Friday, September 3, 2010

Concerts, Museums & Theater

Classical Concerts

World Peace Concert
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 3

A concert will be held to celebrate the unification of Germany and the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. Maestro Brueno Mark Mast will conduct and the Junge Muechner Philharmonie will perform Beethoven’s ``Egmont’’ overture, Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concert No.2 in C minor, Op.18,” Kwon Yong-jin’s ``Kyung-Hee Fantasia’’ and more. Tickets cost 30,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, visit

2010 Ahn Eak-tai Concert
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 1

A concert will commemorate Ahn Eak-tai, the great maestro and composer of the Korean national anthem ``Aegukga.’’ The program includes Ahn’s ``Korea Fantasy,’’ which features the anthem as its theme, and ``White Lily.’’ Also included are Beethoven’s ``Egmont’’ overture and Mozart’s ``Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491.’’ Admission is free of charge. For more information, call (02) 581-5404 or visit

Ensemble DITTO
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 5

The explosively popular Ensemble DITTO will revisit fans to play jewels of chamber music including Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, Op. 81 and Schubert’s Piano Quintet “The Trout,” Op.114, D.667. Violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill, violinists Stefan Jackiw and Sato Shunske, pianist Ji-yong and cellist Michael Nicolas will team up with double bassist Daxun Zhang. Tickets cost 30,000 to 80,000 won.

A Filetta
Centennial Hall, Yonsei University Culture and Art Center
Aug. 31

A cappella group A Filetta, meaning “power of life” in Corsica, will perform for the first time in Korea. The seven-member male ensemble has released over 10 albums and was featured in the original soundtrack of the film “Himalaya,” which won the Cesar Awards-Best Film Music at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. They will sing 17 heavenly songs without intermission for 70 minutes. Tickets cost 66,000 to 77,000 won. For more information, call (070) 8683-3787. Located near exit 3, 4 and 5 of Sinchon Station, subway line 2.

TIMF’s `Mix & Match’
Hoam Art Hall
Sept. 10

The Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) Ensemble will perform songs in a mix and match of electronics, a combination of classical instruments and media devices. ```Advaya’ for Cello Solo and Electro-acoustic in Real Time,’’ ``Black Angels’ for Amplified String Quartet’’ and more will be staged. Tickets cost 30,000 won. For more information, call (02) 751-9606. Located near exit 9 of City Hall station subway line number 1 and 2. Or exit 6 of Seodaemun Station, subway line 5.

KBS Symphony Orchestra
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Through Aug. 27

Young talented Chinese violinist Chen Xi will appear as soloist with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, which will be led by conductor Elvind Aadland. The program features Tchaikovsky’s ``Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture,’’ Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47” and Brahms’ “Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98.” Tickets cost 15,000 won 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 781-2241.

Opera ‘La Traviata’
Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 9-11

As a part of 2010 Seoul Arts Center Young Artist Opera Festival, ``La Traviata’’ is being staged featuring a cast of Seoul National University students. A tragic melodrama unfolds when a rich man falls in love with a prostitute in 19th-century Paris. Tickets cost 10,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 580-1300 or 1544-0113.

Opera ‘Cosi fan Tutte’
Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 17-19

Along with ``Le Nozze di Figaro’’ and ``La Traviata,’’ another Mozart opera, ``Cosi fan Tutte,’’ will be staged to wrap up the Young Artist Opera Festival hosted by Seoul Arts Center. This time, cast members are students from Korea National University of Arts. Tickets cost 10,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 580-1300.

Opera ‘Madame Butterfly’
Aram Theater, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Complex*
Sept. 3-4

One of the three representative works of Puccini along with ``La Boheme’’ and ``Tosca,’’ “Madame Butterfly” will hit the stage. The Bella Voce Opera, established in 1996 and now performing in many cities across Korea, will stage the tragic romance between a geisha and her American lover. Tickets cost 10,000 to 40,000 won. For more information, call 1577-7766 or visit

Lee Kyung-sook’s Mozart Piano Sonata Cycle
Hoam Art Hall
Sept. 14-18

Pianist Lee Kyung-sook will play Mozart’s complete piano sonatas, from Nos. 1 to 18, in four days. This will be a special treat for piano lovers. Tickets cost from 30,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 751-9606~10. Located near exit 9 of City Hall Station on subway line 1 and 2.

Opera ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’
Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 1-3

Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” will be staged to celebrate Seoul Arts Center’s Young Artist Opera Festival. Cast members are rising young talent from Ewha Womans University’s music department. Tickets cost 10,000 to 50,000. For more information, call (02) 580-1300 or visit

Chamber Concert ‘Rendez-Vous’
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 4

Three rising young classical music stars _ Korean-German violinist Kim Su-Yoen, double bassist Sung Min-jae and pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe _ will take the stage together. The program includes “Etude Fantasy for Piano” by John Corigliano, “Liebesfreud” by Kreisler, “Partita for Solo Violin No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004” by J.S. Bach and “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires for Trio” by Astor Piazzolla. Tickets cost 30,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 780-5054.

Song & Dance
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Aug. 29

Joy of Strings, a group of young string musicians under the artistic directorship of violinist Lee Sung-joo, will launch its summer program. The first half of the concert features songs based on Korean traditional melodies and the latter half will be filled with various dance pieces including Romanian- and Hungarian-inspired tunes. Tickets cost 10,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 780-5054.
Big Tickets

Pansori & Samulnori
Aram Theater, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Complex*
Sept. 11

Two icons of traditional Korean music will deliver exhilarating folk tunes: Ahn Sook-sun, dubbed “the prima donna in the world of ‘pansori’ (Korean opera),” will sing to the rhythms of “samulnori” (play of four traditional percussion instruments) under maestro Kim Duk-soo. The program includes “Rabbit Story,” a song that was presented in 2007 at the National Museum of Houston. Tickets cost 10,000 to 40,000 won.

Chang Han-na’s ‘Absolute Classic’
Seongnam Arts Center *
Through Aug.28

Cellist and debutant conductor Chang Han-na is appearing in the 2010 season of “Absolute Classic,” an international music festival for youths. This year, her teacher, Maestro Lorin Maazel, will participate in the event. Tickets cost from 30,000 to 70,000 won. Call (02) 2232-1148 for more information.

London Philharmonic Orchestra With Sarah Chang
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center*
Sept. 17

Under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with world-class violinist Sarah Chang. The program features Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.” Tickets cost 50,000 to 280,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266.

Rufus Wainwright Live in Seoul
Oct. 10

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who moved many hearts with songs such as ``Across The Universe,’’ the title song in the movie ``I am Sam,’’ as well as ``Hallelujah,’’ which appeared in ``Shrek,’’ will hold a concert for the first time in Korea. Praised as ``the greatest songwriter on the planet’’ by Elton John, Wainwright concert will demonstrate his genuine novelty. Tickets cost 99,000 won. For more information, call (02) 563-0595 . Located near exit 2of Gwangnaru Station subway line 5.

Calligraphy and History
Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center*
Through Aug. 31

To mark the 100th anniversary of the forced annexation of Korea by Japan, Seoul Arts Center presents a historical exhibition through calligraphy. Tickets cost 2,000 to 5,000 won.

Art Garden
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts*
Through Sept. 11

Summer is the time when all creatures’ movements and growth peak. Under the title ``Dynamic State,’’ the exhibition features animals with diverse shapes and resembling animation characters. The show will offer urbanites a taste of the wildness of nature. No entrance fee. For more information, call (02) 399-1151~4.

The Pulitzer Prize Picture Exhibition
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center*
Through Aug. 29

Over 100 pictures that won the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize of the media world, are on display. The photographs tell stories in history and everyday life reflecting happiness, anger, sadness and joy by capturing critical moments. Korean captions only. Tickets cost from 6,000 to 10,000 won. Visit

White Porcelain Jars: Embracing Joseon Ideals and Rituals
Fine Arts Gallery II, National Museum of Korea
Through Nov. 14

The exhibition is designed to show off the unique features of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) ceramics through its jars. Such jars as the placenta jar, burial ware and jar with dragon motif were created for specific purposes with the unique culture and the aesthetic of the Joseon royal family at work only within the court. Located at Ichon Station on subway line 4, exit 2.
Pop & Jazz

Park Hyo-shin `2010 Gift 2 Live Tour’
Gymnastic Stadium, Olympic Park
Sept. 25-26

Balladeer Park Hyo-shin will hold a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut and to promote new songs that will be released in early September. ``Gift Part 2’’ promises perfect live sound and a beautiful performance for three hours under the theme of ``Fantasy, Magical, and Mysterious.’’ Tickets cost 33,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555. Located near exit 3 of Olympic Park Station on subway line 5.

Trio Concert in Seoul 2010
Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts*
Oct. 6

Dubbed as the greatest piano trio in the history of contemporary jazz, the trio, Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnet will be in Korea this fall. After releasing three albums ``Changes,’’ ``Standards, Vol. 1,’’ and ``Standards, Vol .2,’’ the three have been working as a team for almost 30 years without a change in members. Tickets cost 50,000 to 200,000 won. For more information, call (02) 399-1114~6.

Arco Art Center

Virginia Woolf’s book ``The Waves,’’ will be interpreted for the audience through dance and prose. ``YJK Dance Project,’’ a team of artists from diverse countries, will challenge the audience to contemplate what distinguishes time and space. Tickets cost 20,000 to 40,000 won. For more information, call (02) 889-3561. Located near exit 2 of Hyehwa Station on subway line 2.

Legend of Flower
Sheraton Grande Walkerhill, Walkerhill Theatre
Open run

Experience both traditional and modern music through this dance production. The performance will feature four acts under the themes “Flower,” “Water and Fire,” “Wind” and “Golden Earth.” Tickets cost from 60,000 to 300,000 won, including dinner. Visit or call (02) 455-5000. Take the free shuttle bus at Gangbyeon Station, line 2, or Gwangnaru Station, line 5.

Billy Elliot
LG Arts Center*
Open run

The musical “Billy Elliot” is on stage in Korea as the first non-English production in Asia. In England during the historic 1984-85 coal miners’ strike, a young boy Billy pursues his dream to become a ballerino in secret. Tickets cost from 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3446-9630.

The Toxic Avenger
KT & G Sang Sang Art Hall
Through Oct. 10

``The Toxic Avenger,’’ winner of the Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards in 2009, is being staged in Korea for the first time. A man becomes a giant green mutant while trying to save the environment and his beautiful lover from evil forces. Tickets cost 55,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3404-4314. Located near exit 2 of Samseong Station on subway line 2.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
M Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts*
Through Aug. 28

Shakespeare’s play “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is being staged as a musical. The romantic comedy portrays a conflict between friendship and love as two friends, Valentine and Proteus, fall in love with the same woman. Tickets cost from 40,000 to 60,000 won. For more information, call (02) 399-1114.

Romeo & Juliet
Seoul Namsan Gugakdang, Namsan Hanok Village
Sep. 21- Oct. 24

The famous Shakespeare play will be staged featuring a special Korean touch. Under the direction of Oh Tae-sok, the Mokhwa Repertory Company, a group focusing on traditional language, sound and dance, will perform the classical play in a unique style. Tickets cost 20,000 to 30,000 won. English subtitles available. For more information, visit Located near exits 3 and 4 of Chungmuro Station on subway lines 3 and 4. 

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