Dec. 31: Popular Asian-American electro hip-hop group Far East Movement is putting together this hip-hop and electronic music festival to celebrate the New Year. Six teams of artists will perform at Vista Hall while four teams perform at the Walkerhill Theater.

The lineup includes Idiotape, Sebastian, DJ Virman, DJ Feadz, Justin Michael, DJ Yup, Beat Burger and more.

The event is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 132,000 won.
Go to Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 1, and catch the free shuttle bus in front of Techno Mart.
(02) 323-2838, www.mnet.com


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