Just in: Seoul cancels concerts after single Covid case

Just in: Seoul cancels concerts after single Covid case


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2020

The Seoul Philharmonic has cancelled several concerts after one musician tested positive with Covid-19.

It is understood the musicians had been teaching a high-school student who was part of a recent church cluster of cases.

The orchestra immediately called off its weekend concerts and shut its offices for sanitisation.

Next weekend’s concerts may also have to go, which is a shame for music director Osmo Vanska, who has just emerged from two weeks’ enforced quarantine on arrival.



  • V. Lind says:

    It’s all too bad, but safety does come ahead of music. South Korea has had problems before. They are just being responsible, and I am sure Vanska would agree.

  • Ted says:

    maestro Vanska conducted the last public concert of the Israel Philharmonic.A great concert.

  • I have seen that the concerts continued in Korea during the last weeks with a lot of people. Yeol Eum Son managed to organize her festival and gave concerts in PyeongChang.

  • Alexander Graham Cracker says:

    Somewhere within any large city’s walls, there will likely be at least one case of this virus–or of a virus near enough to be mistaken for it–at any given moment. By insisting on total eradication, we condemn ourselves to perpetual inactivity, the likes of which we have not only never seen but also never dreamed of.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Completely agree. I was only saying to spouse this morning “there will be quite a few young people who’ll develop symptoms and not go to a doctor, but continue working; they won’t be ‘registered’ as having Covid-19”. What should we do about that? Should we even care? Nothing, and no.

      When the money runs out people will have much more to complain about than a coronavirus.

    • William Safford says:

      The problem is that most countries have *not* insisted on total eradication. They allowed this virus to infiltrate their populations. For every New Zealand, there is a Brazil, or a United States.

      We are now paying the price, including well over 150,000 dead in the United States from COVID-19.

      • Doctor Robert says:

        So what? 150,000 dead in a country of 330,000,000 is one in 2000. That’s not even an epidemic. We know who is at risk and how to protect them. Society needs to function.

  • Doug says:

    Pure hysteria.

    hysteria (n.)
    nervous disease, 1801, coined in medical Latin as an abstract noun from Greek hystera “womb,” from PIE *udtero-, variant of *udero- “abdomen, womb, stomach” (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. With abstract noun ending -ia. General sense of “unhealthy emotion or excitement” is by 1839.

    Welcome to the Matriarchy.

  • John Rook says:

    Pathetic hysteria. Bye-bye classical music if this stupidity continues.

  • Nasty Woman says:

    Get laid much, Doug?

    Oh, by the way, countries run by women did WAY better with the Covid19 crisis than the ones with men at the helm. Do you know why? It’s the same reason women are traditionally the ones who raise and educate children. They’ve been socialized to care for others, rather than just destroy and grab everything for themselves.

  • True North says:

    Welcome to the Idiocracy over here, more like.

  • fflambeau says:

    Smart and it is way to early to be holding concerts now, unfortunately.