MUSICKIM 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 exciting 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 ($86.35) to 110,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3GYEONGGI JAZZ PROJECT “KOREAN MAN”
LG Arts Center
April 18: A collaboration between Korean traditional music performer Lee Hee-moon and jazz band Prelude, this project has received positive reviews for creating a harmony between Asian and Western cultures.
The show will be unique, as between performances, there will be a session where actors share puns and jokes with each other and communicate freely with the audience.
The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 99,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7RICHARD 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 1GABRIELA MONTERO PIANO RECITAL
LG Arts Center
April 21: Winner of Germany’s Echo Klassik Awards, Venezuela’s pianist star, known for her improvisation of music pieces on themes suggested by her audiences, is performing in Korea for the first time. As well as her skills in improvising, she also performs standard classical pieces.
The first part of the show will consist of Brahms’s “Intermezzo, Op. 117,” and Liszt’s “Sonata in b minor.” Montero will show off her trademark performance, as she will fill up the second part of the performance with her improvisations.
The recital starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000won to 80,000won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7STAR 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 1KIM HEE-SUNG PIPE ORGAN RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
April 29: Professor of College of Music at Ewha Womans University, organist Kim Hee-sung will show off the colorful variations of the pipe organ. Combining organ with orchestra and jazz music, she will show videos and pictures to accompany the performances.
She will play pieces from J.S. Bach, such as “Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543,” and “Sinfonia - Cantata ‘We Thank Thee, God’, BWV 29 (arr. Frank Speller)”. F.S Liszt’s “Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H, S. 529,” and Russian composer M. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” will also be performed.
The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No.2, exit 1PITBULL
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
May 18: The superstar American rapper known to many as Mr. Worldwide is finally making his way to Korea to perform some of his greatest hits.
He made his debut in 2004 with the album “M.I.A.M.I,” and his songs have topped the Billboard charts ever since. Some of the songs that have been the most popular in Korea are “Hotel (Room Sevice)” and “International Love”.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 132,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No.5, exit 3
|Seoul Metropolitan Theater’s “The Pretenders,” selected to celebrate the theater company’s 20 year anniversary, is being staged at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul. See THEATER, below. [SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS]|
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater
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 8MUSICAL “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 9ART CIRCUS “LA VERITA”
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 7
TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCENATIONAL CHANGGEUK COMPANY’S “MR. HEUNGBO”
National Theater of Korea, Daloreum Theater
To April 16: Based on “Heungboga,” a pansori (narrative singing) masterpiece, this Changgeuk (Korean opera) revolves around the two brothers Heungbo and Nolbo.
Ko Seon-woong takes the lead as the scriptwriter and producer, and has twisted the plot of the traditional folktale, and has added a modern touches to the piece, adding new characters such as aliens. Lee Ja-ram is in charge of the pansori, and participated in the performance as both the music director and composer.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and on the weekends.
Tickets range from 20,000won to 50,000won.
Dongguk University Station, line No.3, exit 2 for the shuttle bus, or bus No.02 or 420 to the National Theater of Korea stopKIM YOUNG-IM’S SORI & FILIAL DUTY PERFORMANCE
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Theater
April 22: To celebrate her 45th year in music, singer Kim Young-im, who made her debut in 1974, will perform in this musical that incorporates both drama and gugak, Korean traditional music. The story is about a dedicated mother and her two kids. The daughter complains about her brother’s misbehavior to her mother, which leads the mother to reflect her own attitude towards her parents.
The Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra and students of Kim’s will also participate in the show as performers. Kim has popularized Korean traditional music, and has also collaborated with the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The show starts at 3 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000won to 121,000won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No.5, exit 8
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 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 been 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 7SEOUL 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 as 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.