Posted : 2012-12-27 15:44
Updated : 2012-12-27 15:44

Around Town 2

Classical Concerts

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Seoul Arts Center*

Jan. 5-6, 2013

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Zubin Mehta, will play Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3," Rimsky Korsakov's "Spanish Capriccios OP. 34," "Variazioni, Andante con Moto," Johann Strauss's "Gypsy Baron," "Annen Polka," and Brahms's "Symphony No. 1 in C minor" in this New Year gala concert. Tickets cost 50,000 to 380,000 won. For more information, call (02) 749-8821 or visit

Korea National Opera Gala Concert

Seoul Arts Center*

Dec 29-30

The Korea National Opera (KNO) will hold a concert to celebrate its 50th anniversary. With the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Uijeongbu City Chorus, and Kim Yong-gul Dance Theater, the KNO will perform Bizet's "Carmen," Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte," and "Chung," a Korean Traditional opera written by Lee Yong-tak, the artistic director of The National Changgeuk Compnay of Korea. To mark the 200th anniversary of two great composers in 2013, numbers from Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollaender," and Verdi's "Nabucco" will be performed as well. Tickets cost 10,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 586-5282 or visit

‘Disney on Classic'

Olympic Hall, Olympic Park*

Dec. 28-29

Disney on Classic has drawn audiences approaching 720,000 since its launch in 2002 in Japan. In this second Seoul concert, conductor and arranger Brad Kelley, who led this concert from the beginning, will conduct the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and five vocalists. The concert will feature original soundtrack songs from Disney animations such as "Beauty and the Beast" and feature family favorites including "A Whole New World." Tickets cost 40,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 541-3150 or visit

Sumi Jo

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts*

Dec. 30

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

Big Tickets

50 Cent

Olympic Gymnasium, Olympic Park*

Jan. 12

American rapper, 50 Cent, is bringing his sounds and entourage to Seoul. He will perform new single "My Life" from the album "Street King Immortal" and other hits. 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


Tim Burton Exhibition

Seoul Museum of Art

Through April 14, 2013

Film director Tim Burton's paintings and artwork are on exhibit in 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 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

Pop & Jazz

Sung Si-kyung

Olympic Gymnasium, Olympic Park*

Dec. 30-31

Singer Sung Si-kyung will hold a concert at the Olympic Gymnasium. As an undergraduate student, he won a grand prize at the Cyber Song Festival, and released first single in 2001. In his concert, titled "The Last Day in 2012," the ballad singer will sing his hits such as "The Road to Me," "You Touched My Heart," "Hui Jae," "On the Street," and "You Are My Spring." Tickets cost 55,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (02) 540-4550 or visit

Shin Hye-sung

Grand Peace Palace, Kyung Hee University

Dec. 30-31

Shin Hye-sung, main vocalist of boy band Shinhwa, will hold a concert to celebrate his latest single, "Winter Poetry." As a member of Shinhwa and as a soloist, the singer has released 15 studio albums, and he will sing hit singles such as "First Person," Believe," "Because of You," and "It Would Be Nice If I Were You," in this concert titled "The Year's Journey."

Park Jin-young

SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium, Olympic Park*

Dec. 28-31

Park Jin-young, a singer, producer, and a CEO of JYP Entertainment, is holding a concert in Seoul. In "2012 J. Y. Park Live Concert: Bad Jazz Bar," Park will sing his hits such as "Don't Leave Me," "She Was Pretty," "Honey," and "Kiss" with a 15-man band and dancers. Rated 18 and over. Tickets cost 77,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (02) 371-9194 or visit

Jang Yoon-jeong

Central City Millennium Hall

Dec. 29-30

Singer Jang Yoon-jeong will hold a year-end dinner show in southern Seoul. Jang who debuted as the winner of a song festival in 1999 will sing hit numbers such as "Oh My,""Jjan Jjara" and "Jang Yoon-jeong Twist." Located at Express Terminal Station, subway lines 3, 7, and 9. Tickets cost 180,000 to 200,000 won. For more information, call (02) 824-3589 or visit

Park Hyo-shin

Olympic Gymnasium, Olympic Park*

Dec. 28-29

Singer Park Hyo-shin will hold a concert in Seoul, his first after being discharged from military service. He will sing hits such as "Snowflower," "I Promise You," and "After Love." Tickets cost 55,000 to 143,000 won. For more information, call (02) 540-4550.



Dec. 29-31

Junsu, a member of boy band JYJ, will hold a concert, "Xia Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra," at Coex in southern Seoul. He will sing songs from his solo album "Tarantallegra," English single "Uncommitted," and musicals he has starred in including ," "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


Doosan Art Center

Through Feb. 3, 2013

The musical "Assassins" about American presidential assassinations is on view at Doosan Art Center, central Seoul. It deals with nine presidential assassinations, questioning why they repeatedly happen. Located near exit 1 of Jongno 5-ga Station, subway line 1. Tickets cost 40,000 to 80,000 won. For more information, call (02) 744-4033 or visit


Chungmu Art Hall

Through Jan. 13, 2013

The musical, "Rudolf," which is based on novel "Nervous Splendor," deals with the Mayerling incident in 1889. It 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

‘Our Bad Magnet'

Daehangno Art One Theater

Through Jan. 27, 2013

A production of Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell's "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

‘Romeo and Juliet'

National Theater of Korea

Through Dec. 29

The National Theater of Korea and the National Theater Company of China are staging a dance performance, "Romeo and Juliet." It 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

‘King Rear'

LG Arts Center*

Through Dec. 28

"King Rear," a re-interpretation of Shakespeare's "King Lear" with a new twist by playwright and director Koh Sun-woong, is on stage in southern Seoul. Lee Seung-hun plays King Rear, and Chu Gui-jeong, Park Ju-yeon and Lee Kyung-mi will portray Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, his three daughters. Tickets cost 30,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2005-0114.


‘Ah Q'

National Theater of Korea

Through Dec. 30

Based on Chinese writer Lu Xun's 1921 novella "The True Story of Ah Q," The Korea National Contemporary Dance Company performs contemporary dance drama "Ah Q" at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul through Dec. 30. Choreographed by Hong Seung-yeop, an artistic director of the National Theater of Korea, this dance piece portrays a struggling a day laborer who is later shot dead after being accused of stealing. Located near exit 6 of Dongguk University Station on subway line 3. Ticket costs 15,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2280-4114 or visit

‘The Nutcracker'

Universal Art Center

Through Dec. 31

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

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