We’re hearing that April’s Seoul Philharmonic US tour with music director Myung Whun Chung has been scrapped amid continuing media and political assaults. We understand that Ms Park, the CEO sacked for sexual harrassment, told members of the city council that the tour was ‘unnecessary’ and ‘a waste of public money’. She also alleged that a UK-based agency, AskonasHolt, would make a fortune on the tour.
Wednesday’s police raid on the orchestra was, it has become clear, an attempt by Ms Park, a member of a powerful local dynasty, ‘to secure materials that may help establish the identification of the person who sent out an email’ about her harassment. Chung has been threatened with prosecution in manipulated sections of the press, but he has not been interviewed by police on any count of wrongdoing.
Meantime, 68 of 100 musicians in the KBS broadcasting orchestra have refused to sign a new contract. KBS has hived the orch off to an independent contractor and the players face loss of tenure and pension.
Maybe they should try out a new Korean pianist?