BROWN EYED SOUL: THANK YOUR SOUL
Friday, Saturday, Dec. 24, 25: Brown Eyed Soul, the four-man R&B group, will hold a concert to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Earlier this month, the group released an EP titled “Always Be There” - its first new music in three years.
The concert starts on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m., Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 132,000 won.
Daehwa Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
MERRY URBAN ZAKAPA
COEX Hall C
Friday and Saturday: The popular light-jazz act Urban Zakapa is ending the year with a series of concerts, including two in Seoul this weekend.
Following the Seoul shows, Urban Zakapa will hold concerts in Daegu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Busan Dec. 27 to 29 and Daejeon on New Year’s Eve.
The Seoul concert starts on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 99,000 won.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5.
National Theater, Main Hall Hae
Dec. 21 to 25: Nah Youn-sun, the renowned jazz vocalist, will present her very first solo concerts in Seoul, performing two rather different programs.
The concerts on Saturday and Sunday are titled “Quartet Trilogy” and feature music from her last three albums. For the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day concerts, Nah presents her “Special Christmas” show.
Nah has been living and performing in Europe since 1995 and is signed to ACT, the influential German contemporary jazz label.
The concert starts Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 80,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
CHRISTMAS IN NELL’S ROOM 2013
Jamsil Students’ Gymnasium
Dec. 24: The light-rock band Nell - a group influenced by British rock acts such as Radiohead and Muse - will present a special Christmas Eve concert.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Tickets range from 77,000 won to 110,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
Olympic Park, SK Handball Stadium
Dec. 24, 25: The national tour of Yim Jae-beum, once one of Korea’s most popular vocalists, will wrap up with two final shows in Seoul. The concert tour started in July and has taken Yim to 11 cities, attracting some 35,000 fans. Yim has been enjoying a return to the spotlight since winning the MBC reality show “I Am a Singer” in 2011.
The concerts start Tuesday at 8 p.m.; Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won to 132,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts,
Dec. 24 to 28: The folk-rock duo 10cm will present their very first Christmas concert this year. 10cm became indie darlings in 2010 for their song “Americano.”
The songs on their second album, “2.0,” did even better, appearing on the music charts and turning the group into mainstream stars.
10cm moved their popularity up yet another level after appearing on the MBC’s extremely popular entertainment program, “Infinite Challenge.”
The concerts start on Dec. 24, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and on Dec. 25 and 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost 77,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8.
STEVE BARAKATT’S CHRISTMAS
Sejong University, Daeyang Hall
Dec. 25: New Age pianist Steve Barakatt is known for his lush, romantic music.
While his name might not be so familiar, his song “Rainbow Bridge” is well known to Koreans, thanks to its ubiquitous use in television ads and dramas.
Barakatt not only writes pieces for the piano, but also for the symphony, and he sings and works as a producer. He has collaborated with numerous artists in Korea, including the singers Wheesung, John Park and Shayne.
This Christmas concert is being held in the middle of Barakatt’s first tour in Korea, “Romantic Concert.” His tour will continue to Cheongju, North Chungcheong, afterward.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 66,000 won to 110,000 won. Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1.
DJ DOC CONCERT: AGAIN THIS YEAR
Olympic Park, SK Handball Stadium
Dec. 30, 31: Hip-hop group DJ DOC will have its first solo concert in two years to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.
Its concerts are famous for their party-like atmosphere. On Dec. 31, there will be a countdown to the New Year.
The concerts start Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.
Tickets range from 88,000 won to 121,000 won. Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
Dec. 31: Korea’s rising electro-dance sensation ushers in the new year and its new album with a big concert.
The show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from 44,000 won to 66,000 won.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR 2014 TOUR IN KOREA
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Jan. 19: Vienna Boys Choir, one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world, is returning to Seoul.
The 520-year-old choir features about 100 singers, all between the ages of 10 and 14, and is adored by people around the world for its angelic sounds.
For the Korea tour, the choir’s Mozart subsection will be performing under the direction of the conductor Kim Bo-mi. Kim is the very first Korean conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won. Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
To Jan. 26: A Korean production of the musical “Wicked” is being presented in Korea for the first time. Adapted from the best-selling novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by Gregory Maguire, the musical is an alterative view of L. Frank Baum’s famous story “The Wizard of Oz.”
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays and holidays. No shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3.
D-Cube Arts Center
To Dec. 22: The West End’s popular musical “Ghost” is being presented in Korea for the first time. Adapted from the Hollywood movie of the same name, “Ghost” tells the undying love story of Molly and Sam.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won. Sindorim Station, line No. 2, exit 1.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
To Jan. 29: This musical is based on songs by the late Kim Kwang-seok, one of Korea’s most important singers from the late 1980s and early 1990s, before his untimely death in 1996. “December” is a story of tangled love. Ji-wook and his best friend, Hoon, both loved E-yeon, who disappeared without a trace when they were in their 20s. But, soon, the past and present collide.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; at 3 p.m and 8 p.m. Wednesdays; at 3 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
CARMEN - THE MUSICAL
LG Arts Center
To Feb. 23: This musical version of “Carmen” is not based on the famous opera by Georges Bizet, and only slightly on the original novella by Prosper Merimee. With music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy and Norman Allen, and direction by Gabriel Barre, the musical “Carmen” made its debut in 2008 in Prague, becoming the most successful musical to debut there in recent times. While the basics of the story are the same - a successful young Spanish police officer, Jose, falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl, Carmen, only to find their love threatened by a jealous suitor - this version is set in a modern-day circus and features plenty of thrilling stunts and impressive visuals.
The Korean version stars Choi Sung-hee (better known as the former S.E.S singer Bada), Cha Ji-hyun, Ryu Jung-han and Shin Sung-rok.
The musical starts on weekdays at 8 p.m.; on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays and in the holidays at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall
To March 23: Sophie, who lives on a Greek island, is about to be married and wants her father to give her away, but the problem is that she doesn’t know who her father is.
After taking a peek in her mother’s diary, she discovers he could be one of three candidates, so she tricks them into attending her wedding. Along the way there will, of course, be plenty of ABBA.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 150,000 won.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. No shows on Mondays.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1.
Universal Ballet - Universal Arts Center
Korean National Ballet - Seoul Arts Center
Dec. 20 to 31 / Dec. 18 to 25: Christmas is the time when ballet companies turn to the ever-popular “The Nutcracker” and Korea’s top companies are no exception, as both the Universal Ballet and Korean National Ballet are performing the famous dance. Based on a story by E. T. A. Hoffman, the ballet tells the story of a little girl who, one Christmas Eve, dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and takes part in a fierce battle against the terrifying Mouse King.
The Universal Ballet’s performance runs from this Friday to Dec. 31. Its shows start weekdays at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays and holidays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4
The Korean National Ballet’s performance starts today and runs until Dec. 25. Its shows begin weekdays at 7:30 p.m., weekends at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 1 p.m.
Tickets range from 5,000 won to 90,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Event information is collected from the Korea Tourism Organization and tickets for most events are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.