Adaptation of Green Day’s rock opera comes to Korea with orginal cast
The Broadway musical American Idiot will be staged with its original cast and production staff, led by director Michael Mayer. The musical is a one-act, through-sung stage musical, an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day’s rock opera of the same name. The story centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions, while Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. The screenplay was jointly written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Mayer.
PERIOD: Sep 5–22
VENUE: Blue Square
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000–150,000
MORE INFO: www.bluesquare.kr
GETTING THERE: Hangangjin Station (Line 6), Exit 3
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European Jazz Festival 2013 is devoted to showcasing Europe’s latest jazz scene through recitals and collaborative sessions by eight stellar acts from six European countries. The list of the performers includes Espen Eriksen of Norway, Ulf Wakenius of Sweden, Martin Taylor of the UK, and the Pierrik Pedron trio of France. Although jazz originated from America, the genre was popular in Europe from its earliest days. There was also a number of prominent American jazz musicians who migrated and moved their careers to various European capitals.
PERIOD: Sep 6–7
VENUE: Mapo Art Center
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000–80,000
MORE INFO: T. 010-2693-1632
GETTING THERE: Daeheung Station (Line 6), Exit 2
Boombap Trohh Korea 2013
The Boombap Trohh Korea 2013 is cited as Korea’s first hip-hop/dubstep festival. Dubstep, an electronic music genre where the bass and drum is notably powerful, is sometimes referred to as “electronic heavy metal.” The festival will also feature acoustic rock, street dance, art exhibitions, and fashion trends. Along with American hip-hop artist A$AP ROCKY, Dubstep DJ, and other international acts, top-tier local artists such as Deepflow, Babynine, Dead’ P, JTONG, and MASKUZ will join the festival.
PERIOD: Sep 6–8
VENUE: Songdo Geunlin Park, Incheon
ADMISSION: KRW 55,000–130,000
MORE INFO: http://boombaptrohh.com
GETTING THERE: Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway), Exit 1
ECM Music Festival
Celebrated artists affiliated with the ECM label will hold a series of concerts during the multiday ECM Music Festival. On Sep 3, American guitarist Ralph Towner will team up with vocalist Shin Yeah-won. Grammy Award-winning American violist Kim Kashkashian will hold a recital, and British jazz singer and lyricist Norma Winstone will sing a select rendition from her albums Distances and Stories Yet to Tell on Sep 5 and 6, respectively. Maestro Chung Myung-whun will lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra to collaborate with pianist Andras Schiff and oboist Heinz Holliger on Sep 7.
PERIOD: Sep 3–7
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–150,000
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5
French pianist Pascal Amoyel is widely known for his pioneering work in the development of theatrical concerts, as evidenced by the 2005 work he cowrote, Block 15, performed with cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand. The duo will come to Seoul to present Block 15. The concert production depicts the story of two musicians saved by music during the Second World War. Amoyel is famous for his performances of solo piano music by Liszt, Chopin, and Scriabin.
DATE: Sep 10
ADMISSION: Seoul Arts Center
ADMISSION: KRW 33,000–77,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-720-3933
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5
RASKB: 6 Days in Beijing/Xian for Chuseok
Join the RAS on a trip to Beijing and Xian during the Chuseok Holidays. We leave on the Saturday prior and return on the day of Chuseok, so that you have a couple extra days for rest and relaxation before going back to your regular routine. We have 15 spaces available and a several seats are already being held, but we would love to have many of our members join on this special trip. Reserve a space for yourself soon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name(s) and scanned copy of your passport.
DATE: Sep 14—19
COST: Member Price: KRW 1,600,000 (shared) / KRW 1,820,000 (single)
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