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London Symphony, Simon Rattle Work With California Students

Conductor Simon Rattle speaks after receiving the The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany during a reception at Bellevue palace in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 8, 2022. Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are on a California tour aimed at working with music students at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
Conductor Simon Rattle speaks after receiving the The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany during a reception at Bellevue palace in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 8, 2022. Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra are on a California tour aimed at working with music students at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

(AP) -- Simon Rattle was getting ready to leave Europe for the first time since the start of the pandemic and head to California with the London Symphony Orchestra for a residency with students at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

“It’s kind of a miracle that it’s happening,” he said.