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2019.11.20 Ticket

Nov 20,2019
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As the holiday season nears, local ballet theaters are brimming with shows for families. Universal Ballet, above, will stage “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 21 to 31. [UNIVERSAL BALLET]
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JANG WOO-HYUK

Jangchung Arena

Nov. 29, 30

Singer Jang Woo-hyuk, a former member of now-disbanded boy group H.O.T., has announced his first solo concert series since 2006.

During the concert, the 41-year-old singer will perform songs from his latest EP releases that came out in September and October, as well as H.O.T. hits such as “Warrior’s Descendant.”

H.O.T. ruled the music scene from its debut in 1996 until it broke up in 2001.

Even after the breakup of the five-member boy group, Jang continued to release albums.

Best known for his dancing skills, Jang will reportedly fill the stage with exciting dance performances.

Over the past two years, Jang has participated in productions of “Fuerza Bruta,” the theater show known for its music, acrobatics and dance.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 and at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Tickets range from 121,000 won ($103.80) to 143,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No.3, exit 5.



KUN-WOO PAIK AND NOCTURNE

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Dec. 7

Piano virtuoso Paik Kun-woo, 73, will be playing Fryderyk Chopin’s nocturnes live for one night only.

The pianist recorded all the 21 nocturnes of Chopin and released it as an album earlier this year through classical music label Deutsche Grammophon.

In order to mark the release of the album, Paik held a press conference in March and told local press that Chopin’s nocturnes contain “a lot of worries and pain” of the musician in them, therefore nocturnes provide an in-depth understanding of Chopin for classical music aficionados.

Having debuted at the age of 10, Paik has been pursuing a career in classical music for more than six decades.

Based in Paris, the pianist was made “Chevalier de l´ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French government in 2000 for his achievement in art.

The show starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won.

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



THE NUTCRACKER

* Korean National Ballet: Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

Dec. 14-25

Local ballet companies are presenting their versions of “The Nutcracker” as the holiday season is nearing.

Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and first staged in1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the ballet has become a holiday tradition that has been performed around the world for the past 127 years.

The Korean National Ballet is staging “The Nutcracker” choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, who is known as a living legend in the ballet world. The Russian dancer and choreographer worked as the art director for Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater from 1964 to 1995.

What helps the Korean National Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” stand out among the rest is that a child will play the role of the nutcracker.

A lot of divertissements, or dance sequences, have been added to maximize the fun of watching a ballet performance for audience.

The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends.

There will be no performances on Mondays.

The performance on Christmas Day will be broadcast live on KBS1. Tickets for that show are not available to the public.

Ticket prices range from 5,000 won to 90,000 won.

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



* Universal Ballet: Universal Arts Center

Dec. 21-31

The Universal Ballet is presenting “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Vasili Vainonen from Mariinsky Theatre.

The ballet company premiered the Christmas classic back in 1986 on home soil and has been staging the show every year since then.

Since “The Nutcracker” by Universal Ballet features budding ballet performers, it is a good chance for audiences to learn more about young ballet dancers.

The performance starts at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and Christmas Day.

There are no performances on Dec. 23 and 26.

Ticket prices range from 10,000 won to 100,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 4.



SARAH CHANG

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Dec. 29

International violinist Sarah Chang will visit Seoul for a solo recital.

The award-winning violinist visited Korea last year and showed up for a performance, but as part of an ensemble with other musicians.

This is the first solo recital of Chang in seven years since the last one in 2012.

Having debuted at the age of 8 in 1990 by collaborating with New York Philharmonic led by conductor Zubin Mehta, Chang has been staying on the top over the past decades.

The solo recital will be accompanied by pianist Julio Elizalde and will include repertoires including Bartok Romanian Folk Dances Sz.56, Cesar Franck Violin Sonata in A major M.8 and Salut D’Amour Op.12.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 160,000 won.

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



AIDA

Blue Square, Interpark Hall

Through Feb. 23

Musical Aida returns after three years.

Set in ancient Egypt, the story follows a love triangle between three protagonists: Radames, the Egyptian military commander, who enslaves the people of Nubia including Aida, the princess of Nubia, and Amneris, the daughter of Pharaoh and the fiancee of Radames.

On his way home from a victory against Nubia, the long-time enemy of Egypt, Radames develops an interest in Aida, who makes her voice heard among the captives. Without knowing that Aida is the princess of Nubia, Radames sends her as a gift to Amneris. Soon after, Radames and Aida fall for each other but Aida tries to find a balance between her love for Radames and her responsibility to her people.

The musical, also known as “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida” is based on an opera of the same title.

Aida stars Yoon Gong-joo and Jeon Na-young as Aida; Kim Woo-hyung and Choi Jae-rim as Radames; Ivy and Jeong Sun-ah as Amneris.

Performances start at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends.

There are no shows on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won.

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

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