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Conductor 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.

WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles the iconic British music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, who has had a more than a 15-year-long relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.