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“RETURN: THE PROMISE OF THE DAY”
Sept. 24 – 26: The original musical “Return: The Promise of the Day” will be livestreamed online. The story follows Seung-ho, who served in the Korean War (1950-1953). After retiring, Seung-ho wanders from mountain to mountain in search of the corpses of his fellow soldiers, believing it is his lifelong task.
Meanwhile, Seung-ho’s grandson, Hyeon-min, enrolls in the army as a special soldier whose main responsibility is excavating the remains of soldiers who fought during the Korean War.
As the musical intertwines Seung-ho’s past with the present, it sheds light on people who try to put the pieces of history back together.
Singer Doh Kyung-soo, also known as D.O., and singer Yoon Ji-sung are double cast for the role of past Seung-ho. Doh is a member of the K-pop boy band Exo, while Yoon used to be a member of the project boy group Wanna One.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 25. There will be two screenings on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket are priced at 25,000 won ($21).
LEE SEUNG-HWAN CONCERT: CHULCHECK
Through Sept. 27: Singer-songwriter Lee Seung-hwan, often dubbed the king of live performance, will hold concerts at a small theater, which accommodates 94 audience members at a time.
The concert is titled “Chulchek,” an abbreviation of chulseok check, meaning attendance check, because the singer will randomly call the names of 40 concertgoers as part of the concert.
Having debuted in 1989, Lee remains a widely beloved singer-songwriter thanks to his powerful vocal abilities.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays; 4 p.m. on weekends.
All seats are priced at 154,000 won.
Hongik University Station, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, exit 6.
PAIK KUN-WOO & SCHUMANN
Lotte Concert Hall
Oct. 9: Piano virtuoso Paik Kun-woo, 74, will be playing pieces of German composer Robert Schumann in his upcoming solo recital.
The repertoire includes “Arabeske Op. 18,” “Kinderszenen Op. 15” and “Abegg Variations Op. 1.”
Having debuted at the age of 10, Paik has been pursuing a career in classical music for more than six decades.
Based in Paris, the pianist was made “Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French government in 2000 for his achievement in art.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 120,000 won.
SEOUL FOREST JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020
Seoul Forest Park
Oct. 9 – 11: The three-day jazz festival will be held at Seoul Forest Park. The festival has announced the lineup for the concert which includes singer-songwriter Hareem, jazz trio Yun Seok Cheol Trio and 10-member band South Carnival.
The festival runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the festival period.
One-day tickets are priced at 66,000 won. A two-day ticket is 99,000 won, and a three-day ticket is 128,000 won.
Ttukseom Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
THE MUSICAL CATS
Through Oct. 23: One of the most well-known musicals across the globe, “Cats” is making its way back to Korean soil to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its debut.
The original production team, which came to Korea in 2017, will return but with updated props, costumes and more powerful choreography.
“Cats” was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot, and tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who must make the "Jellicle choice" to decide which of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. during weekdays. Two shows are available at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 60,000 won to 160,000 won.
Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and No. 8, exit 3.
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 www.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.
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.
KT&G Sangsangmadang, Daechi Art Hall
Oct. 23 – Jan. 31: The musical “Duet” is returning for the first time in 13 years after it was last performed on home soil in 2007.
Based on the Broadway musical “They’re Playing Our Song,” the musical depicts a romantic relationship between top composer Vernon and newbie lyric writer Sonia, who is longing for success.
The pair share few things in common, but they happen to write a song together. The musical focuses on the rocky relationship between the two and how they eventually fall for each other.
Musical actor Park Gun-hyung and Park Young-su alternate the role of Vernon while singer-actor J-Min and musical actor Moon Jin-ah are double cast for the role of Sonia.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 50,000 won to 70,000 won.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 2.
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.