2020.9.8 TicketCanceled / postponed shows
New cases of the coronavirus dipped below 200 as a result of tightened social distancing campaigns in recent weeks, but many cultural performances remain postponed or called off for the safety of all involved.
Crossover music group Forte Di Quattro’s encore concert, which was scheduled to take place on Sept. 13 at Lotte Concert Hall in southern Seoul was postponed to Dec. 5 and 6 at the same venue.
An organizer of the musical “Something Rotten!” recently said performances of the musical would be halted from Sept. 8 to 13 at Chungmu Arts Center, central Seoul. A total of nine performances are canceled.
The musical “Great Comet” also postponed its production to next year. The musical was slated to open on Sept. 14 and run through Nov. 29 at Universal Arts Center, eastern Seoul.
Livestream shows available online
IZ*ONE ONLINE CONCERT: ONEIRIC THEATER
Sept. 13: Twelve-member girl group IZ*ONE will hold its first online concert. The group’s agency said in a press release that the concert will offer more realistic experiences as it adopts augmented reality (AR) and extended reality (XR) technologies.
Having debuted in 2018 through a reality TV show, the group has released many hits including “Fiesta” (2020) and “La Vie en Rose” (2018).
The concert is available through a link provided by Interpark Ticket on the day of the concert after ticket reservation numbers and Interpark IDs are verified. Subtitles will be provided in Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
The concert starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are priced at 35,000 won ($29).
2020 WOODZ: NOT JUST A CONCERT – W BOX
Sept. 27: Singer-songwriter Cho Seung-youn, also known as Woodz, holds his first online concert since his debut in 2013.
Cho recently released an EP titled “Equal” and its title track “Love Me Harder,” written and composed by the 25-year-old singer, and earned 10 million views on its official music video on YouTube as of July.
The concert starts at 3 p.m.
Tickets are priced at 35,000 won.
STUDIO GHIBLI MEETS CHOPIN
Lotte Concert Hall
Sept. 12: Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film studio, is well known for beautiful and lyrical original soundtrack songs for many of its hit animated feature films such as “Always with Me” from the 2001 film “Spirited Away” or “Merry Go Round of Life” from “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004).
The films became successful thanks to their well-woven stories, but the songs of the original soundtrack from the films also played a part in attracting moviegoers. They are still remembered and played by many movie fans. But only a few of them know that many of the songs were inspired by Polish composer Frederic Chopin.
Marking the 210th birth of the composer this year, “Studio Ghibli Meets Chopin” plays and reinterprets sumptuous scores from Ghibli Studio’s animated feature films in Chopin styles.
Promising pianist Chyung Han-bin will play the piano as well as introduce each song and how it is connected with Chopin throughout the concert. The Arts Chamber Orchestra will accompany.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 45,000 won to 65,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
GRAND MINT FESTIVAL 2020
Oct. 24 - 25: The Grand Mint Festival (GMF) is back for its 14th year. Amid music festivals and concerts which heavily feature K-pop boy groups or rock bands, the GMF stages performances from a diverse range of musicians who are not frequently featured on TV. The event has become a major festival for fans who are thirsty for new music.
As a way to tackle the coronavirus, the organizer decreased the number of seats by 50 percent compared to the previous year.
This year, musicians from various genres will take part, including seven-member band Balming Tiger, singer-songwriter Yun Ddan Ddan and rock band Dickpunks.
For more information about the lineup, visit mintpaper.co.kr/festival_gmf/ (Korean only).
The festival starts at 10:30 a.m. on both days.
One-day tickets cost 99,000 won and two-day tickets are 158,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.
Kwanglim Arts Center, BBCH Hall
Through Nov. 1: The original musical “Werther” is making a return to commemorate its 20th anniversary on home soil.
The musical is based on the novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and revolves around the protagonist and his tragic love story.
The star-studded musical casts five actors for the role of Werther. They include actor Yoo Yeon-seok from recent hit drama series “Hospital Playlist” and singer Kyuhyun from K-pop boy band Super Junior.
For the role of Lotte, the love of Werther, actor Kim Ye-won from drama series “Welcome to Waikiki 2” (2019) and musical actor Lee Ji-hye are both cast.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 4.
LIM DONG-HYEK PIANO RECITAL
Lotte Concert Hall
Nov. 6: Acclaimed pianist Lim Dong-hyek will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpieces. The subtitle of the recital is “To Beethoven.”
The 36-year-old pianist will open the concert by playing Schumann’s “Kinderszenen Op. 15.” The repertoire includes “Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2 Moonlight” and “Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 Apassionata.”
Lim first stole the limelight in the world’s classical music circle after becoming the youngest top prize winner of 2001 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris and has gone on to forge a stellar career.
The recital starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.
MUSICAL LITTLE WOMEN
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater
Nov. 24 – Dec. 20: American author Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” has been retold multiple times over the past decades, and this time the story returns as a musical by Seoul Metropolitan Musical Theatre.
The story, loosely based on the life of Alcott and her sisters, follows the lives of the four sisters of the March family — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.
The four girls live with their mother while their father is serving in the American Civil War.
The musical shows how the four girls, with all different personalities, grow into women.
It starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 70,000 won.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
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