The Seoul Philharmonic had been planning to reopen next week with Mahler 2nd, conducted by incoming music director Osmo Vänskä.
All 95 players were supposed to be tested for COVID-19 before rehearsals and Vänskä went into self-quarantine on arrival.
Tonight, however, the orchestra cancelled the event due to ‘the increase of infections linked to Itaewon (night) clubs’.
Too much, too soon.
And one unnecessary quarantine.