Classical Concerts, Big Tickets, Museum, Pop and Jazz, Plays and Musicals
Yuhki Kuramoto and Friends
Seoul Arts Center*
Japanese pianist Yuhki Kuramoto will hold a concert with violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill, pianist Ji-yong and the Ditto Orchestra led by conductor Adriel Kim. At the concert, they will feature pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Telemann’s “Viola Concerto in G major,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and some of Yuhki Kuramoto’s pieces such as “Romance,” and “Lake Louise.” Tickets cost 30,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 751-9606 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra
Seoul Arts Center*
The Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra will hold a concert in Seoul. The orchestra, led by conductor Gum Nan-se, will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” from opera “Eugene Onegin,” “Symphony No. 4 in F Minor,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor,” Bizet’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Major,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G Major.” Tickets cost 20,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3474-8744 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Sejong Center for the Performing Arts*
Soprano Sumi Jo will hold a concert in Seoul. With the Western Symphony Orchestra and Gwangmyeong City Choir, she will sing pieces from her albums, “Missing You,” “Ich Liebe Dich,” “Liberia,” and her latest album “La Luce.” Tickets cost 50,000 to 170,000 won. For more information, call (02) 399-1114 or visit www.sejongpac.or.kr.
Seoul Arts Center*
Soprano Shin Young-ok will hold a Christmas concert in Seoul. With baritone Kai, jazz pianist Kim Ga-on and the Soliall Philharmonic Orchestra, the soprano will sing numbers from movies and musicals, as well as pop songs. Tickets cost 50,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (070) 7553-7240 or visit www.sac.or.kr.
Olympic Gymnasium, Olympic Park*
American rapper, 50 Cent, is bringing his sounds and entourage to Seoul. He will sing new single “My Life” from the new album “Street King Immortal” and other hit numbers. The rapper will also perform at Bexco, Busan on Jan. 13. Tickets cost 50,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit ticket.interpark.com/global.
The Best under Heaven, the Celadons of Korea
National Museum of Korea
Through Dec. 16
The National Museum of Korea holds its second exhibition that deals with Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392) celadon following its first one in 1989. It consists of four parts including the history of Goryeo celadon. A total of 350 examples of celadon are on display including 18 National Treasures and 11 Treasures. Tickets cost 3,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2077-9499 or visit museum.go.kr.
Tim Burton Exhibition
Seoul Museum of Art
Through April 14, 2013
Film director Tim Burton’s paintings and artwork will be on exhibit at central Seoul. Artwork from his movies “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Frankenweenie,” and about 700 of his sketches, drawings and photographs will be on display. Located near exit 1 of Seoul City Hall Station, subway line 1. Tickets cost 8,000 won for children under 12, 10,000 won for students under 18, and 12,000 won for adults. For more information, call (02) 325-1077 or visit sema.seoul.go.kr.
Pop & Jazz
Olympic Gymnasium, Olympic Park*
Singer Park Hyo-shin will hold a concert in Seoul, his first after being discharged from military service. He will sing hit numbers such as “Snowflower,” “I Promise You,” and “After Love.” Tickets cost 55,000 to 143,000 won. For more information, call (02) 540-4550.
YB & Leessang
Grand Peace Palace, Kyung Hee University
Rock band YB and hip-hip duo Leessang will hold a concert in Seoul. They will sing their hit numbers and songs from their newly launched collaboration album including their first single, “MadMan.” Located near exit 1 of Hoegi Station, subway lines 1 and Jungang Line. Tickets cost 77,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3485-8700 or visit interpark.com.
Junsu, a member of boy band JYJ, will hold a solo concert, “Xia Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra,” in southern Seoul. He will sing songs from his solo album “Tarantallegra,” English single “Uncommitted,” and musicals he starred in including “Mozart,” “Tears of Heaven,” and “Das Musical Elisabeth.” Tickets cost 77,000 to 132,000 won. Located near exit 5 of Samseong Station, subway line 2. For more information, call (02) 511-1459 or visit ticket.interpark.com.
Daehangno Musical Center
Korea’s rock legend, Deulgukwha, will hold a concert under the title “Act II, Scene I.” During the “Christmas” concert, they will sing their famous numbers such as “March,” “Please,” “After Love,” and “That’s My World.” Located near exit 1 of Hyehwa Station, subway line 4. Tickets cost 55,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, call (02) 763-8233 or visit www.hakchon.co.kr.
Kazumi Tateishi Trio
Mapo Arts Center
Jazz band Kazumi Tateishi Trio are bringing their compelling, melodic music to Korea. Under the title “Ghibli Meets Jazz,” the trio will play theme songs from Ghibli animations such as “Spirited Away,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “My Neighbor Totoro.” The band consists of Kazumi Tateishi on piano, Shinobu Sato on bass, and Mao Suzuki on drums. Located near exit 2 or Daeheung Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 44,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, call (070) 8680-8477 or visit www.jinurock.com.
Olympic Hall, Olympic Park*
Bands from the Korean Broadcasting System’s audition program, “Top Band,” will hold a concert in southern Seoul. The concert will feature Pia, Broken Valentine, Tacopy, Romantic Punch, Gate Flowers, Peter Pan Complex and Sinawe. Tickets cost 55,000 to 77,000 won. For more information, call (02) 541-7110 or visit interpark.com.
Chang Kiha & the Faces
Band Chang Kiha & the Faces will hold a concert in Seoul. The band started to gain fame through their debut single “Cheap Coffee” in 2008. In their concert, they will sing their hit numbers such as “Moon Is Rising,” “A Twosome,” and “Living the Nothing Special Life.” Located between exit 2 and 3 of Hangangjin Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 66,000 to 77,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.bluesquare.kr.
Seoul Student Gymnasium
Rock band Nell holds a Christmas concert in southern Seoul with the title “Christmas in Nell’s Room VI.” This 5th Christmast concert is to celebrate the band’s new album “Holding onto Gravity.” Located near exit 8 of Sports Complex Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 66,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call (070) 4191-8483 or visit interpark.com.
Plays and Musicals
‘Our Bad Magnet’
Daehangno Art One Theater
Through Jan. 27, 2013
A production of Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell, “Our Bad Magnet,” is underway in Daehangno, central Seoul. The play focuses on four friends who have known each other since the age of 9 in Girvan, Scotland. Now 29-year-old men, Fraser, Paul and Alan reunite, recalling memories of their late friend, Gordon. Located near exit 2 of Hyehwa Station, subway line 4. Tickets cost 35,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call 1566-7527 or visit interpark.com.
Chungmu Art Hall
Through Jan. 13, 2013
The musical, “Rudolf,” based on the novel, “Nervous Splendor,” which dealt with the Mayerling incident in 1889, was composed by Frank Wildhorn. The cast features Ahn Jae-wook, Im Tae-kyung and Park Eun-tae as Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. Oak Joo-hyun, Choi Yu-ha and Kim Bo-kyung portray Rudolf’s lover, Mary Vetsera. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information call (02) 2230-6601 or visit www.musicalrudolf.co.kr.
D-CUBE Arts Center
Through April 28, 2013
The Korean rendition features Sonya and Cha Ji-yeon as Aida, Jung Sun-ah and Ahn Si-ha as Princess Amneris of Nubia, a daughter of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and Kim Joon-hyun and Choi Soo-hyung as Radames, the Egyptian captain. Celebrated director Kollen Park directs the Korean version to music composed by Sir Elton John. Tickets cost 60,000 to 120,000 won. Located exit 1 of Sindorim Station, subway lines 1 and 2. For more information, call (02) 577-1987 or visit www.d3art.co.kr.
‘Romeo and Juliet’
National Theater of Korea
The National Theater of Korea and the National Theater Company of China will hold a dance performance, “Romeo and Juliet.” The performance is to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic ties between China and Korea. Director Tian Qinxin transferred Shakespeare’s tragic story of two families to China’s Cultural Revolution. Located near exit 6 of Dongguk University Station on subway line 3. Tickets cost 20,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2280-4114 or visit www.ntok.go.kr.
Universal Art Center
The Universal Ballet, one of the leading ballet companies in Korea, will stage the original Mariinsky Theater version of “The Nutcracker.” This version was created by Vasily Vainonen in St. Petersburg in 1934. Located near exit 4 of Achasan Station, subway line 5. Tickets cost 10,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (070) 7124-1737 or visit www.universalballet.com.