Wednesday (10/28) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng writes, “The classical music world is known for planning concerts and events years in advance. But the Berlin Philharmonic takes the cake today with its announcement that it has secured Simon Rattle’s tenure as head of the orchestra for another nine years. The orchestra said Wednesday that Rattle has signed a contract to continue in his role as artistic director through 2018, according to a report in the Associated Press. The British conductor has led the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002. … The Berlin Philharmonic is scheduled to perform two concerts in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Nov. 23 and 24. Rattle will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes Wagner’s Overture to ‘Der Meistersinger,’ Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.” Rattle announced his intention to extend his tenure back in April.

Posted October 29, 2009