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Goings-on around town - November 2013

Goings on around town

The article courtesy of Seoul magazine



Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall Nov 11–12, 8pm T. 02-6303-1911, KRW 70,000-450,000 Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit. Transfer to shuttle bus or green bus No. 4429

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Nov 11–12 under the seasoned direction of Sir Simon Rattle. The first-day program includes Schumann’s “Symphony No. 1” and Russian composer Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” where the troupe’s first concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto will collaborate as soloist. On Nov. 12, they will perform “Notations for Symphony Orchestra” by French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and Bruckner’s seventh symphony. The orchestral concert is prepared by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.

Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall Nov. 1, 4, 8 p.m. T. 02-580-1300, KRW 50,000-250,000 Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit. Transfer to shuttle bus or green bus No. 4429 (Line 1, 4, Airport), Exit 2

Under the skillful baton of maestro Yuri Simonov, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra is set to present the best rendition of Russian classical music written by several of the country’s greatest composers. The program will feature Glinka’s “Waltz-Fantasy for Orchestra,” Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6.” Globetrotting Russian pianist Andrei Gavrilov and cellist Sergey Antonov will join as collaborators. The orchestra was founded in 1951, and Simonov has been principal conductor since 1998.

Chungmu Art Hall Grand Theater Nov. 8, 8 p.m. KRW 77,000-150,000 T. 02-337-3277, Sindang Station 신당역 (Line 6), Exit 9

American jazz giant Herbie Hancock is returning to Korea for a concert, the first since he performed in Seoul in May 2011. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy Awards, including the 2007 Album Of The Year for “River: The Joni Letters,” he continues to entertain audiences. Throughout his musical journey, he has transcended limits and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice.

Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall Nov. 2, 8 p.m T. 02-2658-3546, KRW 50,000-250,000 Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit. Transfer to shuttle bus or green bus No. 4429

Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine musician who revolutionized the tango, infusing that passionate and somewhat melancholic dance with elements of classical music and jazz. But Piazzolla would later name Bach as a major influence and immerse himself in the German composer’s intellectual works. The concert will feature six of the two composers' signature works, including “Air on G String” and “Oblivion,” through the talents of violinist Jung Sang-hee, Argentine bandoneon artist Fernando Rezk and Quartet Su.

Doosan Art Center Space 111 Nov. 2-10 T. 02-708-5001~3, KRW 30,000 Jongno 5-ga Station 종로5가역 (Line 1), Exit 1

An experimental stage production focused on art, “Savoy Sauna” is the name of the public bath that its director Yeo Shin-dong frequented in his childhood. The drama starts with the question, “How can stage art independently lead a performance?” Yeo thus shares with the actors the image of Savoy Sauna, a motif of individual sensitivity, in searching for the image of each individual. Through this, the process of connecting with others is explored. This work won the Artists Incubator Program supported by Doosan Art Center.

Doosan Art Center Space111 Nov. 11-Dec. 29 T. 02-708-5001~3, KRW 30,000 Jongno 5-ga Station 종로5가역 (Line 1), Exit 1

Mokran is an accordion artist and singer from a state conservatory in Pyongyang. But her newfound life in South Korea as a defector is tormented between profound conflict in ideology and the reality of the two Koreas. Written by playwright Kim Eun-sung, the drama was selected for the Artists Incubator Program of Doosan Art Center, and named one of the best three drama productions of 2012 by the Korea Association of Stage Critics.

Rolling Hall Nov. 26, 8 p.m. KRW 68,000 (door) Sangsu Station 상수역 (Line 6), Exit 1

Formed in Copenhagen in 2000, EFTERKLANG believes in a continual push to meld classical aesthetics with modern flourishes. Signed with the 4AD label, the Danish trio joined other label mates such as The National, Twin Shadow and This Mortal Coil. Their 2012 release on 4AD, “Piramida,” was crafted on EFTERKLANG’s concept that the environment affects artistic inspiration. Through four critically-acclaimed albums, the trio has stayed true to its roots of electronic-with-instrumental experimentation.

LG Art Center Nov. 6–10 KRW 40,000-120,000 T. 02-2005-0114, Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 7

Ballet Nacional de España, Spain’s premier ambassador of flamenco with dozens of talented dancers, singers and musicians, will take on Korean audiences. The Spanish government launched the company in 1978 with flamenco icon Antonio Gades as artistic director. The group is undergoing a new creative period under the direction of Antonio Najarro. In Seoul, the troupe will present two brand new works, “Grito” and “Suite Sevilla,” tackling the genre with more depth and displaying the traditional aesthetics of Spanish dance.

Sungnam Arts Center Opera House Nov. 10–17 KRW 40,000-80,000 T. 02-523-0986,

The Seoul Performing Arts Company will present the dance theater “Blue Eye Pak Yeon” based on the story of Jan Janse de Weltevree, who is considered the first Western resident of Korea. Weltevree was a Dutch sailor who arrived on the shores of an island off Joseon’s west coast in 1627 in a shipwreck. The Joseon Dynasty at the time maintained a strict policy of isolation, so the captured sailor could not leave the country. Weltevree took the name Pak Yeon and eventually served as an important government official to King Hyojong thanks to his keen knowledge of modern weaponry. Weltevree married a Korean woman and had two children.

National Theater of Korea Nov. 2–9 KRW 20,000-70,000 T. 02-2280-4132, Dongguk University Station 동대입구역 (Line 3), Exit 6

Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece “La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy)” will be staged as an epic drama spiced with a crossover ensemble of ten traditional musical instruments from Korea and the West. The literary classic describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, but at a deeper level, it allegorically represents the soul’s journey toward God. The poem’s imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife will skillfully be portrayed through magnificent stage design and impressive choral numbers. The epic will run 150 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.

Olympus Hall Nov. 22, 8 p.m. T. 02-6255-3270, KRW 33,000 Seonjeongneung Station 선정릉역 (Bundang Line), Exit 3

The Evans Day jazz concert series will feature Crystal Rain as the main performer of the month under the sub theme “Acoustic Universe.” The four-piece jazz group is rapidly establishing a name for itself through a unique musical penchant focused on contemporary electric music and mind-boggling acoustic appeal. The concert series debuted in 2010 in cooperation with Club Evans, a leading jazz club in the Hongdae area of Seoul.

Chungmu Art Hall Nov. 19–Feb. 9 KRW 60,000-130,000 T. 02-557-8898, Sindang Station 신당역 (Line 6), Exit 9

Don Quixote is coming back on stage to help audiences revisit forgotten dreams. Considered an immortal masterpiece on Broadway, the musical “Man of La Mancha” is returning with a star-studded Korean cast, including Jeong Sung-hwa and Jo Seung-woo. The Korean production premiered in 2005 at the National Theater of Korea, and received rave reviews for its high drama, sensuous score and superb acting. The classic song “The Impossible Dream” is the main theme.
The article courtesy of Seoul magazine
Date 11/07/2013

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