Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / December 21, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY SEVERS TIES WITH CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Symphony has severed all ties with Charles Dutoit in response to allegations of sexual misconduct that have been brought against the conductor. This decision is the result of the serious nature of the allegations, internal and external discussions, and the San Francisco Symphony’s strong commitment to a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment in the workplace.
Charles Dutoit was scheduled to conduct the San Francisco Symphony in two weeks of concerts in April, including a program of music by Debussy and Ravel, and a program including Holst’s The Planets. A new conductor for these concerts will be announced at a later date. Dutoit was also scheduled to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in January as a part of the Orchestra’s Great Performers Series. He will not be appearing in Davies Symphony Hall for these concerts.
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