MUSICMUTI-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 Shakespeare play “Macbeth.”
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won ($36) to 220,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No.2, exit 1GENERATION AXE CONCERT
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
April 9: Guitar 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., pictured above, 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
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
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 6KOREA NATIONAL OPERA’S “PAGLIACCI” & “IL TABARRO”
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
April 6-9: R. Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” and G. Puccini’s “Il Tabarro” portray the coldness of a life facing death. The first opera depicts the life of Canio, who murders his wife as he obsesses over her.
The second opera depicts the life of a couple, the tragic story of their baby’s death and the wife’s secret affair. It is known as Puccini’s masterpiece, as the storyline and the music go hand in hand with the cold ambience of the opera.
The opera starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and 3 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5MUSICAL “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY”
Chungmu Arts Center
April 15 to June 18: This musical is a love story between an average housewife, Francesca, living in Iowa, and a National Geographic photographer, Robert, who visited the town for his work.
For the role of Francesca, the Korean singer and actor Ock Joo-hyun will be in stage. She is known for her roles in musicals such as “Sweeney Todd.”
The musical starts at 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday; 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and No. 6, exit 9
Art Circus “La Verita”
|Daniele Finzi Pasca’s “La Verita,” an art circus created after he was inspired by a large canvas painting by Salvador Dali in 1944, which is currently touring the world, is coming to Seoul next week. See THEATER, below. [VIVIANA CANGIALOSI]|
LG Arts Center
April 27-30: “La Verita,” written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, the man behind the famous Cirque du Soleil, will be coming to Seoul next month. Inspired by the discovery of a large canvas Salvador Dali pained in 1944, Pasca’s so-called “art circus show” of “La Verita,” according to international critics, is a “poetic and acrobatic journey into surrealism.”
Prior to the shows in Seoul, the troupe will perform in Ulsan on April 21 and 22 and then go on to other cities after Seoul, including Daejeon on May 5 and Daegu on May 10.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 7 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 100,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7SOL’ OPERA “CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA”
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
May 26-28: Part of the 8th annual Korea Opera Festival, this opera composed by Pietro Mascagni and adapted from a short story written by Giovanni Verga brings the audience to the vast ocean near Sicily in Italy, the setting of the opera. The opera depicts 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
FESTIVALMUSE 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 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 festival, which launched in 2013, focuses on female artists within a wide range of 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 3SEOUL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017
May 27-28: The Seoul Jazz Festival returns to Olympic Park for its 11th year. The lineup features world-famous acid jazz band Jamiroquai as well as synth-pop duo HONNE.
The full lineup will be released in the coming days, and fans will be excited to who will be there, as big names such as pianist Sergio Mendes, band Earth Wind and Fire, R&B singers Eric Benet and Ledisi have all appeared at this long-standing festival.
Tickets range from 125,000 for the one-day ticket, to 230,000 won for the two-day ticket.
Olympic Park Station, line No.5 exit 3
*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization.
Tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.