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Culture

2018.8.8 Ticket

Aug 08,2018
“The Man who Laughs,” based on Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel of the same name, is currently being performed at the Seoul Arts Center. Thanks to the popularity of the show, the musical will return shortly after it comes to an end on Aug. 26. The production will start showing again at the Blue Square in Hannam-dong, central Seoul, on Sept. 5. See THEATER, below. [EMK MUSICAL]


MUSIC



STARS ON STAGE

Lotte Concert Hall

Aug. 15
: Classical music stars of Korea, including pianists Lim Dong-hyek, Kim Sun-wook, Sunwoo Ye-kwon, soprano Hwang Su-mi, violinist Kim Su-yeon, Kim Bomsori, pictured above, and cellist Mun Tae-guk will take the stage for a day filled with performances that are sure to delight fans of all ages.

Nine classical music agencies have gotten together to organize this series of joint concerts in order to promote classical music in Korea.

The program includes Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op.11,” Schumann’s “Fantasiestucke, Op. 73,” and Franc’s “Piano Quintet In F Minor, Op.14,” and many more pieces from some of the world’s greatest composers.

There are four show times throughout the day. The first concert will start at 12 p.m., the second at 2:30 p.m., the third at 5 p.m. and the fourth at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are 35,000 won ($31) per seat.

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



JOE HISAISHI ANIMATION MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR YOUTH

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Aug. 26
: A festival featuring everyone’s favorite songs from the soundtrack of the “Avengers” superhero film series will be taking place for the first time this August.

Directed by composer Joe Hisaishi, this festival will be divided into two parts. A total of 14 pieces will be performed by the Arts Symphony Orchestra with conductor Chung Byoung-whie at the helm.

Guitarist Kim Hyun-kyu, who won the 2007 Young Festival, and pianist Lee Hyun-jin, who won the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, will be performing as well.

The festival starts at 5 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 35,000 to 55,000 won.

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



SUMI JO ‘ONE NIGHT IN PARIS’

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang

Sept. 5 and 9
: Sumi Jo is set to take the stage with musicians such as Jean-Christophe Born, accordion player Alexander Sheykin and the Ditto Orchestra, under the baton of Lorenzo Passerini, for her return to the stage.

In the first part of the concert, Jo will sing arias from shows written by Giacomo Puccini that take place in Paris, the city of love: “La Boheme,” a four-act opera which depicts the lives of poor young artists living for their dreams in Paris, and “La Rondine,” a three-act opera which shows how individuals seek true love in Paris.

The second part of the program consists of music from musicals such as “Notre-Dame de Paris,” “Les Miserables” and movies, including the 1951 film “Sous Le Ciel De Paris.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Seoul Arts Center and at 7 p.m. at Olympic Park.

Ticket prices range from 50,000 to 180,000 won for the concert at the Seoul Arts Center, and range from 40,000 to 100,000 won for the concert at Olympic Park.

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

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



DISNEY IN CONCERT

Olympic Park, 88 Jandi Madang

Sept. 8
: The only Disney concert in Korea that can be enjoyed outdoors will feature favorite songs from hit movies like “The Little Mermaid,” “Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Frozen.”

The show will be performed by the KBS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yun Hyun-Jin.

The concert starts at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 40,000 to 80,000 won.

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



KIM SUN-WOOK PIANO RECITAL

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Sept. 9
: Renowned pianist Kim Sun-wook, the winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, will be returning to the Seoul Arts Center for the first time in two years. This is his final recital on his nationwide tour, which began last August. The program consists of four pieces, Mozart’s “Piano Sonata No. 9 in D Major,” Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor,” Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasque,” and Brahms’ “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.”

The performance starts at 5 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 30,000 to 100,000 won.

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



MAKSIM & HIS BAND

Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

Oct. 7
: The famed Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica is returning to Korea for the first time in two years. Since 2004, the prominent pianist has performed in Korea multiple times. The highlight of this show will be the songs from his ninth album, which was released on June 1.

The concert starts at 5 p.m.

Ticket prices range from 77,000 to 132,000 won.

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




THEATER



THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Charlotte Theater

Aug. 11 to Oct. 28
: This musical is a love story between an average housewife named Francesca, living in Iowa, and a National Geographic photographer named Robert, who is sent to the town she lives in for work.

For the role of Francesca, the leading female character, musical actors Kim Sun-young and Cha Ji-yeon will alternate, while actor Park Eun-tae and singer Kangta, a former member of popular boy group H.O.T., will alternate to play Robert Kincaid.

The story is based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 best-selling novel of the same name.

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

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

Jamsil Station, line No. 2, exit 3.



FRANKENSTEIN

Blue Square Hall, Interpark Hall

To Aug. 26
: The musical “Frankenstein” is returning after three years away from local stages.

Based on Mary Shelley’s 1823 novel of the same name, the musical adds new characters and creative plot twists to the classic monster tale.

The musical is set in 19th century Europe and centers on the efforts of Swiss scientist Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Henry Dupre to create a fearless, immortal soldier.

However, the experiment goes awry, and a dangerous monster is born.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.

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

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



THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

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 Britain, the show tells the story of Gwynplaine, 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 star as Gwynplaine 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.



FUERZA BRUTA WAYRA

Jamsil Sports Complex, FB Theater

To Oct. 7
: The ultimate entertainment experience, with energetic performances, exciting music and dazzling light effects.

Visitors are recommended to wear casual and comfortable clothes, as they will either stand or sit on the floor for the duration of the show.

This dynamic theater experience, directed by famed Argentinian artistic director Diqui James, features performers flying freely in three dimensional spaces.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays. There are no shows on Mondays.

Ticket prices range from 99,000 to 132,000 won.

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



MATILDA

LG Arts Center

Sept. 8 to Feb. 10
: Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 best-selling novel, this musical tells the story of a gifted young girl named Matilda who possesses telekinetic powers.

While dealing with her insensitive parents, Matilda befriends her school teacher, Miss Honey, and defends her friends from her evil principal Miss Trunchbull.

Four actors - Hwang Ye-yeong, An So-myeong, Lee Ji-na and Seol Ga-eun - will play the role of Matilda.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

There are no shows on Mondays.

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

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



THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Hongik Daehangno Art Center, Grand Theater

To Nov. 21
: Based on London’s 1973 hit musical of the same name, “The Rocky Horror Show” revolves around a happily engaged couple, Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, getting caught in a thunderstorm and eventually staying at the castle of mad scientist Dr. Frank N. 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 Brad 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 the musical is 19.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 3.




FESTIVALS



SEOUL FOREST JAZZ FESTIVAL

Seoul Forest

Oct. 6-7
: The Seoul Forest Jazz Festival is a jazz festival that takes place in a famous park located in the heart of Seoul.

In the beginning of autumn, visitors can admire the natural scenery while enjoying live jazz performances by talented artists from Korea and abroad.

The lineup for Saturday consists of famed singer-songwriter Sunwoo Jung-A, pictured above, trumpet player Peter Evans, and the Lee Sunjae Trio. The lineup for Sunday includes the Junggigo Quintet, the jazz trumpet Joep Van Rhijn Trio and pop singer Park Ji-yoon.

The festival starts at 2 p.m. on both days.

Ticket prices range from 55,000 to 88,000 won.

Ttukseom Station line No. 2, exit 8.



GRAND MINT FESTIVAL

Olympic Park

Oct. 20-21
: Unlike mainstream rock music festivals, like the Jisan Rock Festival, Grand Mint Festival (GMF) showcases musicians, such as indie artists and small instrumentalist groups, that aren’t on the radio all the time. Created by the Korean entertainment company Mint Paper, GMF is back for its 12th year.

This festival includes a food zone, entertainment zone, beauty zone and a “slow life” zone for those who need to take a break from the music, providing a refreshing break from the typical rock event. The first lineup consists of artists, including veteran K-pop singer BoA, singer Yoonha, indie duo MeloMance, and vocal duo Bolbbalgan4.

Also, this marks the first time that BoA will appear at a Korean music festival.

The second lineup will be released on Aug. 14.

The festival starts at 10:30 a.m. on both days.

Ticket prices range from 99,000 to 158,000 won.

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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