2012 12.19 TICKET
DJ MARK KNIGHT
Saturday: Don’t miss the Christmas party of the year with DJ Mark Knight, recognized across the world for his extended seven-hour sets.
He has headlined at major festivals and clubs from Ultra Music Festival Miami to the Space Terrace in Ibiza, Spain. Knight has released albums including “Man With The Red Face,” “Downpipe,” “Good Times” and “Devil Walking,” consistently topping international dance charts.
The show, which is only for those 19 years old and up, starts at 10 p.m. and runs to 6 a.m. the next day.
Tickets cost 30,000 won, which comes with a complimentary drink coupon.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 13
Jamsil Student Gymnasium
Dec. 24: Korean indie rock band Nell will be celebrating Christmas with fans by staging its first holiday concert in five years.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 110,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 8
JOY OF CHRISTMAS
Kumho Art Hall
Dec. 24: Celebrate Christmas Eve by listening to “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and classical pieces such as Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons: Winter” by the Korean ensemble Joy of Strings.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost 30,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 780-5054, www.kumhoarthall.com
Seoul Arts Center
Dec. 24: Soprano Shin Young-ok will stage a Christmas concert in Seoul. With baritone Kai, jazz pianist Kim Ga-on and the Soliall Philharmonic Orchestra, the soprano will sing numbers from movies and musicals as well as pop songs.
Tickets cost 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(070) 7553-7240, www.sac.or.kr
Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center
Dec. 28 to 30: The Korean pop icon is holding a series of farewell concerts in Seoul. Born in 1938 as Kim Hye-ja, she began her career as a singer for the U.S. military.
She has been well received overseas.
The concerts start at 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, 7 p.m. on Dec. 29 and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30.
Tickets are 55,000 won to 121,000 won.
Jeongbalsan Station, line No. 3, exit 3
Olympic Park, Olympic Gymnastics Hall
Jan. 12: Legendary rapper 50 Cent is visiting Korea for the first time to hold concerts in Seoul and Busan. During the shows, he’ll present songs from his fifth studio album “Street King Immortal.” The rapper tweeted, “I will not let you down. I have really been working on this album. STREET KING IMMORTAL will be a classic.” It will be released on Feb. 26.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 150,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3
National Theater of Korea
Saturday and Sunday: Giacomo Puccini’s career-defining work “La Boheme,” which is considered a must-see opera for the winter, will be staged at the National Theater of Korea by the Korea National Opera.
In April, the Korea National Opera staged “La Boheme” at the large Opera Theater of the Seoul Arts Center, but this time, audiences will be able to see a closer, more intimate performance.
The show starts at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Dongkuk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6
Universal Art Center
Friday to Dec. 31: Christmas is just around the corner, and the Universal Ballet will again stage “The Nutcracker.” This year’s production will be the original Mariinsky Theater version, which was created by Vasily Vainonen in St. Petersburg in 1934.
Tickets are 10,000 won to 200,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 3
SANTA CLAUS IS JUDGED BY PEOPLE
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,
Dec. 24: The Sol Opera Company is bringing Italian opera “Il Processo di Babbo Natale,” or “Santa Claus is Judged by People,” by Roberto Molinelli, to Korea for the first time. Molinelli inserted the country’s traditional haegeum (a vertical fiddle with two strings).
The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 160,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8
MAN OF LA MANCHA
To Dec. 31: Inspired by Don Quixote, “Man of La Mancha” tells the story of the “mad” knight as a play within a play. The original Broadway production in 1965 ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Blue Square, Samsung Hall
To Feb. 28: Broadway’s longest-running musical comes to Seoul after just one year.
Performances start at 8 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekends.
Tickets are 50,000 won to 160,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
Chungmu Art Hall
To Jan. 31: The musical “Rudolf” by Frank Wildhorn is based on the novel “Nervous Splendor,” which deals with the Mayerling incident in 1889. The cast features Ahn Jae-wook, Im Tae-kyung and Park Eun-tae.
Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
Sindang Station, line No. 2, exit 1
D-Cube Art Center
To April 28: A Korean adaptation of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” is being staged for the third time in Korea. The musical starts at 8 p.m. weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. There are no performances Monday.
Tickets are 60,000 won to 120,000 won.
Sindorim Station, line Nos. 1 and 2, exit 1
KWON SONG HEE’S PANSORI
Today: Pansori, or narrative singing, is Korea’s traditional vocal and percussion music performed by one singer and one drummer. It is commonly believed to have evolved during the mid-Joseon Dynasty. Kwon Song-hee will hold her third series of pansori performance. Kwon is known to blend jazz and pansori in an attempt to attract younger generations who are unfamiliar with Korean traditional music.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost 15,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 1
Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.