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2012.8.2 TICKET


“Wicked,” the musical based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” runs through the end of this month at the Blue Square Musical Hall in central Seoul. See THEATER, right. Provided by Andrew Ritchie



The National Theater of Korea

Tomorrow and Saturday: The National Theater of Korea is throwing its annual Tropical Night Festival in association with KB Kookmin Bank. The event runs for two nights, with female duo Moon Roof (Okssang Dalbit) and MC Lee Sang-byuk headlining the first. The theater’s intern group Mireu, which includes 28 artists and musicians, diva Lim Jeong-hee and vocalist Kim Kwang-jin of musician duo The Classic will perform on the second night.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is free.

Dongguk University Station, line No.3, exit 6

02-2280-4114, www.ntok.go.kr


Olympic Stadium

Tomorrow and Saturday: The world’s premier electronic music festival comes to Seoul for the first time, bringing with it a knockout lineup of the some of the biggest names in house music.

Skrillex and Steve Aoki headline Friday’s show that will also include Sidney Samson, Tokyo Big Boy and Shut Da Mouth.

Saturday’s lineup is packed with the legendary Tiesto, Carl Cox and Friends, the Crystal Method and John Digweed. Ultra Music Festival began as a one-day event in Miami and has grown into one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals. It has expanded to Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Poland.

The full lineup and stage times have not been finalized.

Tickets are 110,000 won for Friday, 132,000 won for Saturday and 180,000 won for a two-day pass. VIP tickets are 250,000 won per day.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 5

02-3471-8957, www.umfkorea.com


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Aug. 8: Founded in 1997 by art director and violinist Lee Sung-ju, “Joy of Strings” is a nationally recognized instrumental ensemble that will perform a summer concert inspired by the melodic sounds of folk music.

The first part of the concert will consist of Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra”, Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances.” The second part includes “Arirang Variations for String Orchestra” by Lee Yeong-jo.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 20,000 won to 70,000 won.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

02-780-5054, www.sacticket.co.kr


Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Aug. 18: The Hwaum Chamber Orchestra was established in 1996 and is known for its lively performances. The orchestra is to perform its 37th concert at the Seoul Arts Center, and in addition to playing several of Shostakovich’s compositions, like “Two Pieces for String Octet” and the “Chamber Symphony”, the group will also perform Mozart’s “Serenade” and their own music such as the “Hwaum Project.”

The concert will start at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

02-780-5054, www.sacticket.co.kr


Jamsil Sports Complex,

Assistant Stadium

Aug. 19: Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? For the first time in Korea, he will. Eminem’s “Recovery Tour” makes its way to Seoul this summer after stops in the Americas and Europe.

The U.S. rapper and producer was the best-selling artist of the 2000s, with his debut album “The Slim Shady LP” propelling him to fame in 1999.

He became the first artist to win three consecutive Grammys for best rap album. Currently, more than 86.5 million copies of his albums have been sold worldwide.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are 110,000 to 132,000 won.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com


Olympic Park, 88 Lawn Field Stage

Sept. 8: Following the success of shows in 2010 and 2011, Park Concert will present another elite lineup for this year’s installment. Japan’s Yuhki Kuramoto, Canada’s Steve Barakatt and Korea’s Yiruma have collaborated to present “Piano Paradiso” and the audience will be able to listen to Kuramoto’s “Lake Louise” and “Romance”; Barakatt’s “Rainbow Bridge” and “The Whistler’s Song”; and Yiruma’s “When the Love Falls” featured in the megahit drama “Winter Sonata.” Adriel Kim will conduct the Ditto Orchestra.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 to 80,000 won. A family seating ticket (table for four) is 150,000 won and picnic seating is 20,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1577-5266, www.clubbalcony.com



The National Theater of Korea

To Aug. 25: “Jack the Ripper” has been widely acclaimed since its premiere in 2009.

Set in late 19th-century London, it is the story of Daniel, a passionate doctor driven to catastrophe after a suspicious deal with Jack, a serial killer.

The plot of the musical centers around the murderers and their victims alongside their secretive stories about ill-fated death and love.

Performances are at 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 3 and 7 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets for the musical on Tuesdays through Friday afternoons are 40,000 to 100,000 won. Tickets for Friday evenings to Sundays and holidays are 50,000 to 110,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No.3, exit 6

1577-3363, www.clip2u.co.kr


Yonsei University Amphitheater

Aug. 28 and 30; Sept. 1 and 2: Puccini’s classic opera “La Boheme” is coming to the outdoor stage of Yonsei University. The work has become part of the standard Italian opera repertoire and is the fourth most frequently performed opera in the world.

The story centers on young Bohemians in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. The opera will be conducted by maestro Chung Myung-whun of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and directed by Nadine Duffaut.

The opera will be performed on Aug. 28 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 to 570,000 won.

Sinchon Station, line No. 2, exit 3 or 4

1577-3363, www.clip2u.co.kr


Blue Square Musical Hall

To Aug. 31: “Wicked” is a musical based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.” The Broadway production has been nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design and Best Scene Design.

Performances are 8 p.m. weekdays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 and 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

Tickets are 50,000 to 160,000 won.

Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3

1577-3363, www.clip2u.co.kr



Seowan Theater

To Sept. 22: The modern Korean folk music concert mixes traditional music with modern melodic sounds through the use of the gayageum (long zither of 12 strings) and janggu (double-headed hourglass-shaped drum generally played with one stick and one hand) along with an electric piano and a modern drum set.

Concerts are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are 20,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 4

1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com

* Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.

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