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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season, New Composers-In-Residence

Korea Welcomes Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra >>

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music leader Riccardo Muti may not be returning to the Windy City until February, but that doesn't mean he won't be making music with the CSO. It's being reported that the 74-year-old Naples native will be working with his world famous orchestra in Seoul, Korea on January 28 and 29, before heading back to Chicago for a couple of weeks of shows next month.

Kang Choong-mo

Juilliard Teacher Kang Choong-mo Suspended After Alleged Sexual Misconduct >>

The Juilliard School has suspended Korean faculty member Kang Choong-mo after a report of alleged sexual misconduct lead to an internal investigation. Kang claims there was a misunderstanding in the matter.

Hyun-Jung Park

CEO, President of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyun-jung Park, Quits >>

Hyun-jung Park, president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, who was recently accused of sexually harassing and verbally abusing her employees, has announced the she will resign from her post effective immediately. Park made the announcement during a packed press conference, where she addressed her alleged misconduct. "I intend to resign as president of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from today," Park said. ”I am to blame for a large part [of the allegations] and I sincerely apologize for that. Restoring my personal reputation is more important than anything, but I could not bear the abnormal state of the Seoul Phil, which is run on taxpayers's money." Park’s career fell apart when 17 of the Seoul Philharmonic’s employees testified in a petition that she constantly abused them, with one male employee claiming that she had too much to drink at a public dinner gathering and grabbed him by the necktie, attempting to touch his genitals. Three female employees said Park suggested they offer themselves sexually, telling one she would be a good hostess and the other two that they should sit next to important male guests and accommodate their needs.

Myung Whun Chung

[UPDATE] CEO, President of Seoul Philharmonic Accused of Sexual Harassment, Holds Press Conference >>

Tensions continue to rise in Seoul as president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Hyun-jung Park, who was recently accused of sexually harassing and verbally abusing her employees, goes head to head with art director and principle conductor Myung-Whun Chung, who she claims is organizing a coup against her. Park, who held a press conference Friday, Dec. 5, denied allegations and accused Chung of starting a petition for her removal. She shared that there were documents from audits that track the director's unethical activities and listed four different cases of complaints about his conduct. At the press conference, she personally listed cases where she believed Chung had abused his authoritative power. These statements come on the tail of recent allegations made against Park’s unethical behavior. Hyun Jung Park made history when she became the first female president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2013. But 17 of the Seoul Philharmonic’s employees testified in a petition that Park constantly abused them, with one male employee claiming that she had too much to drink at a public dinner gathering and grabbed him by the necktie, attempting to touch his genitals. Three female employees said Park suggested they offer themselves sexually, telling one she would be a good hostess and the other two that they should sit next to important male guests and accommodate their needs. Many employees said she would often swear at them, threaten to deduct money from their paychecks and say things such as, “You should sell your organs to make up for corporate losses.” She has also been accused of unethical hiring and promoting decisions, basing career advancement on connections rather than merit.

Elizabeth Swados

Climate Change Inspires Flood of Creativity from Theater Artists Around the World >>

New York hosts a growing number of theatrical productions from around the world focusing on climate change and the environment.

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