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2012.1.12 TICKET

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Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos will perform with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul. See MUSIC. Chung Myung-whun conducts. Provided by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra


MUSIC

2012 NEW YEAR CONCERT

Kumho Art Hall

Today: Two acclaimed young musicians, violinist Shin Hyun-su and pianist Kim Tae-hyung, will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24, “Spring,” Brahms’ “Scherozo” and other classics.

Both Shin and Kim made their debut with Kumho’s “Gifted People” concert and since then have been receiving awards at international events such as the Concours International Marguerite Long and Concours Reine Elisabeth.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost 8,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

VIRTUOSO SERIES

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Friday: Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos will perform his first concert in Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Volodos has played with a variety of internationally renowned orchestras including the Berlin, Munich and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, among many others.

The program includes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, “Ravel-Ma Mere I Oye Suite,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite. Chung Myung-whun conducts.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

PAT METHENY

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

Friday: American jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny will perform with double-bassist Larry Grenadier.

Metheny, the winner of 18 Grammy Awards, is one of the most critically acclaimed jazz musicians of the ’70s 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

BEIRUT

Ax-Korea

Jan. 25: American band Beirut make their debut in Korea to promote their latest album “The Rip Tide.”

The band was originally the project of Zach Condon, who now leads a rotating group of members on tour.

Condon is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flugelhorn, ukulele, trumpet, mandolin, accordion and more.

Musically, the band’s influences range from Balkan-inspired melodies to French and American pop.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are 88,000 won.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
1544-1555, www.ax-korea.com or ticket.interpark.com

JOY OF STRINGS NEW YEAR CONCERT

Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Jan. 30: The Joy of Strings celebrates its 15th anniversary with a New Year’s concert called “Dream of Dragon.”

Through the years, the group has performed at the Seoul Arts Center, Busan Cultural Center, Gyeonggi Arts Center and others, in addition to appearing on television shows such as EBS’s “Space Sympathy.”

The program includes Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043 and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins and String Orchestra.

The performance is at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



THEATER

TWELFTH NIGHT

Dream Forest Art Center, Performance Hall

To Sunday: Theater Seoul presents Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

Theater Seoul offers performances starring and presented for children. It has been presenting productions in English for 16 years.

In “Twelfth Night,” the lead character, Viola is shipwrecked in the coastal region of Illyria, where she is rescued by Lady Olivia. Viola goes to work for Olivia after disguising herself as a man, which makes for some very hilarious misunderstandings.

The play will be performed in English.

Performances are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets are 20,000 won.
Miasamgeori Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 747-0035, www.smusical.com

ZORRO

Blue Square Musical Hall

To Sunday: The adventurous tale of Zorro unfolds as a musical in this production performed by a full Korean cast.

The show features music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron and boasts a combination of acrobatics, dancing and dueling.

It is based on “Zorro,” the 2005 mock-biography of the masked swordsman by Isabel Allende, and opened in London in 2008.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; at 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 130,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

ROMEO AND JULIET

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater

To Jan. 29: Romeo and Juliet will be performed for children to help them understand the timeless Shakespeare play more easily.

The Seoul Metropolitan Theater has long been transforming Shakespeare into plays that both children and parents can enjoy. There are events every Wednesday and Thursday.

Performances are at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays; at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

Charlotte Theater

Jan. 27 to June 3: This musical based on Boris Pasternak’s 20th-century novel of the same title is performed for the first time in Korea.

Hong Kwang-ho, known for his performance in “Jekyll and Hyde” (2011), will play the lead role.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line Nos. 2 and 8, exit 3
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE

SEASONAL CUSTOMS CONCERT

Samcheonggak, Ilwhadang Concert Hall

Jan. 23 to 24: This event for the new year features performances, folk games and festive dishes. It takes place at Samcheonggak, a cultural site near the Blue House.

The event starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets are 80,000 won.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



FESTIVALS

SEOUL ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ilsan Kintex, Gyeonggi

Saturday: The Seoul Electronic Music Festival is back in Korea for the second time, ready to heat up the capital in the middle of winter.

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

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

The rest of the lineup consists of popular local bands such as Idiotape, who have performed at two consecutive Global Gathering festivals.

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


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