|Singer-songwriter Dean (Joombas Music)|
“Hyundai Card Curated 31 Dean with Club Eskimo”: Rhythm and blues singer-producer Dean is holding a concert with members of music movement Club Eskimo, which include rappers Crush, Punchnello and producer Millic, among others, on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Hyundai Card Understage in Itaewon. Dean has been garnering attention both inside and out of the country for his sophisticated yet soulful hip hop-infused R&B tunes. Tickets are priced at 88,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com.
“Jeff Beck Live in Seoul”: Iconic British guitarist Jeff Beck will perform in Seoul’s Olympic Park on Jan. 22. Beck, who rubs shoulders with guitar legends such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, meets the 50th anniversary of his debut this year. “I’m still an 18-year-old who knows nothing but music,” he says. Beck is known for his innovative sound which spans genres ranging from blues rock, hard rock, jazz fusion to electronica. Concert ticket prices range from 99,000 won to 165,000 won. Tickets can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com.
“Let It Snow -- Park Jung-hyun”: Korean pop-R&B diva Park Jung-hyun is holding a year-end concert from Dec. 23-25 at Seoul’s Olympic Park. Originally planned to take place on Christmas day and eve, the concert was extended one more day following explosive ticket reservations, according to promoter Fortune Entertainment. Park will also perform in Gwangju on Nov. 26-27, in Daegu on Dec. 17-18, and in Busan on Dec. 30-31. The petite songstress is known for her powerful, soulful vocals and impeccable live performances. Ticket prices range from 88,000 won to 143,000 won. For reservations, visit ticket.interpark.com.
“Metallica WorldWired Tour 2017”: World-renowned American heavy metal band Metallica is visiting Korea to perform on Jan. 11 at the Gocheok Sky Dome at 8 p.m. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, the band has since achieved massive fame, their aggressive performances placing them as one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal. The band has won eight Grammy Awards throughout the course of its nine studio albums. Concert ticket prices range from 99,000 won to 165,000 won. Tickets can be reserved exclusively at ticket.interpark.com.
|The Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna. (Strauss Festival Orchestra)|
“Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna New Year Concert”: The Strauss Festival Orchestra will be making its way to the Seoul stage next year, bringing along its trademark whimsical style. Bringing the life to the sounds of the ballet under the baton of conductor Willy Buchler, the orchestra’s upcoming concert will include pieces by Vladimir Snizek, Marta Karacsonya, Igor Blumberg and Beate Gramer. The concert will be held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall on Jan. 19. Tickets prices are listed at 25,000 and 120,000 won. For more information, visit www.sac.or.kr.
“Hyungi Kim Brahms Violin Sonata Recital”: Herald Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim will be tackling the works of Brahms in her upcoming solo recital. A graduate of Seoul National University’s College of Music and member of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, Kim is slated to perform Sonatas for Violin and Piano “No. 1 in G Major, “Regen”, Op. 78,” “Thun”, Op. 100” and “No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108.” The concert will be held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Recital Hall on Dec. 3. Tickets prices are listed at 20,000 and 30,000 won. For more information, visit www.sac.or.kr.
“Macbeth Opera”: The Sejong Center is gearing up to host its latest opera production, Verdi’s operatic rendition of the Shakespeare classic “Macbeth.” Verdi’s musical rendition of the Shakespearean tragedy is most often hailed as the best of the composer’s earliest works, expressing human cruelty and ambition through a powerful score. The production will star baritones Yang June-mo and Kim Tae-hyun as Macbeth; sopranos Oh Mi-seon and Jung Joo-hei as Lady Macbeth. Sung in its original Italian libretto, the upcoming four-act “Macbeth” opera will also feature subtitles in both Korean and English. The show will be staged at the Sejong Center’s Grand Theater in Seoul until Sunday with ticket prices ranging from 20,000 won to 120,000 won. For more information, visit www.sejongpac.or.kr.
"The Little Singers of Paris": Internationally renowned all-male youth choir The Little Singers of Paris, is returning to Korea for a nationwide tour. Just in time to celebrate the Christmas holiday season, the choir will be performing across the nation throughout December with concerts in Busan, Yongin, Ulsan, Gimpo and Seoul. The Little Singers of Paris will also hold two performances in Seoul on Dec. 17 and 18 at the Seoul Arts Center’s Concert Hall. Ticket prices range from 33,000 won to 110,000 won. For more information, call (02) 597-9870.
|Scene from the musical, “Aida.” (Seensee Company)|
“The Bodyguard”: Based on the eponymous Blockbuster-hit film starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard musical is gearing up to hit Asia stage for the first time. The 2012 stage musical written by Alexander Dinelaris features songs recorded by Whitney Houston including “One Moment in Time,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and her inarguably the diva’s greatest hit single, her cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The Korean rendition musical will star Jeong Sun-ah, Sohn Seung-yeon and Park Sung-woong. “The Bodyguard” will be staged at the LG Arts Center in Seoul from Dec. 15 to March 5 with ticket prices ranging from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, 02-2005-0114.
“Aida”: The legendary musical reaching 574 performances in Korea and grossing more than 35 billion won thus far and seen by 49 Million theatergoers, the theater brain child of Elton John and Tim Rice is returning to the Seoul stage. The Grammy Award and five-time Tony Award winning musical is based on eponymous opera by Giuseppe Verdi and stand as one of Broadway’s most successful productions. This year’s musical will star leads Yoon Gong-ju, Jang Eun-ah, Kim Woo-hyung and Min Woo-hyuk. “Aida” will be staged at Charlotte Theater until Mar. 11. Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 02-1644-0078.
“Phantom”: Not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway smash hit production “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Phantom” is a musical with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and based on the novel by Arthur Kopit. The musical’s storyline is often billed as the “hidden and untold” story of the infamous opera ghost. The Korean rendition of the musical will star Park Eun-tae, Park Hyo-shin and Jeon Dong-suk. “Phantom” will be staged at the Blue Square theater in Seoul until Feb. 26. Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-6478.
“Monte Cristo”: Edmund Dantes, a promising young sailor, is awaiting his wedding with the beautiful Mercedes until he is suddenly falsely accused and arrested for conspiracy by the dastardly Mondeo, who is secretly in love with the fair Mercedes. The musical rendition of the famed literary tale of “Monte Cristo” will be held at the Chungmu Art Hall’s Grand Theater in Seoul until Feb. 12. It will star Ryu Jeong-han, Um Ki-jun, Kai, Shin Sung-rok. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-6478.
“Mr. Show”: By renowned musical director Kolleen Park, the naughty male striptease show “Mr. Show” is returning to the stage this year. The women-only variety show features strapping young men who dance and perform various themed acts that are geared toward tantalizing females. The live show -- only for those 19 and above -- will be staged until Dec. 4 at the Shinhan Card Fan Square’s Live Hall in Seoul. Tickets are 52,000 won and 80,000 won. For more details, call (02) 547-5694.
“Seoul International Choreography Festival”: The 25th Seoul International Choreography Festival will take place at the Arko Arts Theater in Dongsung-dong, Seoul, from Dec. 1-8. Launched in 1992, the annual event was founded to introduce Korean modern dance to the world. This year’s festival will bring together performance artists from across the globe, including Korea, Finland, Japan and the US. Tickets are 20,000 won and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (02) 2263-4680.
“The Little Prince”: Now celebrating its fifth year, the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company will be performing the French classic “The Little Prince” at the Gimhae Arts and Sports Center in Gimhae on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. An adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella, the performance will showcase the group’s unique take on the widely known story about the world seen through the eyes of a boy from a faraway star. Tickets range from 20,000 won to 30,000 won, and are available at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (055) 320-1234.
“A Dream of Angels”: The Little Angels Performing Arts Company will be performing “A Dream of Angels” at the Universal Arts Center in Seoul from Dec. 10-11 at 4 p.m. Founded in 1962, the Little Angels aims to preserve Korean culture and introduce it to the world. The group will showcase a wide range of traditional Korean dances, including talchum (mask dance), buchaechum (a fan dance), janggochum (drum dance) and others. Tickets range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won, and are available at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call 070 7124-1762.
“Macbeth”: UBIN Dance will be presenting the Shakespearean classic “Macbeth” at the National Theater of Korea in Jangchung-dong, Seoul, from Dec. 13-14. Divided into three acts, the company will be presenting its rendition of the timeless tragedy that reveals much about the human greed for power. The performance will begin at 4 p.m. on both days. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won, and can be reserved at ticket.interpark.com. For inquiries, call (010) 3129-4243.
|“Mountain” by the late artist Yoo Young-kuk (MMCA)|
“Lee Chung-hyung: The Site before Your Eyes”: Korean artist Lee Chung-hyung is holding a solo exhibition “The Site before Your Eyes” at SongEun ArtCube in Gangnam, Seoul from now until Dec. 3. As a means of supporting himself, artist Lee Chung-hyung has worked in gallery space design and construction. “The Site before Your Eyes,” Lee’s second solo exhibition, aims to capture the importance of physical and mental labor in the artistic process. For more information, visit www.songeunartspace.org.
“Reflections”: Korean installation artist Kim Seung-young will be holding a solo exhibition at the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Anguk-dong, Seoul, from now until Dec. 16. With a special focus on understanding the human psyche, the modern art exhibition aims to express both personal and societal shortcomings and pain through his 3-D pieces. For more information, visit www.savinamuseum.com.
“Archive of Mind”: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea is hosting artist Kim Soo-ja’s solo show as part of its annual exhibition program sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company. The exhibition showcases the latest works by Kim, including site-specific installations, videos, sculptures and photos that explore the body and the mind. The exhibition runs until Feb. 5, 2017 at Gallery 5 and the museum’s courtyard. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr.
“The Parliament of Possibilities”: Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson is holding a solo exhibition at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul. An experimental artist who works with a wide range of elements and concepts, Eliasson will be presenting a total of 22 works, from “Moss wall,” made with moss from Iceland, to “Your unpredictable path,” a glass sculpture made from more than 1,000 spheres. The exhibition runs from now until Feb. 26, 2017. Tickets are 8,000 won for adults, and 4,000 won for children. For more information, visit www.leeum.samsungfoundation.org.
“David LaChapelle: Inscape of Beauty”: American photographer David LaChapelle will be holding a solo exhibition at the Ara Modern Museum in Insa-dong, Seoul. Throughout his career, he has captured iconic images of global pop idols, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, and countless others. The 53-year-old photographer is also best known for his surrealist pieces that present human nature in fantasy-like environments. The exhibition will run from Nov. 19 until Feb. 26. Tickets are 12,000 won for adults, and range from 8,000 won to 10,000 won for students. For more information, visit www.aramuseum.org.
“Yoo Young-kuk”: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Korean artist Yoo Young-kuk. Born in 1916, Yoo paved the way for modern art in Korea. The exhibition runs until March 1, 2017. It features some of Yoo’s iconic pieces defined by his abstract interpretations of nature. Tickets cost 3,000 won. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr.
“Alphonse Mucha, The Pioneer of Modern Graphic Design”: The Seoul Arts Center will present the late Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s collection from Dec. 3 to March 5, 2017. Recognized as one of the leading Art Nouveau painters of his lifetime, Mucha’s works have inspired artists across the globe throughout the past century. The exhibition will feature some of his most iconic paintings, photographs, design goods and more. Tickets range from 5,000 won to 15,000 won. For more information, visit www.sac.or.kr.
“Nick Knight:Image”: British photographer Nick Knight is holding his first Seoul exhibition at Daelim Museum. Best known for his collaborations with leading design icons, including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and more, Knight will be showcasing some of his never-before-seen photographs and digital images from over the years. The exhibition runs from now until March 26, 2017. Tickets are 5,000 won for adults, and range from 2,000 won to 3,000 won for children. For more information, visit www.daelimmuseum.org.