For much of the past week, musicians of the Seoul Pilharmonic Orchestra have been wondering how to respond to the cancellation of the US tour and the media vilification launched against their music director, Myung Whun Chung, by their ousted CEO.
Some players urged their colleagues to keep their heads down and say nothing. But bolder spirits have prevailed and this morning the orchestra issued a declaration of support for Chung (who has been out of the country while this was going on), citing the huge advances they have made under his leadership on the world stage, on DG recordings and at the BBC Proms.
The statement may be too little, too late.
We hear the city council is looking for a new conductor.
Declaration here (in Korean).