2019.7.4 TicketJAY PARK
Olympic Park, Olympic Hall
From July 6 to 7
Hip-hop artist Jay Park will kick off his first solo world tour with concerts in Seoul on July 6 and 7. The “Jay Park 2019 Sexy 4Eva World Tour” is named after a song off of his 2018 EP, “Ask Bout Me.” The rapper plans to tour the world, although he has not yet revealed which cities he’ll be making stops in.
The Korean-American rapper debuted as a member of the JYP Entertainment boy band 2PM in 2008. He is the founder and CEO of the independent hip-hop label AOMG.
The concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets range from 99,000 won ($85) to 155,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
KIM JOO-WON’S TANGO BALLET
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, S Theater
From July 11 to 14
Ballerina Kim Joo-won is a former principal dancer at the Korean National Ballet. After leaving the company, she successfully established herself as a solo dancer, staging various dance performances throughout the country. In July, Kim and a group of other dancers will dance the tango on stage at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts’ new S Theater. A live band will play music for the dancers, creating a night of exciting tango in the heart of Seoul.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
Blue Square, Interpark Hall
Through July 14
This Korean production of “Anna Karenina” is coming back to Blue Square in central Seoul. The musical - with book and lyrics by Yuliy Kim and music by Roman Ignatyev - is based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel of the same name. It centers around the tragic protagonist, Anna Karenina, who is an unhappily married woman. Eventually, her ill-fated liaison with Count Vronsky leads to her downfall.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.
LG Arts Center
From July 14 to Sept. 14
The Korean production of this megahit musical is returning to the LG Arts Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show.
Sophie is about to get married and wants her father to give her away, but the problem is she doesn’t know who her father is. After taking a peek in her mother’s diary, she discovers that he could be one of three candidates, so she tricks them all into attending her wedding.
The cast includes veteran musical actresses Choi Jung-won and Shin Young-sook as Donna.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
Jamsil Sports Complex, Auxiliary Stadium
From Aug. 9 to 11
Rapper Psy, best known for his global hit “Gangnam Style,” will be holding his annual “Summer Swag Show.” The concert features sprinklers and huge water cannons throughout the show, so expect to get soaked.
The show starts at 6:42 p.m. on all three days.
Tickets range from 121,000 won to 132,000 won.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 7.
HOLIDAY LAND FESTIVAL
July 27 to 28
Living and working in a bustling city doesn’t always afford you the opportunity to escape easily. For those who’d like to find a peaceful escape but don’t have time to travel, music is sometimes your best choice.
The Holiday Land Festival, which started in 2017, features some of its biggest acts yet this year. The lineup includes James Blake, Anne-Marie, Daniel Caesar, Joji, Cigarettes After Sex, Sabrina Claudio, Beenzino, Zion T and Colde, and is sure to satisfy fans of diverse genres of music, ranging from soul and R&B to hip-hop.
The two-day festivity will take place at Paradise City’s Culture Park and Chroma Square from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 27 and 28.
Tickets cost 150,000 won for a single day and 220,000 won for the two-day entrance when reserved online through Ticket Link, Yes24 or Melon Ticket. Tickets can also be bought on site for 165,000 won for a single day and 250,000 won for both days.
From Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 or 2, take a shuttle bus or monorail to the event.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
Through Aug. 25
The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will once again sweep the country as the popular musical “School of Rock” kicks off its first world tour in Korea. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical “School of Rock,” based on the 2003 film of the same name, premiered on Broadway in 2015 with music by Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater.
According to organizers, the show has been performed in other parts of the world, but this particular production, co-produced by Korea’s S&Co and GWB Entertainment, will be the first to actually tour around the world.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3.
Sejong Performing Arts Center, Grand Theater
From Aug. 28 to Sept. 1
The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is set to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in Seoul. Last year, the theater’s run in London was a great success, ending with extra performances due to unprecedented demand.
Meanwhile, “Swan Lake” is arguably the world’s most beloved ballet piece, telling the story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by the curse of an evil sorcerer. The full St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Orchestra will accompany the performance.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
World-renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will be holding a concert with Musikkollegium Winterthur, the oldest orchestra in Europe.
Both Maisky and Musikkollegium Winterthur have wide repertoires and will be performing a diverse selection of pieces at this performance under conductor Thomas Zehetmair.
Maisky will perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor and Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei while Musikkollegium Winterthur will take on Beethoven’s Egmont and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 150,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.