2021 Sept. 7 TicketLEE SEUNG-HWAN CONCERT
Sept. 12: Veteran singer Lee Seung-hwan is holding a surprise concert at Hongdae’s Rolling Hall.
Titled “Factorians,” Lee hasn't revealed any details about the event other than he just wants to hold a surprise show because he wants to sing, and because he wants to see his fans.
Lee debuted in 1989 and has an array of hits and albums.
The concert begins at 4 p.m.
Tickets cost 154,000 won ($133).
Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1
CLARA-JUMI KANG & KIM SUN-WOOK’S BEETHOVEN COMPLETE VIOLIN SONATAS
Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Sept. 12, 14 and 15: Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, who recently challenged herself by recording Bach's "Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin" (BWV 1001-1006), is preparing for another challenge. This time she'll perform Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas with pianist Kim Sun-wook.
The two artists recorded the album together last year to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The album will also drop in September.
On Sept. 12, the two artists will perform No.s 1, 4, 8, and 7, followed by No.s 6, 3, and 9 (Kreutzer) on Sept. 14. On the final day of the concert on Sept. 15, they will perform No. 5 (Spring) and No.s 2 and 10.
The concert begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 15.
Tickets range from 40,000 won to 110,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
BLUE CONCERT WITH NADA
Nada will not only be performing her new single “Spicy” but also her hit songs like “Trippin’,” “Ride,” “Dozer,” and “My Body” among many others.
Proceeds from the concert organized together with PG& Pictures, will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost 77,000 won.
Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 6
QUINTETO ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Lotte Concert Hall
Sept. 28: Latin Grammy-winner Quinteto Astor Piazzolla will be visiting Korea for a concert next month. The quintet had its Korean debut two years ago when it visited the country in celebration of Astor Piazzolla's 100th birthday.
The upcoming concert is a part of the quintet's international tour which started in Columbia before making stops in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy before making its ways to Korea.
The program includes toe-tapping tango music such as “Biyuya,” “Celos,” “Fuga y Misterio,” “Milonga Loca,” “La Muerte del Angel” among many others.
The concert begins at 8 p.m.
The ticket ranges from 50,000 won to 150,000 won.
Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2
Through Oct. 3: The Korean production of the hit musical Marie Antoinette is being staged at the Charlotte Theater in Jamsil, southern Seoul.
The musical tells the story of Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, but some fictional characters have been included, like Margrid Arnaud, to add more drama to the life of the queen who was put to death by guillotine.
The nearly three-hour-long performance takes place in several settings, from the Palace of Versailles to Tuileries Garden to the Marais district, and the show will jump from place to place by using a revolving stage.
Musical actor Kim So-hyun again has been cast in the role of Marie Antoinette. Kim So-hyang will alternate as the queen.
Kim Yeon-ji and Jung Yu-ji have been cast to play the role of Margrid, who begs for money on the street but later becomes a revolutionary leader.
The male protagonist Fersen will be alternated by four actors — Min Woo-hyuk, Lee Seok-hoon, Lee Chang-sub, and Kim Do-young.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
With toughened social distancing rules, 3 p.m. shows have been moved up to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in July.
There are no shows on Mondays.
Tickets range from 70,000 won to 150,000 won.
Jamsil Station, lines No. 2 and No. 8, exit 3
JARASUM JAZZ FESTIVAL
Oct. 9 – 11: The annual jazz festival is back and the line up for the upcoming event so far includes, Sunwoojunga with band Swja on Oct. 9, Kim Hyun-chul, Nam Woo-sun, Song Mi-ho, Oh Eun-hye and Suh Soo-jin as well as Kim Bo-ra Jazz and Minyo Project on Oct. 10, while musicians performing on Oct. 11 include Cho Eung-min and Bada Jazz Liners and Chung Won Young Band.
The performances will start at 4 p.m. each day and end at 10 p.m.
One-day ticket costs 50,000 won, while two-day ticket costs 80,000 won and three-day ticket costs 100,000 won.
Gapyeong Station, Gyeongchun line, exit No. 1
Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater
Oct. 29 – 31: Popular romantic ballet “Giselle” will be performed by the Universal Ballet. The company's production of “Giselle” premiered in 1985 and began touring the world in 2011, holding sell-out performances. It is now considered one of the company’s representative pieces.
The ballet follows Giselle, a young girl who dies of a broken heart after learning that her lover is involved with someone else.
Tickets range from 10,000 won to 120,000 won.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5
Chungmu Arts Center
Through Oct. 31: A dynamic mix of rock music and monologue, this eight-time Tony-nominated musical follows the life of a band called The Angry Inch. The Korean production of the musical premiered in 2005.
The story revolves around a boy named Hansel living in East Germany in 1988.
One day, a U.S. lieutenant proposes to marry Hansel if he changes his gender to female. Hansel eventually decides to adopt the name Hedwig and undergoes a sex change operation, but it fails. He flies to Kansas only to find that he has been dumped.
Undeterred, Hedwig starts wearing wigs and makeup, forms a band called The Angry Inch and becomes a rock star.
The Korean production of this popular musical features musical performers Oh Man-seok, Jo Seung-woo, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Eun-sung, and Ren from K-pop boy band Nu’est, who alternate in the main role.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 110,000 won.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.
Sindang Station, line No. 6, exit 9
Dream Art Center
Oct. 9 - 31: A play adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" will be performed at the Dream Art Center in Daehangno in central Seoul, for three weeks only.
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters— Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — and details their passage from childhood to womanhood.
Song Jeong-ahn, behind the Korean musical "Pan" took the helm in directing the play.
As for the cast, actors So Jeong-hwa and Shin Eui-jeong alternate the role of Meg. Choi Yoo-ha will play the second sister Jo, while Hong Ji-hee and Jeong Woo-yeon have been cast to play the third sister Beth.
The role of little sister Amy will be played by Park Ran-joo.
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets cost 66,000 won.
Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 1
D-Cube Arts Center
Through Feb. 2, 2022: “Billy Elliot” is back.
The story takes place in the 1980s, during a coal miners’ strike in Northern England. Billy happens to stumble across ballet during one of his boxing classes, and his life is changed forever after he discovers his love, and talent, for dance.
“Billy Elliot” is a heartwarming and humorous story about a young boy and his family trying to fulfill their dreams through music and choreography.
The kids who have been cast to alternate the role of Billy are, Kim Shi-hoon, Lee Woo-jin, Jeong Kang-hyuk and Joo Hyun-joon.
Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 150,000 won.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.
Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and 2, exit 1 or 5
*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [firstname.lastname@example.org]