Wednesday 21 November, 2018

San Francisco Symphony severs ties with Dutoit

 In this June 19, 2003 file photo, conductor Charles Dutoit performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan.

In this June 19, 2003 file photo, conductor Charles Dutoit performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan.

The San Francisco Symphony is the latest organization to sever ties with conductor Charles Dutoit in response to sexual misconduct allegations reported by The Associated Press.

The symphony said in a statement that the "serious nature" of the allegations as well as the symphony's "strong commitment to a zero tolerance policy" for sexual harassment in the workplace contributed to its decision.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said earlier Thursday it is cutting ties with Dutoit, a guest conductor. It cited "extremely troubling" sexual misconduct allegations.

Dutoit was scheduled to conduct the San Francisco Symphony for two weeks of concerts in April.