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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!