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Posted : 2013-08-22 14:41
Updated : 2013-08-22 14:41

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Classical Concerts




‘Absolute Classic Festival'

Seongnam Arts Center*

Aug. 24 and 31

Conductor Chang Han-na will lead the Absolute Classic Orchestra at the Seongnam Arts Center in Gyeonggi Province. The program will include Mahler's first symphony "The Titan," Schumann's fourth symphony and Dvorak's ninth symphony. Tickets cost 30,000 to 50,000 won.



Sumi Jo

88 Jandi Madang, Olympic Park*

Sept. 14

Soprano Sumi Jo will sing at the annual outdoor classical music concert at the Olympic Park, southern Seoul. The Ditto Orchestra, led by composer Adriel Kim, will also be performing along with violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill. Tickets cost 50,000 to 80,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266 or visit www.interpark.com.



Itzhak Perlman

Seoul Arts Center*

Oct. 14

Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman will hold a concert in southern Seoul. The violinist, in his first visit to Korea in three years, will play Grieg's "Sonata No.3. in C minor," Tartini's "Devil's Trill" and Beethoven's "Sonata No. 1 in D major." Tickets cost 60,000 to 180,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266 or visit www.interpark.com.



Paik Kun-woo

Seoul Arts Center*

Sept. 14



Pianist Paik Kun-woo will perform the works of Schubert at the Seoul Arts Center on Sept. 14. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743 or visit www.sac.or.kr.



Hagen Quartet

LG Arts Center*

Sept. 27

Austrian quartet Hagen Quartet will perform in Seoul for the first time in seven years. Established in 1981, the chamber music group has garnered popularity for its work on Beethoven. Tickets cost 40,000-80,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2005-1004 or visit www.lgart.com.



Big Tickets



Cho Yong-pil

Suncheon Palma Stadium

Sept. 7

Pop star Cho Yong-pil will perform at the Palma Stadium in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on Sept. 7. A key figure in Korean pop music for 45 years, Cho released his 19th studio album early this year containing hit tracks like "Bounce" and "Hello." At the concert, Cho will sing a range of his trademark songs, including "Let's Go on a Trip," "Come Back to Busan Port," "A Leopard of Mt. Kilimanjaro" and "Short Hair." The Suncheon concert will kick off his second nationwide tour that will stop off at Ulsan, Gwangju, Changwon, Suwon and Ilsan. Tickets cost 66,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (061) 650-3319 or visit www.interpark.com.



Justin Bieber

Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Olympic Park*

Oct. 10

Justin Bieber will perform at the Olympic Park in southern Seoul on Oct. 10. The concert will be part of his world tour entitled "Believe World Tour," promoting his latest album "Believe." Located near exit 3 of Olympic Park Station, subway line 5. Tickets cost 99,000 to 132,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.



Museums



‘Art from the Islamic Civilization'

National Museum of Korea

Through Oct. 20

The National Museum of Korea is holding a special exhibition highlighting Islamic artifacts. A total of 367 Islamic treasures, which were made from the eighth to 18th centuries, including pottery, glass, jewelry and miniature paintings from the al-Sabah Collection will be on display. Tickets cost 8,000 for children and 12,000 for adults. Located near exit 4 of Ichon Station, on subway line 4. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit www.islam2013.com.



Pop & Jazz



Wouter Hamel

Olympic Park 88 Lake Waterside Stage

Sept. 28

Dutch singer-songwriter Wouter Hamel will perform in southern Seoul. Debuting in 2007, Hamel has garnered a significant following in Europe and Asia with songs like "Breezy," "Don't Ask" and "As Long as We're in Love." Located near exit 3 of Olympic Park Station, subway line 5. For more information, call (02) 563-0595 or visit www.interpark.com.



Youn Ha

Lotte Card Art Center

Aug. 24

Singer-songwriter Youn Ha will perform in Hongdae. Since her debut in 2004, Youn has been garnering a significant following both in Korea and Japan. Located near exit 9 of Hapjeong Station, subway lines 2 and 6. Tickets cost 77,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.interpark.com.



Lee So-ra

Lotte Card Art Center

Sept. 4-29

Pop singer Lee So-ra will perform at the Lotte Card Art Center in Hongdae. One of the most popular singers in Korea, Lee will perform her biggest hits, including "The Wind Blows," "Tears," "Please," "I'm Happy" and "Propose." Located near exit 9 of Hapjeong Station, subway lines 2 and 6. Tickets cost 77,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.lottecardartcenter.com.



2PM

Grand Peace Palace, Kyung Hee University

Sept. 1

Popular boy band 2PM performs at Kyung Hee University on Sept. 1. Located near exit 2 of Hoegi Station, subway line 1 or the Jungang Line. Tickets cost 33,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3438-2300 or visit www.interpark.com.



YB

Seongsu-dong Daelim Garage

Aug. 30-Sept.1

Rock band YB, which recently released their ninth album, "Reel Impulse," will perform for three days in eastern Seoul. Located near exit 2 of Seongsu Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 88,000 won. For more information, call (02) 4385-8700 or visit www.interpark.com.



‘European Jazz Festival'

Mapo Arts Center

Sept. 6-7

The inaugural European Jazz Festival will take place in Seoul on Sept. 6-7. The lineup includes Italian piano virtuoso Enrico Pieranunzi, jazz vocalist Maria Joao and Swedish jazz guitarist Ulf Wakenius. Located near exit 2 of Daeheung Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 40,000 to 160,000 won. For more information, call (02) 941-1150 or visit www.interpark.com.



Casker

Mapo Arts Center

August 31



Electronic duo Casker will hold a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut. Comprised of Lee Juno and Lee Yung-jin, the duo will perform popular songs from their six albums. Located near exit 2 of Daeheung Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 55,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.interpark.com.



Secret Garden

Sejong Center for the Performing Art*

Aug. 28

Secret Garden will give a concert at the Sejong Center on Aug. 28. Comprised of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist Rolf Lovland, the duo has sold more than 3 million albums since its debut in 1995. Tickets cost 33,000 to 143,000 won. For more information, call (02) 720-3933 or visit www.interpark.com.



Daybreak

Olympic Hall, Olympic Park*

Aug. 24-25

Korean Indie band Daybreak will perform at the Olympic Hall in southern Seoul. Comprised of guitarist Jeong Yu-jong, bassist Kim Sun-il, keyboardist Kim Jang-won and Lee Won-suk on vocals, they have garnered a significant following for their three albums released since 2007. Tickets cost 66,000 to 88,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit www.interpark.com.



‘Let's Rock Festival'

Jandi Field, Nanji Hangang Park

Sept. 14-15



"Let's Rock Festival," featuring local rock bands, will take place at the Nanji Hangang Park in Seoul for two days. The lineup will include Delispice, Brocoli, You Too, YB, Dickpunks, No Brain and Nell. Located near exit 7 of Mapo-gu Office Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 59,000 won for single day and 88,000 won for two days. For more information, call (02) 322-8488 or visit letsrock.co.kr.



Yuhki Kuramoto

Seoul Arts Center*

Sept. 21

Japanese pianist Yuhki Kuramoto will perform at the Seoul Arts Center. Kuramoto has sold more than a million CDs in Korea since his first concert in 1999. In his latest concert, he will perform his most famous pieces, including "Lake Louise" and "Meditation." Tickets cost 30,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call 1577-5266 or visit www.sac.or.kr.



Lee Sang-eun

Gyeonggi Arts Center

Aug. 30

Veteran singer-songwriter Lee Sang-eun will hold a concert at the Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province. Lee has been a popular singer-songwriter since her debut in 1988 with the song "Dam Da Di." To get to the venue, take bus no. 15, 51, 83 or 92 at exit 4 of Suwon Station, subway line 1. Tickets cost 22,000 won. For more information, call (031) 230-3200 or www.ggac.or.kr.



Plays & Musicals



‘Elisabeth'

Seoul Arts Center*

Through Sept. 27

Korean rendition of Viennese musical, "Elisabeth," based on the life story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, will be performed at the Seoul Arts Center. Oak Joo-hyun and Kim So-hyun will alternate in the role of the empress who falls in love with the personified form of death. Tickets cost 30,000-140,000 won.



‘Avenue Q'

Charlotte Theater

Aug. 23-Oct. 6

The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, an American puppet show for adults, will be staged at the theater in southern Seoul. Located near exit 3 of Jamsil station, subway lines 2 and 8. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, visit www.charlottetheater.co.kr.



‘Chicago'

National Theater of Korea

Through Aug. 31

A Korean rendition of the Broadway hit musical "Chicago" hits the stage in Seoul. Actress Lee Honey and Oh Jin-young have been double cast as Roxie Hart. Singer Insooni and musical actress Choi Jung-won will feature as Velma Kelly. To get there, take a shuttle bus provided by the theater at exit 6 of Dongguk University Station, subway line 3. Tickets cost 40,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, visit www.ntok.go.kr.



‘Hedwig'

Baekam Art Hall

Through Sept. 8

The musical "Hedwig" is on stage for Korean theatergoers again, as they bought more than 350,000 tickets for it when it was first performed here in 2005. Cho Seung-woo, the popular television and movie actor, will return as Hedwig, the struggling, transsexual rocker from East Germany. Located near exit 8 of Samseong Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 50,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, visit www.baekamhall.com.



Dance



‘Don Quixote'

Seoul Arts Center*

Aug. 28-31

The Korean National Ballet Company will perform Don Quixote, based on Miguel de Cervantes's iconic book. Tickets cost 5,000 to 15,000 won. For more information, call (02) 587-6181 or visit www.sac.or.kr.



‘Swan Lake'

Cheonan Arts Center

Oct. 3-4

The Universal Ballet Company will perform "Swan Lake" in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, in October. Kang Mi-sun and Rhee Yong-jung will perform Odette-Odile and Constantine Novoselov and Lee Dong-tak will feature as Prince Siegfried. Tickets cost 20,000 to 80,000 won. For more information, call 1566-0155 or visit www.cnac.or.kr.


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