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2018.6.20 Ticket

June 20,2018
The Korean National Ballet is presenting a beautiful ballet piece “Anna Karenina,” based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name. See THEATER, below. [KOREAN NATIONAL BALLET]


MUSIC



HARUKI MEETS MASTER OF ANIMATION

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

July 1
: Music inspired by the work of two prominent Japanese artists - novelist Haruki Murakami and animator Hayao Miyazaki - will be performed by the Arts Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ahn Du-hyeon at the helm.

There will be a special performance of American composer Mitch Leigh’s “Impossible Dream,” American musical composer Frank Wildhorn’s “This is the Moment,” American jazz pianist Nat King Cole’s “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” and Italian musical composer Detto Mariano’s “L’immensita.”

In the second part of the program, pieces from composer Joe Hisaishi that have been used in Miyazaki’s films will be performed.

The show starts at 3 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 ($27) to 100,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.



LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Lotte Concert Hall

July 6-7
: As one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most recognizable works, the “Marriage of Figaro” tells the story of Figaro, a servant to Count Almaviva, and Susanna, the Countess’s maid, and their wedding preparations in 18th century Spain.

Directed by Rene Jacobs, a renowned Belgian musician and conductor, this opera features the collaboration between the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and The National Chorus of Korea.

Soprano Im Sun-hae will be reprising her role as Susanna in this performance.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 150,000 won.

Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 1 or 2.



MELOMANCE CONCERT

Blue Square Hall, Interpark Hall

July 6-8
: Indie duo MeloMance, made up of vocalist Kim Min-seok and pianist Jeong Dong-hwan, is ready to take the stage for their biggest headlining concert yet. After the success of their hit 2017 song “Gift,” the pair took home the Best Indie award at the 2017 Melon Music Awards and Indie Discovery of the Year award at the 2018 Gaon Music Awards. They will be performing songs from their four EPs, including last year’s “Moonlight.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 88,000 to 99,000 won.

Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2 or 3.



JAURIM CONCERT

Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

July 7-8
: The trio of vocalist Kim Yuna, guitarist Lee Sun-kyu and bassist Kim Jin-man will be performing a diverse range of songs including their previous hits, tracks from their new album and a cover song performed by Kim and Lee on JTBC’s cover performance show “Begin Again 2” at their concert series next month.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Ticket prices range from 88,000 to 110,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.



KENDRICK LAMAR

Jamsil Sports Complex, Auxiliary Stadium

July 30
: Acclaimed musician Kendrick Lamar will be performing for the first time in Korea in Seoul. Noted for his thought-provoking lyrics and powerful voice, Lamar is credited as one of the most influential rappers of the modern era. The 12-time Grammy winner is known for fusing hip-hop, jazz, African music, funk and poetry in his songs.

The show starts at 8 P.M.

Ticket prices range from 110,000 to 132,000 won.

Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 6 or 7.



CHO SEONG-JIN PIANO RECITAL

Ansan Arts Center

Sept. 9
: Since becoming the first Korean to win the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, Cho Seong-jin has not stopped holding recitals and performances for audiences around the world. Despite his busy schedule, he was able to schedule a solo piano concert at the Ansan Arts Center.

The performance’s program consists of: J.S. Bach’s “The Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue,” Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy,” Frederic Chopin’s “Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61” and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The show starts at 3 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 10,000 won.

Gojan Station, line No. 4, exit 1.




THEATER



KOREAN NATIONAL BALLET: ANNA KARENINA

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

June 22-24
: Based on Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel of the same name, this world class masterpiece will be performed by the Korean National Ballet Company under the supervision of director Kang Sue-jin. Additionally, the classical music will be performed by the Korean Symphony Orchestra.

This performance centers on a married woman, Anna Karenina, who falls in love with the charming Count Vronsky. Initially, she is reluctant to carry out an affair, but they eventually begin dating and get caught.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. on the weekend.

Ticket prices range from 5,000 to 50,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.



DIE LUSTIGE WITWE

LG Arts Center

June 28 to July 1
: Based on Franz Lehar’s 1950 production in Vienna, this operetta centers on how the people of a small, fictional country, Pontevedra, prevent a rich widow, Hanna Glawari, from marrying a foreigner. Fearing that her marriage would directly lead to the collapse of their economy, the citizens try their best to keep her money within the country.

Also known as “Merry Widow,” this operetta has enjoyed international success and continues to be staged worldwide. Directed by Guy Joosten and conducted by musical director Thomas Rosner, this operetta will be performed by the Korea National Opera.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. on weekends.

Ticket prices range from 20,000 to 12,000 won.

Yeoksam Station, line No. 2, exit 7 or 8.



THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

July 8 to Aug. 26
: Led by American theater director Robert Johanson, this musical is based on Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel of the same name and the 1928 film adaptation.

Set in 17th century Great Britain, the show tells the story of Gwnynplaine, an abandoned young boy with a disfigured face and his search for the truth behind his birth.

Singers Park Hyo-shin and EXO’s Suho are set to star as Gwnynplaine in this production.

The musical starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 p.m. on Thursdays; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and national holidays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 150,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.



KILLOLOGY

Daehakro Art One Theater 2

To July 11
: Based on Welsh playwright Gary Owen’s play of the same name, this show is a stunning tale of virtual torture and horror. Killology is a popular online game in which players score extra points for torturing their victims in a creative manner. In the story, the game suddenly turns into reality, triggering fear amongst the people.

Owen won best playwright at the 2018 Wales Theatre Awards for “Killology.” This is the first time the play is being performed in Korea.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends. There are no shows on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 55,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2.



MAMA, DON’T CRY

Daehakro Art One Theater 1

To July 15
: This musical revolves around a brilliant, shy professor who sadly can’t muster up the courage to talk to the girl that he has a crush on. After encountering a vampire while time traveling, the timid professor becomes a charming man.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 60,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 2.



ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Hongik Daehangno Art Center, Grand Theater

Aug. 3 to Nov. 21
: Based on London’s 1973 hit musical of the name same, “Rocky Horror Show” revolves around a happily engaged couple, Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, getting caught up in a thunderstorm and eventually staying at the castle of mad scientist Dr. Furter for shelter.

The musical features several members of last year’s cast; Michael K. Lee, Song Yong-jin and Jo Hyung-kyun will be reprising the role of Furter; Choi Soo-jin and Lee Ji-soo will be reprising the role of Weiss; Park Young-soo will be reprising the role of Majors.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 66,000 to 99,000 won.

The age restriction for this musical is 19.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3.



CHICAGO

D-Cube Art Center

To Aug. 5
: As the second longest running American musical on Broadway, “Chicago” is returning to theaters with its lively vibes and flamboyant moves. Singer Ivy is once again playing the role of Roxie Hart.

It has been 18 years since this musical first debuted on local stages and June 23 will mark the show’s 1000th performance. Known for its social satire of the 1920s, this musical portrays the prison life of the inmates in Cook County prison.

There are no shows on Mondays. The show starts at 8 P.M. on weekdays including Mondays; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.

Ticket prices range from 60,000 to 140,000 won.

Sindorim Station, lines No. 1 and No. 2, exit 1 or 5.




TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE



ESSENCE OF GUKAK

Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater

To June 23
: This summer, Korea’s finest gukak (traditional Korean music) masters will gather to present the beauty of the genre.

The performance, held every Friday and Saturday in June, gives those who wish to experience Korea’s traditional music culture a chance to listen to noted traditional sori (a type of pansori that originates in Gyeonggi) masters, and the National Gukak Center’s Court Music Orchestra.

In total, seven types of gukak will be presented at every show and each week a different style will be featured prominently.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ticket prices are 20,000 won per seat.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 3.





FESTIVAL



SOUND CITY

Olympic Park, SK Olympic Handball Stadium

July 27-29
: The music festival, organized by Live Nation Korea, will feature nine groups in total, including British duo Honne and Scottish band Chvrches.

Sekai No Owari, a four-member Japanese band will also perform.

The doors for the festival open at 5 P.M. on Friday and 4 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket prices are 110,000 won per day.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3.



*Most tickets are available at ticket.interpark.com/global or by calling 1544-1555.
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