Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House
The renowned Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Valery Gergiev, is coming to Korea for a concert at Gyeonggi’s Seongnam Arts Center.
The orchestra will be accompanied by Korean pianist Sunwoo Yekwon. The program includes B. Smetana’s Overture from “The Bartered Bride,” S. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op. 26 and J. Brahms’ Symphony No.1 in C minor. Op. 68. Sunwoo recently won the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 200,000 won ($26 to $178).
Imae Station, Bundang line, exit 1.
Seoul Arts Center, CJ Towol Theater
The Korea National Contemporary Dance Company is staging a performance using music by Igor Stravinsky. Three of the composer’s most well-known works - “Agon,” “The Rite of Spring” and “Symphony in C” - will provide the soundtrack to pieces choreographed by Kim Jae-duk, Ahn Sung-soo and Jung Young-doo. Kim has “maintained the significance of “Agon,” while realizing the harmony between music and choreography and remaining true to his philosophy of emphasizing movement over narrative structure,” according to the company.
Jung choreographed a piece to “Symphony in C.” He focused on creating a performance where music and dance can be appreciated in unison. The dancers will create a unique landscape of movements, while the audience can imagine a landscape of their own.
The company’s artistic director Ahn worked on a piece to go with “The Rite of Spring.” The company said that Ahn will be emphasizing musical sensibility and interpretation while highlighting the contrast between the delicate expression of femininity and the dynamic energy of masculinity.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket prices range from 20,000 to 50,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5.
* Korean National Ballet: Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
The Korean National Ballet is presenting “The Nutcracker” in its version adapted from the ballet choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, who worked as the art director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater from 1964 to 1995.
The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and at 2 p.m. on Christmas. There will be no performance on the 17th.
Ticket prices range from 5,000 to 90,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No.3, exit 5.
* Universal Ballet: Universal Art Center
The Christmas season is here, which means the Universal Ballet is back with “The Nutcracker.”
The ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premiered in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and has been performed around the world for the past 124 years. The Universal Ballet premiered the piece in Korea in 1986, and performances have been sold out every year for the past 30 years.
The performance starts at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends. On Christmas Day, performances will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Ticket prices range from 10,000 to 100,000 won.
Achasan Station, line No.5, exit 4.
Jamsil Sports Complex, Big Top Arena
Through Dec. 30
This show features extravagant lighting, entertaining clowns, brilliant costumes and exciting acrobatic performances.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Ticket prices range from 70,000 to 260,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No.2, exit 6 or 7.
LG Arts Center
Through Feb. 10
Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 best-selling novel, this musical tells the story of a gifted young girl named Matilda who possesses telekinetic powers.
While dealing with her insensitive parents, Matilda befriends her school teacher, Miss Honey, and defends her friends from her evil principal Miss Trunchbull.
Four actors - Hwang Ye-yeong, An So-myeong, Lee Ji-na and Seol Ga-eun - play Matilda.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No.2, exit 7 or 8.
Songdo Moonlight Festival Park, Incheon
Ed Sheeran, who had to cancel a scheduled concert in October after fracturing both of his arms in a bicycle accident, will hold a concert in Incheon’s Songdo International Business District this spring. He’ll be bringing the unique mix of hip-hop and folk music from his three albums, which continue to perform well on music charts.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 110,000 to 132,000 won.
International Business District Station, Incheon Metro line No.1, exit 5.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater
Through Jan. 5
Created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, of Mischief Theatre Company, “The Play That Goes Wrong” has been produced in Korean, and is being staged at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul.
The play premiered at the Old Red Lion Theater in London in 2012 and had its Broadway premiere in 2017. It won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards.
The play starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No.5, exit 8.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.