In the land of nut rage, the orchestra is now at riskmain
Remember the scion of a ruling family who caused a Korea Air jet to turn back because she didn’t like the nuts she was served?
A similar saga is now playing out at the Seoul Philharmonic.
The orchestra’s offices were raided by police today on the orders of the former CEO, a member of another of the ruling dynasties who was forced to resign after being accused of sexual harrassment and bullying. Ms Park swore she would not go quietly.
First, she mobilised media connections to broadcast a TV hatchet-job ‘documentary’ on the orchestra and its music director, Myung Whun Chung.
Now she has used government friends to send police into the orchestra’s offices in search of documents that might in some way incriminate her accusers.
Ms Park will not desist until the orchestra is brought to its knees.
Over the past few years, the Seoul Philharmonic has earned world rank, a DG recording contract and widespread admiration. Ms Park wants to destroy these national gains in pursuit of personal vengeance. Large sections of Korea’s family-owned media are cheering her on.
She may well succeed.