THE GREAT 3B SERIES: BACH
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
March 22: The Seoul Arts Center will end its three-year series on three major classical composers with an exploration of the music of Bach. Previous years featured Beethoven (in 2010) and Brahms (in 2011).
The Korean Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1965 and the country’s first chamber group, will perform Nos. 1, 4 and 6 of the Brandenburg Concertos and Nos. 2 and 3 of the Orchestral Suites. Kim Min conducts a group of esteemed guest artists including French flutist Philippe Bernold, German trumpeter Ales Klancar, violinists Lee Kyung-sun and Kim Nam-yoon, and pianist Park Jong-wha.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 40,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
LG Arts Center
March 29: Pianist Kim Sun-wook gives the first in a series of solo concerts featuring Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
Kim, the 2006 Unesco Person of the Year, will play all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas over the next two years, a feat that has been previously been performed by Alfred Brendel and Wilhelm Kempff.
This year, Kim will perform sonatas No. 1 through No. 16.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 8
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
April 7: There will be a lot of shuffling in Olympic Hall when American duo LMFAO rocks the house.
Their hit “Party Rock Anthem” is ubiquitous on the streets and in the clubs of Seoul, and for the first time, fans can join the group live for some champagne showers.
RedFoo and SkyBlu call their music “party rock,” and their songs “Shots,” “Get Crazy” and “Sexy and I Know It” suggest they’re not talking about bingo night.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 121,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
White Box Theater
March 30 to April 8: Probationary Theater Company presents the Tony Award-winning comedy “Art” by Yasmina Reza.
Serge, Marc and Yvan are longtime friends until the day Serge buys a piece of modern art - a white canvas with a white line on it - and his friends are horrified to discover he’s paid 200,000 euros ($262,800) for it.
This gleeful 80-minute comedy of “men behaving badly” questions the meaning of art, friendship and the price we pay for both. It will be performed in English with Korean subtitles.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are 15,000 won.
Hyochang Park Station, line No. 6, exit 2
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,
April 5 to 8: The Universal Ballet Company will perform its version of “The Sleeping Beauty,” a timeless classic that is one of the most famous in the ballet canon.
Based on Charles Perrault’s tale “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood,” the ballet was choreographed by Marius Petipa, composed by Tchaikovsky and premiered in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8
(02) 399-1114~6, www.sejongpac.or.kr
Universal Arts Center
To April 22: Author Lee Chung-jun’s book “Seopyonje,” which tells the story of a girl who has devoted her life to pansori, or narrative singing, has been adapted into a musical with a star-studded cast.
Singer Ock Joo-hyun and comedian Park Joon-hyung team up with director Lee Ji-na (“Gwanghwamun Younga,” “Evita,” “Hedwig”) to bring the famed film to life on stage.
Composer Yoon Il-sang, well known for composing some of the greatest K-pop hits of the 1990s, including songs for Turbo, DJ Doc, Cool, Kim Bum-soo and Kim Gun-mo, contributed his talents to “Seopyonje.”
Lee Young-mi, who has starred in numerous musicals including “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Hedwig,” will perform as the main character, Song Wha.
Performances start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 90,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
DAS MUSICAL ELISABETH
Blue Square Musical Hall
To May 13: This musical hits Korea for the first time after having been translated into seven languages and presented in 10 countries since its debut in Vienna in 1992.
The musical traces the life of Elisabeth, the empress of Austria, who longs for love and freedom from her restrictive life.
Ock Joo-hyun, who has appeared in several musicals including “Aida,” “Chicago” and “Cats,” performs in the title role.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 150,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
Gangdong Arts Center, Grand Theater
May 15 to 26: Based on the life of notable singer Bae Ho during the 1960s and 1970s, the “Riverside Cabaret” hopes to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations by connecting audiences through music.
Bae released some 300 songs - including “Foggy Jangchung Stadium” and “I Come Back to Samgakji” - when the Korean pop-music scene was a mix of Japanese and Western influences.
Although Bae passed away at 29 years of age, Koreans still remember him to this day as the a symbol of the ’60s and ’70s.
The musical is directed by Kim Seo-ryong, who has directed concerts for K-pop stars Rain, 2PM and Park Jin-hyung.
Performances start at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday; at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 40,000 won.
Godeok Station, line No. 5, exit 4
To June 3: This musical, based on Boris Pasternak’s 20th-century novel of the same title, is being performed in Korea for the first time. Hong Kwang-ho, known for his performance in “Jekyll and Hyde” (2011), will play the lead role.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line Nos. 2 and 8, exit 3
Samcheonggak, Ilwhadang Concert Hall
To June 27: “Jami” means “good food with a lot of nutrition” as well as “fun” in Jeju dialect. Admission to the show also includes a menu of Korean dishes and traditional tea.
Performances are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 70,000 won.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.