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Pianist Kim Sun-wook, 25, will perform the first concert in a series of solo shows featuring Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas tonight at the LG Arts Center in southern Seoul. See MUSIC, left. Provided by Vincero


MUSIC



KIM SUN-WOOK

LG Arts Center

Tonight: Pianist Kim Sun-wook gives the first in a series of solo concerts featuring the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas.

Kim, the 2006 Unesco Person of the Year, will play all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas over the next two years, a feat that has previously been performed by Alfred Brendel and Wilhelm Kempff. This year, Kim will perform sonatas No. 1 through No. 16. Other concerts will take place on June 21, Sept. 6 and Nov. 8.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7

1544-1555, www.lgart.com



LMFAO

Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

April 7: There will be a lot of shuffling in Olympic Hall when the duo LMFAO rocks the house.

Their hit “Party Rock Anthem” is ubiquitous on the streets and in the clubs of Seoul, and for the first time, fans can join the group live for some champagne showers. RedFoo and SkyBlu call their music “party rock,” and their songs “Shots,” “Get Crazy” and “Sexy and I Know It” suggest they’re not talking about bingo night.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 88,000 won to 121,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



THE ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sunday to April 24: The Seoul Arts Center presents its 24th annual Orchestra Festival in commemoration of the opening of the concert hall in 1989. The Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, Ewha Womans University Orchestra and Unpa Memorial Orchestra are just three of the ensembles from across the nation set to perform during the 24-day festival. Pianist Kim Dae-jin, soprano Seo Sun-young - who won the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition - and many other notable artists will be performing solo shows as well. The festival will wrap up with a performance by the Unpa Memorial Orchestra, which was formed in memory of Im Won-sik (1919-2002), one the fathers of Korean symphony orchestras.

The concerts start at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

1588-7890, www.sac.or.kr





THEATER



MOKRAN SISTER

Doosan Art Center, Space 111

To April 7: This performance explores the relationship between North and South Korea through the perspective of a young girl, Cho Mokran. The Doosan Art Center’s “Marginal People Series” began last year, and its latest production is the third play dealing with the legacies of the Korean War. Cho Mokran, a North Korean defector, looses all her money to a broker who falsely promised to bring her family to the South. But she doesn’t stop her fight to reunite with her family and begins earning money by taking care of Cho Tae-san, a historian struggling with depression.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won.

Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1

1544-1555, www.doosanartcenter.com



ART

White Box Theater

Tomorrow to April 8: Probationary Theater Company presents the Tony Award-winning comedy “Art” by Yasmina Reza.

Serge, Marc and Yvan are longtime friends until the day Serge buys a piece of modern art - a white canvas with a white line on it - and his friends are horrified to discover he has paid 200,000 euros ($262,800) for it.

This gleeful 80-minute comedy of “men behaving badly” questions the meaning of art, friendship and the price we pay for both. It will be performed in English with Korean subtitles. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are 15,000 won.

Hyochang Park Station, line No. 6, exit 2

www.probationarytheatre.com



THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,

Grand Theater

April 5 to 8: The Universal Ballet Company will perform its version of this timeless classic. Based on Charles Perrault’s tale “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood,” the ballet draws on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and the music of Tchaikovsky.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8

(02) 399-1114~6, www.sejongpac.or.kr



SEOPYONJE

Universal Arts Center

To April 22: Lee Cheong-jun’s book “Seopyonje,” which was later adapted to a film of the same name, has been made into a musical with a star-studded cast. Like the film, the musical tells the story of a girl who has devoted her life to pansori, or narrative singing.

Singer Ock Joo-hyun and comedian Park Joon-hyung team up with director Lee Ji-na (“Gwanghwamun Younga,” “Evita,” “Hedwig”) to stage the production. Yoon Il-sang, well known for composing some of the greatest K-pop hits of the 1990s, including songs for Turbo, DJ Doc, Cool, Kim Bum-soo and Kim Gun-mo, also contributed his talents. The musical stars Lee Young-mi, who has starred in numerous musicals, including “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Hedwig.”

Performances start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 90,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



DAS MUSICAL ELISABETH

Blue Square Musical Hall

To May 13: This musical hits Korea for the first time after having been translated into seven languages and presented in 10 countries since its debut in Vienna in 1992.

The musical traces the life of Elisabeth, the empress of Austria, who longs for love and freedom from her restrictive life.

Ock Joo-hyun, who has appeared in several musicals including “Aida,” “Chicago” and “Cats,” performs in the title role.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.

Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



RIVERSIDE CABARET

Gangdong Arts Center, Grand Theater

May 15 to 26: Based on the life of notable singer Bae Ho during the 1960s and 1970s, the production hopes to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations by connecting audiences through music.

Although Bae passed away at age 29, Koreans still remember him as a symbol of the era.

The musical is directed by Kim Seo-ryong, who has directed concerts for K-pop stars Rain, 2PM and Park Jin-hyung.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday; at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.

Godeok Station, line No. 5, exit 4

1544-1555, www.gangdongarts.or.kr





TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE



JAMI

Samcheonggak, Ilwhadang Concert Hall

To June 27: The word “jami” means “good food with a lot of nutrition” as well as “fun” in the dialect of Jeju Island, a tourist draw and the country’s southernmost island.

Admission to the show also includes a menu of Korean dishes and traditional tea.

Performances are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 70,000 won.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com



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