Daniel Muller-Schott Cello Recital
Seoul Arts Center*
German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott will hold his first recital in Korea with a concert program including Bach Suite No. 2 in D minor, Britten’s Suite No. 3, and Bach Suite No. 3 in C major. Muller-Schott was born in 1976 in Munich and has earned much acclaim at a young age. Tickets cost 70,000 to 90,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743 or visit www.daniel-mueller-schott.com.
Paavo Jarvi & Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Seoul Arts Center*
Germany’s traditional orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) was founded in 1929 and Paavo Jarvi has been conducting the orchestra since 2006. With a wide-ranging musical style, the orchestra is among the best in Europe and consistently earns international acclaim. The program includes symphony and orchestral pieces and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. U.S. violinist Hillary Hahn will collaborate in this concert. Tickets cost 50,000 to 220,000 won. For more information, call (02) 599-5743.
Soprano Mojca Erdmann Recital
Seoul Arts Center*
Soprano Mojca Erdmann is a German soprano star who was dubbed the “most beautiful voice during summer” in 2010 at the Salzburg Festival. The concert program includes Mozart and Mendelssohn’s German lied and operatic arias. Piano accompaniment will be by Gerold Huber. Tickets cost 90,000 to 110,000 won. For info, call (02) 599-5743.
Lee Eun-mee Concert
A powerful vocal diva, Lee Eun-mee, who has been a performer for more than 20 years, will showcase the “World's Shortest Drama.” She debuted as a solo artist in 1992 and paved her way to success when she released the song “I Have a Lover,” which ranked number one most sung karaoke song in Korea for two consecutive years. Tickets cost 77,000 to 121,000 won. For more information, call (02) 1544-1555.
Jason Mraz Live in Busan
Jason Mraz, a Grammy award winning singer and songwriter, is performing in Korea. Mraz has sold over 20 million copies just in Korea, and has maintained his place as Korea's most loved pop star for years. He released his new album "Love Is a Four Letter Word" on April 17. Tickets cost 110,000 to 126,000 won. Located near exit 1 of Centum City station on Busan subway line 2. For more information, call (051) 740-7320.
Patti Kim Last Global Tour Concert
Kim began her music career on the stage of an American Army base in 1958, and she is putting a stop to her long music journey this coming June. Her performances, especially “Passion” in 2012, were incredibly creative and fascinating. She will be visiting her fans one last time with a theme called “Farewell.” Tickets cost 77,000 to 14,3000 won. For more information, call (02) 518- 8586.
2012 b vocal Concert
Seoul Arts Center*
A Spanish a cappella group “b vocal” in 2010 won the “A Cappella Competition of Harmony Sweepstakes.” The following year, the group earned the “Best A Cappella Group” by New York Broadway in 2011. During this concert, b vocal will sing world famous hit songs and opera music such as “Dancing Queen,” “Staying Alive,” “Sir Duke,” “Yesterday,” and ”Handel and Rossini’s Opera Arias.” Tickets cost 30,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 523-5391.
2012 Jisan Valley Rock Festival
Jisan Forest Resort
The best of the best rock bands, Radiohead, Owl City, The Stone Roses, Bread Eye, and many more, will be performing at Jisan Forest Resort. The most renowned artists from Korea and the world will play their most popular line up. Tickets cost 225,000 won. For more information, call 1577- 3363, or visit www.valleyrockfestival.com.
The Civilization of Turkey: Emperors in Istanbul
National Museum of Korea
Through Sept. 2
Turkey is a nation where the civilizations of the East and the West coexist, as a variety of religions and cultures have settled and flourished there. The exhibition will display relics from the 3000 B.C. Anatolian civilization to the 19th century Ottoman Empire. Tickets cost 12,000 won. Located near exit 2, Ichon Station on subway line 4. For more information (02)2077-9000 or visit www.istanbul2012.co.kr.
Seoul in Turbulence: As seen by AP
Seoul Museum of History
Through June 3
From National Liberation in 1945 to the April Revolution in 1960, the Seoul Museum of History will showcase remarkable photographs of Seoul as seen through the eyes of the Associated Press.
The exhibition will open up perspectives of the foreign press through powerful images of some of the most critical times in recent Korean history taken by AP. Admission is free. For more information, call (02)724-0274.
Pop & Jazz
2012 Danny Jung Live in Seoul: Return to Forever
Danny Jung planned the coming concert as one that anyone can enjoy. Contemporary jazz songs are the main motif, while a variety of genres, including hip hop, reggae, gospel and rock, will be played as part of his repertoire. Tickets cost 66,000 to 110,000 won. For more information, call (02) 1544-1555.
IU Real Fantasy Concert
Kyung Hee University Grand Peace Palace
IU is Korea's most loved young k-pop star, who possesses an outstanding singing ability like no other. She first made a brilliant debut with a song “Girl Diva” IU hopes that this concert will send out to the fans her passion, affection, and inspiration. Tickets cost 77,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call (02) 961-9250.
Yoon Sang Reboot Concert
Yoon Sang is a notable singer and songwriter known as a “musician’s musician” in Korea. He was an iconic singer in the 70s and 80s, but still remains as a respected artist today. This concert will be his first solo concert in three years. Tickets cost 77,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.
The runner-up winner on “Superstar K Season 3,” the celebrated trio band Busker Busker is holding their second concert. Their hit songs, “Cherry Blossom Ending” and “Yeosu Night Sea,” which are currently on top music charts, will be performed live with the theme “Youth Bus.” Tickets cost 77,000 to 88,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555.
Song Young-joo New York Quartet: Tale of a City, the 2nd story
Mapo Art Center
Song Young-joo is a well known jazz pianist. After spending time collaborating with many recognized artists in New York, she is finally making her comeback to Seoul. Her album, “Tale of a City,” received the best performing musician award. For this year's concert, she will be performing with a saxophonist Joshua Redman. Tickets cost 35,000 to 65,000 won. For more information, call 02-3274-8600.
Wouter Hamel The Best of Concert
Wouter Hamel, a pop jazz artist from the Netherlands, will be performing in Hongdae, Korea. After winning the Dutch Jazz Vocal Competition, he received significant attention from the media. When Hamel released "Breezy" in Japan, he took over top charts in East Asia. All seats are standing. Tickets cost 66,000. For more information, call 1544-1555.
Romeo and Juliet
Seoul Arts Center*
Kenneth MacMillan’s most dramatic and thought-out ballet performance, Romeo and Juliet, is coming to Seoul. Universal Ballet, which is the most recognized ballet group in Korea, will be performing the heartbreaking love story. Join and be inspired by Shakespeare¡¯s work. Tickets cost 10,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 580-1300.
La Dame aux Camelias with Kang Sue-jin, Stuttgart Ballet
Sejong Arts Center*
The Stuttgart Ballet, Germany’s first and one of the world’s premier companies, will bring the iconic ballet by John Neumeier ”La Dame aux Camelias,” with famed Korean ballerina Kang Sue-jin in the lead and Marguerite Gautier and its Dutch principal Marijn Rademaker as Armand Duval. Dame, premiered in 1978 with the company in its hometown. Set to the music from Frederic Chopin and based on the 1848 novel of Alexandre Dumas that gave birth to the Giuseppe Verdi opera “La Traviata,” it follows the love arc between a courtesan and a provincial bourgeois. Tickets cost 50,000 to 250,000 won. For more, call 1544-1555.
Plays & Musicals
Through June 6
M. Butterfly, a story about a relationship between a French diplomat and a Peking Opera singer, is a play written in 1988 by David Henry. The plot is about a love story of a civil servant who falls in love with a Chinese opera diva, who is actually a man masquerading as a woman. Tickets cost 40,000 to 60,000 won. For more information, call (02) 766-6007.
Through June 3
New musical “Doctor Zhivago” will be staged in Korea for the first time. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, the story revolves around Yuri Zhivago’s life and love during the 1917 Russian Revolution. For information, call 1588-5212.
Musical La Cage
LG Arts Center
Through Sept 4
The musical based on Harvey Fierstein's novel focuses on a gay couple, Georges who has a wife and a son. Tickets cost 60,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2005-0114 or visit www.lgart.com.
May 31-June 30
Popular blockbuster Broadway musical “Wicked” will be staged in Korea for the first time. Since making its debut on Broadway in 2003, the musical has topped the box office for nine years. Tickets cost 50,000 to 160,000 won. Located near exit 2 of Hangangjin Station on subway line 6. For more information, call 1577-3363.
Man of La Mancha
Charlotte Lotte Theater
June 10-Oct. 7
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century masterpiece, Don Quixote, a musical based on Dale Wasserman's book “Man of La Mancha” will be performed in June. This well known Broadway musical won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Award. The Classic song “The Impossible Dream” is “Man of La Mancha’s” theme song. Tickets cost 60,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 1544-1555.