2020.09.29 TicketPAIK 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 ($43) to 120,000 won.
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,” it 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.
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.
A FATHER’S PATH
National Theater of Korea, Daloreum Theater
Oct. 30 – Nov. 8: The National Changgeuk Company of Korea presents “A Father’s Path,” a traditional Korean opera loosely based on the death of King Danjong (1452-1455). Danjong was one of the doomed kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). He took the throne at the age of 11 but was exiled after a coup staged by his uncle.
Set in the turbulent time of the Joseon Dynasty, the changgeuk (Korean traditional opera) sheds light on Wag Bang-yeon, a government official, who is ordered to deliver poison to King Danjong. Wang, a loyal retainer, doesn’t want to obey the order, but he has no choice but to follow it because his only daughter is about to get married.
Feeling guilty for his actions, Wang decides to take his own life after the marriage. But on the day of the wedding, Wang’s son-in-law is suddenly kidnapped for a political purpose by people who are involved in the coup.
The changgeuk explores paternal love through the story of Wang and his daughter.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. It starts at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6.
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, Werther's love interest, 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.
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Nov. 4 – 8: The Korean National Ballet (KNB) presents “Le Corsaire,” which was originally set to take place in June.
The exotic “Le Corsaire” is based on “The Pirates,” an epic poem by Lord Byron.
It is the first time in 15 years for the national ballet troupe to reinterpret “Le Corsaire.”
When the ballet company performed “Le Corsaire” years ago on home soil, it was based on the original choreography by French dancer and choreographer Marius Petipa, but the troupe has added its own flavor this time with choreography by young ballet dancer Song Jung-bin. Song has been presenting works through the KNB Movement Series, which is designed to nurture choreographers within the Korean National Ballet.
“Le Corsaire” depicts the journey of a pirate ship steered by Conrad the captain, in search of his love Medora, who has been captured by slave trader Lankendem.
The ballet performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. on weekends.
Ticket prices will be unveiled later.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
LANG LANG PIANO RECITAL
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Dec. 13: Chinese pianist Lang Lang performs a solo recital in Seoul. The pianist, who is often dubbed the superstar of classical, will play Goldberg Variations BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
True to his nickname, the 38-year-old pianist released an album titled “Piano Book” last year, which sold millions of copies and topped numerous classical music charts on iTunes. The album also became the highest selling classical album released worldwide last year.
Lang Lang's return has been highly anticipated after he took a break from the music scene in April 2017 due to an arm injury.
The concert starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 160,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
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