Press Release:


Press Release:

Friday, 13 March, 2015

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), scheduled to perform on April 21, 2015, at Benaroya Hall, has regrettably canceled their upcoming international tour.

Seattle – The orchestra cited a recent and significant cut in tour funding from the City of Seoul. The SPO, which is heavily subsidized by the City of Seoul, has failed to secure sufficient financial support from alternative sources and has therefore made the decision not to proceed with the tour.

The Seoul Philharmonic, led by Myung-Whun Chung, was to have performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” with pianist Sunwook Kim, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Maestro Chung stated, “On behalf of my musician colleagues at the SPO, I am deeply saddened that the tour to the U.S. has been canceled. This is due to financial reasons entirely beyond our control.”

The Seattle Symphony is contacting all ticketholders to the April 21 performance. Ticketholders have several options:

They may exchange tickets into another performance at or by calling the ticket office at 206.215.4747. (A program also featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms will be performed by the Seattle Symphony on June 11, 13 and 14, under Ludovic Morlot.)

Donate the tickets back to the Seattle Symphony and receive a donation receipt. Patrons should call 206.215.4747.

Request a refund in the form of original payment by calling 206.215.4747.

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