Myung-Whun Chung

Artistic Director Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra have cancelled their entire US tour scheduled for April 14-24 with seven concerts in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Davis, San Francisco, Seattle, Ann Arbor, and Chicago. The cancellation is due to a recent and significant cut in tour funding from the City of Seoul. The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, which is heavily subsidized by the City of Seoul, has failed to secure sufficient financial support from alternative sources and has made the decision not to proceed with the tour.

This cancellation is an indirect consequence of the resignation of the former CEO of the Orchestra, Park Hyun-Jung. Park resigned over allegations that she harassed SPO employees sexually and verbally after taking office in February, 2013. Now, coming from a politically influent family, she obviously wants to harm the orchestra by all possible means.

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