CHANG HAN-NA ABSOLUTE CLASSIC VI
Seongnam Arts Center and Bundang
Central Park Outdoor Stage
Aug. 2, 9 and 16: Internationally known cellist Chang Han-na reached global fame when she ranked first at the fourth Rostropovich International Cello Competition when she was just 11 years old. Now, Chang unleashes her skills as a conductor to bring the works of Debussy, Stravinsky and other composers to life.
Tickets range from 10,000 won ($9.76) to 50,000 won for Seongnam Arts Center. Free admission to Bundang Central Park.
Performances start at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16.
Imae Station (Seongnam Arts Center Station), Bundang line, exit 1 for Seongnam Arts Center.
Seohyeon Station, Bundang line, exit 2 or 3 for Bundang Central Park.
Blue Square Samsung Card Hall
Aug. 7 to 16: Seven guys hotter than the sun are here to liven up your summer. Infinite, a boy band that debuted in 2010, returns to Korea after successfully completing their “One Great Step Returns” tour of 15 countries and 21 cities. With their recently released second regular album “Season 2,” fans can expect to hear the group’s most recent songs, such as “Last Romeo,” along with hit songs “Paradise” and “Tic Toc.” There will be seven performances in all.
Tickets are 99,000 won.
Concerts start at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 to 8 and 14; 6 p.m. Aug. 9 to 10 and 15; and 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.
JYP NATION - ONE MIC
Aug. 9 and 10: If a concert could come in a gift package, it would look like JYP Nation-One Mic. Singer and head of JYP Entertainment Park Jin-young brings his agency’s stars together for a collective concert. With a wide array of performers and genres that anyone can enjoy, this concert guarantees to be fun for all. New singers Baek A-yeon, 15& and GOT7 and K-pop sensations 2PM and Miss A will rock the stage. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 6 p.m. Aug. 10.
Standing and numbered seats both cost 99,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7.
VIBE & IU SOMEDAY IN AUGUST
Yonsei University Outdoor Theater
Aug. 23 and 24: Can summer nights get any sweeter? “Someday,” a concert series that has staged collaborations of Korea’s best live performers since March, continues to wow audiences, this time with IU & Vibe.
Tickets range from 77,000 won to 110,000 won.
Concert start at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Sinchon Station, line No.2 , exit 3 or 4.
Sept. 13: Mark your calendar for the special day when jazz-pop artist Wouter Hamel from the Netherlands visits Korea. This Dutch native nicknamed “Mr. Silky Voice” grabbed the public’s attention with his hit song “Breezy” from his debut album “Hamel” in 2007. Hamel is loved for his smooth voice and modern music style and has performed several times in Korea. Having released his recent fourth regular album “Pompadour” here before any other country, his love for Korean fans can be felt once again through this concert.
All tickets are 88,000 won for the Seoul performance and 66,000 for the Busan performance.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on the 12th and 7 p.m. on the 13th.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
CREDIA PARK CONCERT
Olympic Park 88 Garden
Sept. 20 and 21: Get ready to greet fall with a cool breeze and classical music. There are many things to look forward to in this concert. First, classical violinists Richard Yongjae O’Neill and Shin Zia will perform together, and secondly, Japanese New Age pianist Yuhki Kuramoto will meet Korean pianist Yiruma onstage.
The magic continues the following night, but this time with vocalists. Experience a whole new world on the green grass as four singers perform classic Disney songs with the Ditto Orchestra. This will be a more relaxed and open environment for kids to enjoy music and nature, making it a good event for the whole family. Tickets range from 30,000 to 200,000 won. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 5 p.m. Aug. 21. Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Chungmu Art Hall
To Sunday: Based on Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s original story, leading K-pop artists Baek-hyun of Exo, Kyu-hyun of Super Junior and Jay of Trax all play the main character, Don Lockwood, while Sunny of Girls’ Generation is in the role of Kathy Seldon.
Shows start at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. There are no shows on Monday.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won.
Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exits 1 or 9.
LG Art Center
To Aug. 31: Two drag queens and a transgender woman retell stories of people they’ve met in their lives and the struggles they faced in a society that does not accept them for being different. With more than 200 costume changes under flashing LED lights, this musical is a spectacle. The songs will also keep the audience dancing in their seats with 28 hits like “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men.” Keep an eye out for Jo Kwon from male group 2AM in the role of Felicia, a self-centered yet lovable drag queen.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. There are no shows on Monday.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
DRACULA, THE MUSICAL
Seoul Arts Center
To Sept. 5: Frank Wildhorn’s adaptation of the Gothic novel is being staged in Korea for the first time starring the nation’s most beloved performers. Kim Jun-su, who played Death in “Elisabeth” (2013), and Ryu Jung-han of “Frankenstein” (2014) will play the lead.
Performances start at 8 p.m. weekdays, with a 3 p.m. matinee Wednesday. On weekends, shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There are no shows on Monday.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Baekam Art Hall
To Sept. 28: World-famous rock musical “Hedwig” is back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its launch in Korea. The show is about a transgender rocker, Hedwig, and her band the Angry Inch. It was first introduced in the United States in 1998 and has been adapted countless times internationally.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays. There are no shows on Monday.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 69,000 won.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 22 and 23: Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s work is brought to life in Seoul with the staging of “Tosca”. Tosca is a singer who becomes overly jealous toward her lover Cavaradossi, only to find out too late that she has been manipulated by the evil Scarpia. With love, violence and religion entwined, Tosca is possibly Puccini’s most startling and powerful work. Produced by Sol’Opera, a Korean company that has successfully staged major Italian operas such as “La Boheme” and “Madame Butterfly,” the opera is generating the anticipation it deserves. The show is for those 19 years of age and older.
The opera begins at 8 p.m. on Friday on 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 280,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8.
Doosan Art Center Yonkang Hall
Aug. 22 to Nov. 2: If you thought musicals are all bright and cheery, think again.
This upcoming musical directed by Gina Lee delves into a Dorian Gray-esque theme of trading the soul to the devil. Set in 20th-century New York, Wall Street broker John Faust makes a deal with Devil X for financial success. The richer he gets, the greedier John becomes, until his wife, Gretchen, senses that something is wrong.
A rock musical based on Goethe’s “Faust,” great musical actors like Han Ji-sang who previously starred in “A Tale of Two Cities” as Sydney Carton will fill the stage with tension and thrills. Try watching the show twice with a different cast, as each actor plays the same characters differently according to his or her own interpretations and personalities.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 80,000 won.
Shows start at 8 p.m. weekdays, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and public holidays. There are no shows on Monday.
Jongno 5(o)-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1.
2014 INCHEON PENTAPORT ROCK
Incheon Penta Park
Friday to Sunday: The nation’s biggest summer rock festival, now in its sixth edition, starts in August. After featuring high-profile bands from around the globe throughout the years, music fans wait for the next big star to impress in Incheon.
The lineup includes the Suicidal Tendencies, Urban Zakapa and Orange Range.
A one-day ticket costs 110,000 won, while a two-day ticket is 154,000 won. The performance starts at noon.
International Business District Station, line No. 1, exit 5.
HYUNDAI CARD CITYBREAK 2014
Aug. 8 to 10: Hyundai Card has put together a sizzling lineup for its upcoming Citybreak concert. Psy will perform an 80-minute solo show and American pop band Maroon 5, a much loved group in Korea, will also take to the stage. Korean singers Lee Juck and Nell are included in the lineup too.
The concert starts at 1 p.m. each day.
A two-day ticket costs 255,000 won.
World Cup Stadium Station, line No. 6, exit 1.
AIA REAL LIFE: NOW FESTIVAL 2014
Jamsil Sports Complex
Aug. 15 to 16: Pop star Lady Gaga will headline “AIA Real Life,” the two-day festival hosted by one of the nation’s biggest entertainment companies, YG Entertainment. Big names from the agency such as Psy, Big Bang and 2NE1 will also perform. The second day, when Lady Gaga is slated to perform, will have Korean rock band Galaxy Express and quirky girl group Crayon Pop introducing their hit tracks to the audience as well. The concert starts at noon each day.
Tickets are 126,000 won for a one-day ticket and 185,000 won for a two-day ticket.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7.
*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.