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Universal Ballet will be staging Kenneth MacMillan’s version of “Romeo and Juliet” in October at the Seoul Arts Center. For the performance, Alessandra Ferri, former principal dancer and Herman Cornejo, current principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, pictured above, will be visiting Korea. See THEATER. [ROSALIE O CONNOR]



Opera House, Seoul Arts Center

Oct. 22-29:
The Universal Ballet will perform the Kenneth MacMillan (1929-92) version of “Romeo and Juliet.” It was his first three-act ballet that was completed in 1965. MacMillan’s version of “Romeo and Juliet” is well known for its flamboyant choreography.

Alessandra Ferri, former principal dancer and Herman Cornejo, current principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater are coming to Korea to be on stage on October 23 and 26. Ferri has gained worldwide acclamation for playing the role of Juliet. The first act displays the masquerade, the threshold of the tragedy; the second features the balcony scene pas de deux; the act three opens in Juliet’s bedroom, heading for the tragic ending.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 7 p.m. on Saturday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Performance on Oct. 29 starts at 3 p.m.

There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.


Charlotte Theater

To Oct. 3:
People in Korea often go to see horror movies to escape the hot weather, but one musical is trying to lure people into the theater as well.

“Sweeney Todd” tells the story of a barber who, with the help of accomplice Mrs. Lovett, attempts to get revenge on the fiendish Judge Turpin.

The musical gained popularity on Broadway after its world premiere in 1979 and has been remade over the years, winning multiple Tony Awards.

The star-studded cast of this production includes Jo Seung-woo and Yang Jun-mo as Todd, as well as Ock Joo-hyun and Jeon Mi-do as Mrs. Lovett.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.




Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Oct. 5-7:
Gugak musician Jang Sa-ik is giving a performance after having surgery on his vocal cord that had a lump. As his expertise lies in pansori, or the traditional narrative singing, the singer has to project the sound as loud as possible and be exact at the same time.

The title of the performance, “Like a Flower, Like a Tear,” is from a poem written by Kim Chun-su. In a letter he wrote while he could not sing he was full of tears, and now finally, he felt like a flower after being able to sing again. Beginning with this show in Seoul in October, he plans to perform in seven other cities. It is a new beginning to his singing career.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.


Main Hall Hae, National Theater of Korea

Oct. 6-8:
Tradition meets the modern with “Scent of Ink,” which offers a whole new perspective on Korean dance.

The performance expresses the spirit of scholars by focusing on four men who feel as if they are in an ink painting.

The group performs the four seasons. It’s a traditional dance, but the company adds modern elements to counter the impression that old is inherently stuffy or antiquated.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets range from 20,000 to 70,000 won.

Dongkuk University Station, line No. 3, exit 2 for the shuttle bus. Bus 02 or 420, the National Theater of Korea bus stop.


Andong, Northern Gyeongsang Province

Sept. 30 to Oct. 9:
The traditional form of Korean mask dance known as talchum will be showcased at this festival in Andong, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Unlike other forms of dance, viewers are invited to participate during performances of talchum, which is one of the form’s unique characteristics.

The area around the festival is known for being home to 317 Korean cultural assets, including numerous seowon (traditional education centers).

A timetable for the festival will be available at www.maskdance.com, available one month before the festival begins.

Visitors can purchase tickets at the venue.

Tickets cost 7,000 won for adults and 5,000 won for students and seniors.



Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Friday to Sunday:
Korea’s queen is back to entertain fans with three days of concerts. Lee Sunhee debuted in 1984 with the song “To J,” which immediately became a hit. She’s now known by many as the “National Diva” or the “Queen of Female Vocalists,” and has established her name in the music industry with her impressive and emotional catalogue. She is also a songwriter, having penned many of the tracks on her later albums.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 99,000 ($88) to 154,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7 or 9.


Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang

Pianists Yuhki Kuramoto, Yiruma, Klazz Brothers and Cuba Percussion will offer varied takes on the instrument through “Piano Paradiso.”

Kuramoto and Yiruma appear in the first part of the concert, followed by the Klazz Brothers and Cuba Percussion, who mix classical, jazz and salsa. The final two groups will be joined by vocalist Horan from Clazziquai.

The event, modeled after concerts like BBC Proms, and NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, aims to bring classical music to a wider audience.

The show starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from 4,000 won to 240,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.


Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang

For the last three years, Disney in Concert has been giving families an evening outdoors where they can listen to their favorite Disney songs. Last year’s show saw many children come dressed as Elsa from “Frozen,” Simba from “The Lion King” and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”

Every year, a special guest performs alongside the Disney Concert performers and Ditto Orchestra, and this year the event will feature young singer Oh Yeon-jun. Oh gained popularity after appearing on an Mnet program as a singing prodigy. He stole the show with Disney tracks like “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas” and “Reflection” from “Mulan,” which he is expected to reprise.

The concert starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 240,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.


Ewha Womans University, Kim Young-ui Hall

Sept. 9:
At the “Pipe Organ Festival at Ewha,” organist Carol Williams will perform a variety of pipe organ pieces, such as the classics of Johann Sebastian Bach as well as pieces she has composed including “Suite for Organ, Op. 5.” She has added her own cutting edge style to the classical pipe organ.

Williams was named the first woman in the United States to be the Civic Organist in 2001 and she is currently working as the Organist of San Diego, California. She is also famous for collaborating with musicians from diverse genres including jazz, rock and the blues.

The festival at the university is held annually, inviting famous artists to present the charm of pipe organ.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost 20,000 won.

Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 3.



Yonsei University, Kumho Art Hall Yonsei

Sept. 21:
Every third Wednesday, a special concert titled “Yonsei Classic” is held at the Kumho Art Hall Yonsei. The series began in March and has invited a variety of classical musicians. In September, Yonsei Classic hosts a recital by an Austrian violinist Rainer Kuchl.

Kuchl has led the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera for 45 years as a concertmaster since 1971 at the age of 20. Kuchl has given performances with various maestros of the century such as Karl Bohm, Leonard Bernstein and Carlos Kleiber among others. Also, in 1973, he founded the Kuchl-Quartet, which is presently known as the Vienna Musikverein Quartet. After August, he retires from the Vienna Philharmonic, and this will be his first recital in Korea after retirement.

From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Kuchl will play his favorite pieces.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 5,000 won to 40,000 won.

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


Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

Sept. 23-25:
After five years, the third label concert of Antenna, the talent agency of Yoo Hee-yeol is ready to meet the fans. Jung Jae-hyung, Toy, Lucid Fall, Peppertones and five more singers are ready for the concert. Additionally, Yoo will be on stage under the name of Toy.

Originally the concert has been scheduled for only two days in weekend, but due to popular demand, the tickets were sold out quickly. So the agency decided to add one more day, Friday.

With the agency’s motto of “Good People, Good Music,” the well-made stage with special collaborations among the artists will be performed.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 99,000 won to 132,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.



Jamsil Olympic Stadium

Friday and Saturday:
This unique spectacle of an electronic dance music festival is taking place at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in September. ARCADIA is the only show in Seoul where audiences can experience a combination of state-of-the-art technology, dynamic performances, world-renowned DJs, powerful special effects and laser shows that light up the night sky.

Beginning in Bristol, England, ARCADIA has evolved into one of the world’s major music festivals. With its intense energy, the event is known for featuring underground drum and bass, techno and house artists.

The show starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets range from 88,000 won to 138,000 won.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exits 6 and 7.


Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang

Oct. 22 and 23:
The Grand Mint Festival, which offers a combination of music and nature, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Fifty artists will perform across four stages, including famous indie musicians like 10cm, Daybreak, Kwak Jin-eon and Broccoli. Attendees can also participate in various attractions. Entrance will be free for fans that have attended every year thus far, who will also receive a special gift. The festival starts at 12 p.m.

One-day passes cost 99,000 won and a two-day pass is 158,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3, or Mongchontoseong Station, line No. 8, exit 1.

*Event information collected from the Korea Tourism Organization. Tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
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