The orchestra’s chief executive, Heung-sik Choe, has abruptly resigned.
Local reports indicated that Choe, 65, is about to be named head of the national Financial Supervisory Service, in a breach with tradition that gives the key clean-hands job to a veteran public servant.
Choe, a former university professor linked to the disgraced Park regime, was an unsatisfactory chief of the orchestra. He undermined the return of its former music director Myung Whun Chung and threatened players with demotion or dismissal if they joined Chung’s new One Korea orchestra.
Few will weep to see him go.