Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos Returns to Conduct Philadelphia Orchestra
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to Philadelphia October 17 for a two-week residency with The Philadelphia Orchestra that includes his 150th performance with the ensemble in the city on October 24.
Frühbeck made his debut with the Orchestra February 14-16, 1969. The concerts marked his United States debut on what was his first American tour. In addition to his many concerts in Philadelphia, he has appeared numerous other times with the Orchestra including his performances at the Mann Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and as recently as last February on a four-city tour of Florida.
"The Philadelphia Orchestra sound is a very beautiful one, no greater one than that. It's a great pleasure and honor to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra," Frühbeck said.
At his debut concerts, Frühbeck led the Orchestra in Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio and Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"), and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat.
During his October residency, Frühbeck conducts the Orchestra in Beethoven's Overture to King Stephen and his Symphony No. 8; Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Lise de la Salle; and Respighi's The Pines of Rome Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19.
In his second week on the podium, he leads the Orchestra in Lalo's Symphone espagnole with violinist Augustin Hadelich; Debussy's La Mer; and Ravel's Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloé Thursday, October 24, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26. The concert on the 24th marks Frühbeck's 150th Philadelphia performance with the Orchestra.
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