Seoul plans to build stage for classical concerts

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Seoul plans to build stage for classical concerts

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to build a concert stage at Seoul Plaza to host daily classical performances in the evening, 365 days a year.

The city announced Monday that it is inviting public bids for the 240 square meter (2,583 square feet) stage, which will be capable of accommodating 40 players at once. Construction is set to start in March.

The idea to change grassy plaza into music hall was floated by Kumho Asisana Group Chairman Park Sam-koo, who was inspired by the Odeonsplatz, a large square in central Munich named after the former concert hall. He reportedly proposed the concept to Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and after running a pilot project at the plaza between September and October, the government decided to install a permanent stage.

Amateur orchestras will perform classical music every evening at the outdoor stage between 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Seoul government will be fully in charge of selecting ensembles and directing programs.

BY KIM NA-HAN [kim.sohee0905@joongang.co.kr]

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