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James Blake

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

James Blake will be performing his first live solo performance in Seoul in two years since Jisan Valley Rock Festival in 2012. On July 19, 2011, Blake was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2011 for his self-titled debut album. In 2013, he was nominated again for “Overgrown” and won the award. The judges at the event described his album as “late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.” He was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing works of Gustav Mahler on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m., at Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall. Mahler never lived to finish his most adventurous Symphony No. 10, which bridges the 19th and 20th centuries. Lovingly resurrected from the composer’s sketches by Mahler scholar Deryck Cooke, this epic five-movement score is the summation of Mahler’s creative life. Erich Wolfgang Korngold had a double life writing for Hollywood as well as the concert stage. His Violin Concerto, among the most difficult in the repertoire, did double duty: Composed for the great virtuoso Jascha Heifetz, its music can also be heard in four Hollywood classic films: “Another Dawn,” “Juarez,” “Anthony Adverse” and “The Prince and the Pauper.” Maestro Hans Graf, like Mahler and Korngold, is an Austrian and has led many of the world’s great orchestras. SPO’S Svetlin Roussev is not only regarded as one of the leading concert masters in the world, but also has a distinguished career as a top international soloist. For ticket sales and inquires, call 1588-1210.

First live solo performance in Seoul

Hans Graf ’s Mahler Symphony No. 10

On The Border New Itaewon branch

On The Border’s popular dishes, including sizzling fajitas, guacamole and burritos, are now available for catering and pick-up for birthday parties, family and alumni gatherings, and other events. Also, in celebration of its opening, On The Border’s Itaewon branch will have unlimited enchiladas from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., where your enchiladas will come with your choice of Mexican rice, refried beans or black beans. For more information, call (02) 792-0682~3.

Club Med

2013 Traveler’s Choice

Serafina New York “The Red” promotion

Serafina New York, a casual Italian restaurant, has launched its color-based promotion “The Red” to offer creative Italian cuisine with a touch of Korean spicy sauce such as fusion pasta with gochujang sauce (manzo peperocino), spicy seafood soup pasta (pesce zuppa) and spicy handmade sausage pizza (alla norcina). Starting with The Red, Serafina New York will continue to develop a special themed menu every season with green and white, inspired by the colors of Italy’s national flag. For more information, call (02) 3443-1123.

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Seven of the premium all-inclusive resort Club Med’s worldwide resorts were awarded the 2013 Traveler’s Choice, given by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel information website. Club Med Kani (4th), Cherating Beach (5th), Bali (8th) and Bintan Island (9th) resorts ranked within the top 10 in the category of All-Inclusive Resorts in Asia. Furthermore, Egypt Sinai Bay (15th), Mexico Ixtapa Pacific (19th) and Turkey Palmiye (20th) resorts ranked within top 25 in the category of All-Inclusive Resorts in the World. Winners were selected from among the most highly rated all-inclusive resorts on TripAdvisor based on the reviews of millions of travelers worldwide. For more information, visit or call (02) 3452-0123.

Groove Korea January 2014  

Groove is Korea's English magazine for Insight, Travel, Culture, Dining and Shopping

Groove Korea January 2014  

Groove is Korea's English magazine for Insight, Travel, Culture, Dining and Shopping