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Kim Jae-won, left, and Park Jong-hai play the piano on the JTBC program “Classic Today” as JoongAng Ilbo reporter Kim Ho-jeong watches from behind. The program aired its 20th episode in June and will celebrate the end of its first season with a show at Lotte Concert Hall on Nov. 23. [JTBC]



Lotte Concert Hall

Nov. 23: Meet the classical music performers from the JTBC program “Classic Today.” JoongAng Ilbo reporter Kim Ho-jeong has been emceeing the program since January, interviewing Korean classical musicians and bringing them closer to the general public through casual interviews and intimate performances. The program just wrapped up its first season with episode 20 in June.

Featured performers include pianists Son Yeol-eum, Kim Sun-wook, Kim Jae-won and Park Jong-hai, who will play Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture.” Other performers will delight the ears of the audience with their own renditions of famous classical pieces.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 50,000 won.

Jamsil Station, line No. 2, between exit 1 and 2


Simsan Art Hall, Simsan Cultural Center

Nov. 18: The Ditto ensemble will be performing chamber music under the theme “England vs. Italy,” featuring pieces inspired by the two countries. The bill includes Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave” overture and “Italian” symphony as well as Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major.”

The performance starts at 5 p.m.

General admission costs 20,000 won ($18).

Dongjak Station, line No. 4, exit 1


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Nov. 19-20: One of Germany’s best-known orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, founded in 1882, is performing in Korea for a sixth time. The two shows will be the orchestra’s final performance with Simon Rattle as artistic director.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang was originally slated to feature in the show, but due to an injury on his left arm, he will be replaced by Korean pianist Cho Seong-jin, who will also accompany the orchestra for its Berlin, Frankfurt and Hong Kong concerts.

Rattle, who hails from Liverpool, England, is considered one of the most revolutionary conductors in the modern classical music world. His work with the Berlin Philharmonic has created fresh and exciting sounds.

The Berlin Philharmonic remains one of the most powerful orchestras in the world and boasts legendary figures like Wilhelm Furtwangler and Herbert von Karajan among its former conductors.

The show starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday and 8 p.m. on Monday.

Tickets range from 70,000 to 450,000 won.

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


LG Arts Center

Nov. 25: Antonio Sanchez, who composed the score for “Birdman,” is considered one of the best jazz drummers in the world. With his band Migration, Sanchez will perform some of the biggest hits in jazz for Korean fans.

Although he has visited Korea several times, this will be his first performance in the country with his band. They will be playing a set off his latest album “The Meridian Suite,” which was released in 2015. Sanchez says the album is his most daring project yet in his solo career, having made it after working on “Birdman.” Sanchez’s diverse drumming technique will surely entertain the eyes and ears of viewers.

The show begins at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 80,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7


Seoul Arts Center, IBK Chamber Hall

Nov. 28: Listen to Bach’s symphonies and fugues played as if the 18th-century German composer were performing the pieces himself.

Evgeni Koroliov will be performing together with his wife, Ljupka Hadji Georgieva, as the Piano Duo Koroliov.

Koroliov is globally renowned for his mastery of classical music, having won awards at international competitions like the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 50,000 to 90,000 won.

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



Seongnam Arts Center, Concert Hall

Dec. 21: Since 2009, Yuhki Kupamoto’s Christmas shows have been selling out in Korea, with the composer and pianist always inviting new friends to play at his end-of-year concert.

This time, he has invited violinist Shin Zia, clarinetist Kim Han, conductor Baek Yoon-hak and the Ditto orchestra to play a medley of his best work and Christmas carols which he has remade to liven up the holiday season.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 90,000 won.

Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1


Ewha Womans University, Welch-Rayang Auditorium

Dec. 25: The music of singer Yoon Jong-shin often touches on the moments when people reminisce about the past and try to recall fading memories. For decades, listeners have found comfort in the words and melodies of his songs.

Yoon has been embarking on a concert tour since Oct. 28, with stops in Ulsan, Incheon, Suwon, Busan, Gyeongsan and Seongnam. The tour finally comes to Seoul in December. It will be one of his last cities.

The concert will start at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 88,000 to 121,000 won.

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



Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Nov. 9-12: The renowned Mariinsky Ballet and its orchestra will be coming to Seoul to present Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” The performance will feature legendary ballerina Viktoria Tereshkina. Her partner will be Mariinsky Ballet’s first Asian ballerino, Kim Ki-min.

In 2016, Kim became the first Korean ballerino to win the Benois de la Danse, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions.

The show’s other ballet pair is Irina Sapozhnikova and Sergey Umanetc.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 50,000 to 280,000 won.

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


LG Arts Center

Nov. 9-12: Bizet’s masterpiece “Carmen” gets new life as a modern ballet by Swedish choreographer Johan Inger and the Spanish National Dance Company. This classic love story reimagined with modern sophistication explores the powerful emotions of love, desire and freedom. The performance received critical acclaim during its first performance in Madrid, and Inger took home the Benois de la Dance in 2016 for his choreography.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 120,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7


LG Arts Center

Nov. 16-19: Based on the legend of the golem, this play skewers contemporary society for being controlled by smartphones and digital technology.

The classic story revolves around a mythical creature created out of clay and brought to life to do the chores and work of its master.

In this rendition, Robert is an ordinary man who is timid and does his company’s mindless work. Everything changes after he comes into the possession of a clay doll. The golem not only does his work for him, but even tells him what he should wear and eat.

At first, everything goes smoothly for Robert. He is promoted to a higher position, enjoys dates with his co-worker, and it seems his life is heading for the better. Little by little, though, he becomes dominated by the golem’s orders.

“Golem” was created by the 1927 theater company, whose members will visit Korea to perform the play. Its interesting plot, witty humor and hidden satirical message have made the play a runaway success. The play sold out for eight consecutive weeks when it was staged in London in 2014.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. for Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 80,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7



Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Nov. 24-26: Considered a must-see masterpiece, “Onegin” is back in Seoul again for the first time since 2013.

The performance was first staged in 1965 based on the brilliant choreography of John Cranko, a key figure in 20th-century European ballet.

“Onegin” is an excellent example of a drama ballet with its story of mixed fates and cruel love. The compact storyline of passionate lovers and their separation keeps the audience glued to their seats.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 10,000 to 120,000 won.

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


D-Cube Arts Center

Nov. 28-May 7: “Billy Elliot” is back.

The story takes place in the 1980s, during a coal miners’ strike in Northern England. Billy happens to stumble across ballet during one of his boxing classes, and his life is changed forever as he discovers his love and talent for ballet.

“Billy Elliot” is a heartwarming and humorous story about a young boy and his family trying to fulfill their dreams through beautiful music and exquisite choreography.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.

Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5


Chungmu Arts Center, Grand Hall

Dec. 5- Feb. 11: The hit Korean television drama “Hourglass” is reborn into a musical.

When it first aired in 1995, the show recorded the highest viewership rating of 64.5 percent. The story revolves around three characters struggling to live in Korea during the turbulent 1970s and ‘80s and trying to turn back the “hourglass” of their predetermined fates to achieve their goals and dreams. They are affected by the political oppression of their time, crossing into each other’s paths along the way, becoming friends and falling in love.

Actor Lee Ho-won, best known as Hoya from the boy band Infinite, will star alongside Shin Sung-rok, who frequently appears in musicals and television shows.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

There are no shows on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.

Sindang Station, lines No. 2 and 6, exit 9

*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
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