2 weeks quarantine, and then no concert

2 weeks quarantine, and then no concert


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2020

There’s Osmo Vänskä sitting in Seoul after 14 days quarantine with all this week’s concerts cancelled.

But he’s not alone.

Christoph Poppen flew out to conduct two concerts, served his 14 days, then found last night’s date cancelled. Both are HP artists so they’ll have plenty to compare.

It’s tough out there.



  • fflambeau says:

    South Korea is tough on covid.

  • Karl says:

    I was just reading how they’ve had an outbreak in Korea after members of a church attended a political demonstration. They should have just had a BLM demonstration. Those are allowed here in the US because they don’t spread covid the way religion does. I’ve got an idea. Can we have concerts as long as we wear BLM shirts?

    • R. Brite says:

      Yes, on the understanding that you wear the shirt over your mouth and nose.

    • James says:

      Fact Check: There has been little to no clear evidence that outdoor protests have caused spikes in COVID in any American city.

      • Karl says:

        The anti-government rallies in Seoul were outdoors. And Fauci said it’s a bad idea. At least he said that when it was Trump at Mt Rushmore.

        • Westfan says:

          A lot of the events like the MT Rushmore rally, full of MAGA hat wearing Trumpy fans, tend to be full of non-mask wearers. The governor herself did not even encourage wearing a mask. They complain about the intrusion on their “freedom” and similar nonsense. Fauci was cautioning everyone, but if you refuse to put on a mask in an outdoor event sitting close to others, you are pushing your luck. Most of the BLM protests where I live were full of mask wearers. And we have had no spike in infections with those people. Don’t know about Korea but perhaps it was at the church event where the infection started. Indoors? With masks or not? That is the question.