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Sir Simon Rattle on Charlie Rose tonight, Dec. 16

Sir Simon Rattle, who makes his long-awaited Metropolitan Opera debut tomorrow conducting Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, is interviewed tonight on Charlie Rose (11 PM EST; check local listings).
On the program, Rattle discusses the art of conducting (naming the person whom he regards as “the greatest of all” amongst his peers), his Met debut (five performances of Pelléas through January 1), and his new recording of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  The release, which is currently number 4 on Billboard’s classical best-seller chart, celebrates Rattle’s 30th anniversary as an exclusive EMI Classics artist. 
While in New York, Rattle will also conduct the young musicians of Ensemble ACJW and violinist Christian Tetzlaff in a program of Ligeti, Richard Strauss, and Rameau at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall (Dec 19).
Sir Simon Rattle recently discussed his new Nutcracker with the Wall Street Journal’s Pia Catton.  The print interview can be read here:  The video interview can be viewed here:
Sir Simon Rattle: Upcoming performances in New York
December 17, 2010 – January 1, 2011
Metropolitan Opera (debut)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
December 19, 2010
Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)
Ensemble ACJW, with soloist Christian Tetzlaff
Ligeti: Violin Concerto
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo strings
Rameau: Suite from Les Boréades
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre (with soprano Barbara Hannigan)
Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group: (212) 625-2038, [email protected]
Jan Lee, EMI Classics: (212) 786-8963, [email protected]

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