To Honor Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Houston Symphony and Musicians Offer Concert Broadcast and Audio Stream
The Houston Symphony and its musicians honor the life of renowned conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos by offering fans free access to an audio stream of the Houston Symphony's April 2011 performance with Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos. The program, which includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, is available at houstonsymphony.org/audiostream and through the Houston Symphony's mobile application now through July 9.
The musicians of the Houston Symphony granted special permission to make this concert broadcast audio stream possible. Generous support was also provided by the American Federation of Musicians, Local AF of M 65-669 and by the Symphony's radio partner, Houston Public Media's Classical 91.7, who originally recorded the concert and offered permission to stream.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos died on June 11, 2014, a week after announcing he would retire due to a cancer diagnosis. At the time of his death, he was Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and a beloved guest conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony and many others. He was 80 years old.
"Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos was a brilliant and inspiring conductor. My fellow musicians and I will fondly remember the time we spent making music with him. We are so proud of the work we have done together; it is our honor to share this performance as a tribute to his memory" said English Horn player Adam Dinitz, chair of the Musicians' Committee of the orchestra.
In March 2014, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was scheduled to conduct the Houston Symphony's performance of Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Beethoven's Mass in C Major, but had to withdraw his involvement due to poor health. The performance continued as planned with conductor Courtney Lewis as his replacement.