[MUSIC]BEHZOD ABURAIMOV PIANO RECITAL
Kumho Art Hall
March 23: Named a noteworthy pianist by the Washington Post, Behzod Aburaimov has made a sensational debut, with many prominent management agencies vying to sign a contract with him.
He is planning to show off his charismatic side by playing pieces from Bach, Busoni, Schubert and Beethoven.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Tickets are fixed at 50,000 won ($44.64).
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7ECHAE KANG CONCERT
March 24: Both a singer and a violinist, Echae Kang will show off her stunning voice and violin skills at a concert with four other musicians. Kim Yeong-jin will play the drums, bass will be played by Kim Dae-ho, guitar will be played by Han Beom-seok, and lastly, piano will be played by Choi Moon-seok.
The concept of her concert is attention-grabbing as four members from the group will perform songs originally intended for five members.
Tracks from her first solo album “Radical Paradise” will be performed differently by a new form of members each time, and will create new sounds from the original. The audience will have the joy of finding out which musical instrument is missing.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are fixed at 45,000 won.
Hapjeong Station, line No. 2, exit 3MUTI-VERDI CONCERT IN SEOUL
Lotte Concert Hall
April 7: Praised as one of the most delicate conductors in authentic Italian operas, Italian conductor Riccardo Muti is conducting songs written by Verdi with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra and Vittoria Yeo, who was called the “Cinderella of Opera” by Muti. This concert is the first concert in which all of the songs are from Verdi. The program consists of songs from the Shakespearean play “Macbeth.”
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 220,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No.2, exit 1GENERATION AXE CONCERT
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
April 9: Guitarist supergroup Generation Axe, consisting of five guitarists - Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi - are performing in Korea. Formed by the famous guitar technician Steve Vai, Generation Axe is a big name for rock and metal music fans.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 110,000 won to 132,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3KIM WAN-SUN CONCERT
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
April 15: Praised as the “Madonna of Korea,” the legendary singer and dancer Kim Wan-sun is holding a solo concert. She is known for her distinctive appearance and funky dance moves. Her hits span the genres of pop, ballad, rock, and even Latin. Her career has also been very diverse, as she has worked in design and acting.
The concert begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 110,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3RICHARD CLAYDERMAN PIANO RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
April 20: The man who has often been credited with the modern popularization of piano music, the French pianist Richard Clayderman is having a recital in Korea. His most popular hits are “Ballad Pour Adeline,” “Les Flours Sauvages,” and “A Comme Amour.” For the first time, 10 string players from an orchestra are expected to play alongside the pianist.
The recital starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No.2, exit 1STAR PACK CONCERT
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
April 22-23: This concert will feature Korea’s hottest R&B and hip-hop artists. On Saturday, Zion.T, Dean, and Crush will perform. Zion T. is known for his hit song “Yanghwa Bridge.”
Also, popular singers from the 90s, such as Koyote and DJ Doc will perform on Sunday.
The concert will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets cost 99,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No.5, exit 3“PHANTOM SINGER” CONCERT
Kyung Hee University, Grand Peace Palace
April 28-29: The stars of the popular JTBC program “Phantom Singer,” including the three groups that made it to the final round, are holding a concert for fans.
The show has made the genre of classical crossover quartets popular in Korea and has brought a renewed interest in the world of classical music. The groups will perform songs that have hit the top spot on the music charts in Korea.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on April 28 and 5 p.m. on the 29th.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 110,000 won.
Hoegi Station, line No. 1, exit 1
[THEATER]SEOUL METROPOLITAN OPERA “LOVE POTION” ENCORE
Sejong Center for the Performance Arts, Grand Theater
March 22-25: Last year’s critically acclaimed “Love Potion” by the Seoul Metropolitan Opera is staging an encore performance. Written by Felice Romani with music composed by Gaetano Donizetti, the finest librettist and composer of their era respectively, “Love Potion” is loved across the globe and comes to life in Korea once again, with the production of Italian producer Cristina Pezzoli.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets range from 20,000 to 120,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No.5, exit 8THE PRETENDERS
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater
March 31 to April 23: In celebration of Seoul Metropolitan Theater’s 20 years, the theater company will present “The Pretenders.”
The story centers around the historic conflict between Hakon, Skule and Nikolas, who represent the monarchy, the noblemen, and the church, respectively.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Tuesdays.
Tickets range from 20,000 to 50,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8
“THE FOUNTAINHEAD” BY IVO VAN HOVE
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LG Arts Center
March 31 to April 2: Praised as one of the most noteworthy theatre producers in the world, the Belgian director Ivo Van Hove is holding his second theater performance in Korea with Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
The play is four hours long and will be performed in Dutch, with Korean subtitles. The play is based from the novel with the same title, written by Ayn Rand, and portrays the life of an artistic and ambitious architect Howard Roark.
The play’s set is notable as the stage props and the actual stage look as if Howard’s office has been transferred on to the stage.
The play starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on the weekend.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won. The viewing rating for this play is 18 for its explicit sexual content.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7DREAMGIRLS
April 4 to June 25: Broadway’s touring production of the popular musical “Dreamgirls” will be visiting Korea in April. Featuring favorite songs such as “Listen,” “One Night Only,” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” Korean fans will be able to experience these hits and more sung by the new cast.
The story follows the African-American trio of Deena, Effie and Lorrell, who repeatedly fail auditions to become singers. The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.
Jamsil Station, lines No.2 and No. 8, exit 3DON QUIXOTE
National Theater of Korea, Haeoreum Theater
April 5-9: Based on the famous Spanish novel written by Miguel de Cervantes, this ballet performance by the Universal Ballet is filled with flamboyant and dazzling moves.
The performance consists of authentic Spanish dances and also provides an exotic experience for the audience.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No.3, exit 6SOL’ OPERA “CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA”
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
May 26-28: One of the entries to the 8th Korea Opera Festival, this opera composed by Pietro Mascagni in 1890 brings the audience to the vast blue ocean near Sicily in Italy, the setting of the opera. The opera tells the dramatic love triangle between the characters Turiddu, Santuzza, and Alfio.
To reproduce the life and culture of 19th Century Italy, costumes and stage props were provided by the Teatro Massimo Bellini, an ancient theater which opened in 1890.
The opera starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 180,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5CHICAGO
Blue Square, Samsung Electronics Hall
May 27 to July 23: Known as the second-longest-running musical in the history of Broadway, the touring reproduction of the cast of popular musical “Chicago” is coming to Korea. Known for its social satire of the 1920s, this musical portrays the prison life of the inmates in Cook County prison.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 140,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3
[FESTIVAL]MUSE IN CITY FESTIVAL
Olympic Park 88, Jandi Madang
April 23: Muse In City, Korea’s only festival with an all-female lineup, is to be held in Korea for the fourth time. Famous female singers such as Lee Hyo-ri and Yojo have also participated in the festival in the past.
The one-day music festival, which launched in 2013, focuses on female artists within a wide range of music genres.
This year’s line up includes Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae, among other female artists. Norah Jones’ visit to Seoul in 2012 sold out and her song “Don’t Know Why” is a favorite among Korean fans. Tickets are 110,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3GREENPLUGGED SEOUL 2017
Nanji Hangang Park
May 20-21: In its eighth year, Greenplugged Seoul promises to bring big domestic names to its main stages, with appearances from rock band Guckkasten, break-out R&B star DEAN and rising stars Bolbbalgan4 having already confirmed.
Known for its environmentally-friendly concept, Greenplugged Seoul attempts to work for a better and more green future.
Tickets are 119,000 won for two-day tickets.
Mapo-gu Office Station, line No. 6, exit 7
*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization.
Tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.