“In an airy practice room atop Carnegie Hall recently, Simon Rattle, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, was leading a rehearsal” of Carnegie’s fellowship program Ensemble Connect, writes Michael Cooper in Monday’s (11/7) New York Times. “It was a snapshot of a remarkable autumn in which Mr. Rattle has, to no small extent, defined New York’s classical music scene. He has [conducted the Metropolitan Opera’s] acclaimed production of Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ and [led] Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler’s grandly despairing Sixth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.… He returns to Carnegie on Wednesday and Thursday to conduct what he expects will be his last New York concerts with the revered Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Rattle … will step down in 2018, shortly after he takes up his new post as the music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.… Mr. Rattle … has the intriguing distinction of being one of the most beloved conductors in the United States who has never led an American orchestra.” The Berlin Philharmonic’s U.S. tour this month includes dates in Boston, Ann Arbor (MI), Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Costa Mesa, California. 

Posted November 7, 2016