Simon Rattle

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10:55 am
Fri January 11, 2013

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Conductor Simon Rattle, who has reportedly told the Berlin Philharmonic he will leave his post there in 2018.
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Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:56 am

  • Simon Rattle announced yesterday to the Berlin Philharmonic that he will be leaving his position there as artistic director and chief conductor in the summer of 2018. Said Rattle, "In 2018 I will have been with the orchestra for 16 years. Before this I was chief conductor in Birmingham for 18 years. In 2018 I will be nearly 64 years old. As a Liverpool boy, it is impossible not to think of the Beatles' question, 'Will you still need me ...
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Creatively Speaking
11:03 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Superstar Conductor Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle, the British-born conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, is one of the best-known classical musicians alive. His influence shows up in all sorts of places: at the Metropolitan Opera, where musicians still speak of his presence there in reverent tones, and in West Philadelphia where his advocacy of Venezuela’s El Sistema helped inspire trumpeter Stanford Thompson to create Play On Philly, a music education program that touches hundreds of lives.

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News & Views
11:30 am
Sat July 28, 2012

The Charismatic Sir Simon Rattle: A Cultural Olympian

Sir Simon Rattle

As the Olympics in London get into full swing, WRTI's Susan Lewis talks with a featured player in the Cultural Olympiad: Sir Simon Rattle, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. The world-renowned conductor shares his thoughts about the nexus between sports and music, his own path to the podium, and his relationship with Philadelphia.

Rattle conducted the London Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in performances featuring the UK premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Symphony No. 3 or "Swing Symphony" as the games began.

Creatively Speaking
11:01 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Conductor Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Earlier this week, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a series of concerts celebrating the opening of the 2012 London Olympics. Rattle conducted a very special performance of the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the opening ceremony, which featured Mr. Bean (British comedian Rowan Atkinson) as a comical, and less than enthusiastic, keyboard soloist.  

Rattle is as passionate about music as any athletic icon is about sports - about its intrinsic value and its ability to change lives.

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