Posted : 2012-10-11 15:33
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Classical concerts

Rogers and Hammerstein Cinema Orchestra Series II
Sejong Center

“The Sound of Music,” “The King and I” and “Oklahoma!” are musicals featuring the work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The world renowned stage music will be performed by Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by George Daugherty. Tickets cost 30,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3991-700 or visit

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica
Seoul Arts Center*
Oct. 16

Gidon Kremer, a Latvian violinist and conductor, will perform with Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra he founded that consists of young musicians from Baltic countries. The orchestra won a Grammy Award in 2002 for its recording of Mozart. Tickets cost 50,000 to 150,000 won. Located near exits 4 and 5 of Nambu Bus Terminal on subway line No. 3. For more informaion, call (02) 580-1300 or visit

Yo-Yo Ma
Seoul Arts Center*
Nov. 13
Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. His Seoul recital will be accompanied by pianist Kathryn Stott. Tickets cost 50,000 to 180,000 won. For more information, call (02) 580-1300 or visit

Lang Lang Piano Concert
Seoul Arts Center*
Nov. 28

Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform with one of Korea’s best orchestras, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets cost 90,000 to 160,000 won. Located near exits 4 and 5 of Nambu Bus Terminal on subway line No. 3. For more information, call (02) 580-1300 or visit

Radu Lupu Piano Recital
Seoul Arts Center*
Nov. 17

Romanian virtuoso Radu Lupu is noted for performances of works by great 19th century composers. For the upcoming concert in Korea, Lupu is scheduled to play pieces by Schubert and Beethoven. Tickets cost 70,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 541- 3183.

Deutsche Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Sejong Center
Nov. 21

The German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Carel Mark Chichon, will hold their first concert in Korea, accompanied by world-renowned violinist Viviane Hagner. Tickets cost 40,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call (02) 399-1114 or visit

Big Tickets

Elton John: 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man Tour
Olympic Gymnastics Hall, Olympic Park
Nov. 27

Elton John, producer of more than 30 albums to date, has sold more than 2.5 million records. He has been named as one of the most successful artists of all time. His “Candle in the Wind 1997” is the best-selling single in the history of the United Kingdom. The winner of multiple Grammys will perform in Korea in celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Rocket Man.” Tickets cost 77,000 to 250,000 won. For more information, call (02) 410-1601.

Norah Jones Live in Seoul
Jamsil Stadium
Nov. 17

Norah Jones, who famously sang “Don’t know Why,” is performing in Seoul. Her debut album “Come Along With Me” sold more than 26 million copies, and she is the winner of five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Tickets cost 132,000 to 165,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.

Owl City
Hongdae V-Hall
Nov. 10

Owl City gained major popularity with the release of his debut album, “Ocean Eyes,” which included the hit song “Fireflies” that topped the Billboard single charts. Owl City is an electronic musical project formed by Adam Young, who is also nicknamed “Peter Pan.” Tickets cost 88,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or (02) 332-3277.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio Tour 2012
Sejong Center
Dec. 9

Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, based in Tokyo and New York, will tour Japan and Korea with violinist Judy Kang and cellist Jaques Morelenbaum. Sakamoto’s album “1996,” which is to be performed, includes songs many are aware of, such as, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” “Rain” and “The Last Emperor.” Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743.


Maya 2012
National Museum of Korea
Through Oct. 28

Maya 2012 focuses on the life and death of the Mayans. The exhibition is to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mexico, and Korea and Guatemala. It examines the civilization of the Mayans in great depth. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit

Pop and Jazz

Michael Bolton
Jamsil Indoor Stadium
Oct. 17

Romantic soul singer Michael Bolton rose to fame with songs like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which swept the Billboard charts in the 1990s. He has won both American Music Awards and Grammys. Tickets cost 66,000 to 180,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.

The Way of Love
Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
Nov. 24-25

Having traveled to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, popular K-pop group 2AM will mark their last performance of the tour in Seoul. 2AM is a four-member boy band managed by JYP Entertainment. The most recognized song by the group is “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die.” Its members are Jo Kwon, Lee Chang-min, Lim Seul-ong and Jeong Jin-woon. Tickets cost 66,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call (02) 410-1601 or visit


SIDance 2012 Wendy Houstoun
Seoul Arts Center*
Oct. 20

Organized by the International Dance Council, The Seoul International Dance Festival introduces Korean dance to international stages. SIDance this year is a World Dance Festival, with performances by world- renowned international companies including the Cullberg Ballet, a Swedish contemporary dance company. The festival, which began on Oct. 9, will mark its end with a performance by Wendy Houston. Tickets cost 20,000 to 30,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3216-1185 or visit

Swan Lake
Sejong Center
Nov. 11-13

Mariinsky Ballet is a classical ballet company based in Russia. It was founded in the 18th century by the Imperial Russian Ballet. The Company, one of the world’s leading ballet companies, will perform “Swan Lake” in Seoul. Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette’s marriage promise is broken when an evil genius attempts to destroy their love. Tickets cost 50,000 to 270,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3991-700 or visit

The Nutcracker
Universal Art Center
Dec. 21-31

With more than 620 performances and 67 million people having watched it, the Universal Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has been a world favorite for 27 years. The Universal Ballet was originally founded in Korea, performing classical story ballets. This performance will be the perfect holiday gift for the entire family. Tickets cost 10,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (070) 7124-1740 or visit

Plays & Musicals

Les Miserables
Yongin Poeun Art Hall
Nov. 3-25

The musical “Les Miserables,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo, was first launched in London 25 years ago. This is the first license d Korean production of the second-longest running musical in history. The story is set in 19th century France, a time when the struggle for redemption and revolution was rampant. Tickets cost 50,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call (031) 260-3355 or visit

Blue Square
Oct. 16- Nov. 18

The musical “Hero” is about Ahn Jung-geun, a Korean independence activist, who assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the first Prime Minister of Japan, when Korea was on the verge of annexation by Imperial Japan. Tickets cost 110,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2250-5925.

D-Cube Arts Center
Dec. 2- April 28, 2013

Seesee Company presents “Aida,” a musical with melodies by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice originally performed by Disney Theatrical Productions on Broadway. Aida was first conceived of for production as an animated film for Disney that became highly successful, finally becoming a musical with four Tony Awards and named as one of the top 10 theater productions by Time Magazine. Tickets cost 60,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2211-3000 or visit
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