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Rattle takes orchestra on US tour
Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002
British conductor Sir Simon Rattle is to lead his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour of the US.

The orchestra, which last toured the US two years ago under Italian Claudio Abbado, will begin with concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall on 12-14 November.

The coast-to-coast tour will also include appearances at the new Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

The musical programme will include pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Debussy.

Pay conditions

The concerts, which will also be held in Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago, will feature a mixture of classical and modern works.

In September 2002, Sir Simon became the first English conductor to be appointed chief of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

He was previously conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he had worked since 1980.

Even before arriving at the Berlin orchestra, where he replaced Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon secured better pay conditions for the musicians and helped to sort out its financial troubles.

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