(Philadelphia, December 22, 2017)—Effective immediately, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has discontinued its affiliation with Charles Dutoit and removed his honorary title of Conductor Laureate. The Association does not tolerate harassment of any kind and is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and respectful work environment. We encourage anyone in our organization who has experienced inappropriate conduct of any type to come forward, and we will respond with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.
Earlier, former Philadelphia Orchestra president Joe Kluger told AP that Dutoit’s ‘extremely flirtatious’ reputation was a factor in causing the organization to pass him over twice for the job of music director.
He said: ‘I do recall telling our staff to be wary around him and encouraged them to report any inappropriate behavior immediately.’