Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performance

Back in February, I discovered that the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was coming to Seoul to do a series of Beethoven’s symphonies. I admit, I’d never heard of this orchestra; instead I was far more interested in the fact that I had a chance to hear “Symphony No. 7” LIVE, along with Symphony No. 6“. “Symphony No. 7” is my absolute favourite symphony by Beethoven, and the only symphony where I like all of the movements. So by getting the chance to hear this live by a professional orchestra, it was something I couldn’t turn down, and it was another thing to scratch off my imaginary bucket list.

Seoul Arts Centre

The concert was being held at Seoul Arts Centre, and I got there about an hour early. I killed time by getting some overly expensive and disgusting coffee, and I went around to take some photos. This building is supposed to resemble a Korean gat, and it’s one of the coolest building ever.

Seoul Arts Centre Concert Hall

This building, on the other hand, looks absolutely boring. However, it’s a very important building since this has the Concert Hall, where the performance was taking place.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Seoul Arts Centre

One of the concert “posters” around the facility. They were also selling programmes for 5,000 won, but they didn’t have any in English ~_~; That was fairly disappointing, but in hindsight, I did save 5,000 won!

Ticket to Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performance at Seoul Arts Centre

This was my ticket, and it cost me a whopping 232,000 KRW or $215 USD. True, I could have gotten a cheaper ticket, but if I remember correctly, almost all the cheaper tickets were sold out. Also, I did want to be in a spot where I could still see the orchestra! Plus, I figured I only go to these expensive concerts once a year at most, so this was a worthy splurge

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performance at Seoul Arts Centre

Lastly, here’s a crappy photo of the orchestra themselves. Bad photo aside, the concert was excellent. Granted, “Symphony No. 6” nearly put me to sleep in the first couple of movements, and I kind of felt bad for the timpani player who didn’t get to do anything until the middle of that symphony. I ended up liking the second half of that symphony. When that was done, we had a fifteen-minute intermission, and then it was time for “Symphony No. 7”. HOMG. It was worth it. It was a phenomenal performance, and I really had a blast listening and watching them perform. They so deserve the standing ovation at the end, and asklfljsldjflksdf. Really, that was a fabulous experience. Nothing beats live classical concerts!


  1. Sounds like an amazing experience! I am so happy you managed to catch it. Hearing an orchestra play it live must be so divine! :D

  2. Woooow, I live in the Netherlands and I haven’t even ever seen this guys. O: Glad you enjoyed it so much though, I’ll be sure to put it on my bucket list. ;) Too bad they were so expensive though.

  3. AnneMarie on

    It’s been awhile since I’ve watched an orchestra but what an experience this looks like! And honestly, if classical music puts you to sleep, that says something about the soothing quality of the music. There’s nothing wrong with that at all (in my opinion).

    By the way, I just realized you’re a Korean-American living in Korea! Is that permanent or are you on a study abroad trip of some sort right now?

  4. Michelle on

    You are right. Nothing beats live anything. The only orchestra thing I’ve been to, was Distant Worlds and I loved the hell out of it. That’s great you had an awesome experience! You know what? Beethoven isn’t my favorite composer, that title belongs to Mozart. What do you think of him?

    • Distant Worlds is awesome. I went to it twice!

      And I never said Beethoven was my favourite composer — just that Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven is my favourite symphony. I adore Mozart, too. I think my favourite composers are: J.S. Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. But that can easily change XD;

  5. Oh wow that’s so cool! I’m glad you enjoyed hearing one of your faves and that the orchestra did it justice! It must’ve been amazing hearing it performed live and well!

    Also, that building is cool haha. I’m always a fan of buildings shaped like things (like the durian shaped Esplanade in Singapore).

  6. I’m glad you were able to hear your favorite Beethoven symphony live! I agree that nothing beats live concerts, even non-classical ones. Sounds like it was a great concert!

  7. This sounds like it must have been marvellous. Makes me want to go see Classical music live (which I really should do soon).

  8. Oh wow. I’ve always been a fan of classical music and I haven’t seen a classical concert in so long, so I was so glad to see your post :) Beethoven’s creations are wonderful and I can just imagine how beautiful the whole thing sounded when it was performed live :)

  9. I like how you can sit and enjoy through these performances! I’ve been some orchestra performances before but never to one that played any Beethoven’s pieces. I know they’re really good, sooooo maybe I should consider looking into what the LA Philharmonic is playing in the future! The building looks like it’s optimized for the best sound-traveling quality. I forgot that sound bounces off walls, so there must be some of that sound-wave physics involved!

    Your ticket is expensive, but I’m sure it’s totally worth it!! I usually feel bad for Timpani players but normally they would be multitasking through different percussion instruments. Hopefully he didn’t fall asleep ;)

  10. I think the $215 is totally worth it! I’ve been to a few classical concerts, and I’ve enjoyed them a lot. :D

  11. That is so wonderful that you enjoyed it and where able to hear it live. :D Even though the ticket might have been expensive, it’s not something you get to do all the time, so totally worth it!

  12. Crystal on

    I’ve defiantly spent that kind of money in less awesome ways. XD Very neat that you got that experience, and that it was good.

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