Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos died June 10th at his home in Pamplona, Spain. He was 80 years old.
Just last week he announced that he would retire from all conducting activities due to his battle with cancer. Recent positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic from 2004 to 2011 and chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra for the last two seasons.
This Sunday at 1 pm, from a concert at the end of October, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to conclude his two-week residency, with a French afternoon of exotic, colorful music - Ravel’s Second Suite from his ballet Daphnis and Chloé, Debussy’s colorful images of a musical seascape in his most-famous work, La Mer, and showcasing German violinist Augustin Hadelich, making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in Lalo’s exuberant Symphonie espagnole.
WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, December 1st at 1 pm brings you a Verizon Hall concert from mid October, that saw the return to the podium of perennial audience favorite Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who made his Philadelphia Orchestra (and United States) debut in 1969. The Maestro kicks off a two-week residency, the second week of which includes his 150th performance with the Orchestra here in Philadelphia.
Ludwig van Beethoven, born in 1770, continues to be explored and rediscovered. As Susan Lewis reports, on WRTI’s concert broadcast on Sunday, December 1st, 2013, The Philadelphia Orchestra will play a rarely heard overture from 1811, and Beethoven’s 8th symphony, composed the following year. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducts.
This Sunday on WRTI, Carl Orff's iconic Carmina burana headlines a program that also features The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Trumpet David Bilger in a performance of Hummel's beloved Trumpet Concerto, as well as Haydn's rarely performed Symphony No. 1. Sunday, March 17, 2 to 4 pm.
Guest Conductor Rafael Fruehbeck de Bourgos, who knew Carl Orff and gave the first performance of Carmina burana in Spain, will direct The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Singers, the American Boychoir, and soloists in this authoritative performance from February at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall.
Orff's raucous retelling of 24 medieval poems praises springtime, love, lust, and fortune. It requires a huge orchestra and a chorus singing a mix of old languages. The riveting choral refrains of "O Fortuna" open and close Carmina burana. While many sections of this iconic work have been re-used in movies and commercials, nothing equals the power when you hear this live, in its entirety.
PROGRAM: HAYDN: Symphony No. 1 in D major I. Presto II. Andante III. Finale: Presto
HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E major I. Allegro con spirito II. Andante III. Rondo
Intermission, featuring a conversation with Maestro Fruehbeck
ORFF: Carmina burana Erin Morley: Soprano Nicholas Phan: Tenor Hugh Russell: Baritone The Philadelphia Singers Chorale David Hayes, Music Director The American Boychoir Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Music Director
This Sunday on WRTI, listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in a recorded program of music spanning 200 years, as the eminent Spanish conductor Rafael Fruehbeck de Borgos conducts a Stokowski Bach transcription, Philadelphia favorite André Watts performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, and Liszt’s Les Preludes gets its first performance by the Philadelphians in 16 years!
We’ll also hear Paul Hindemith’s festive and pleasant Concert Music For Strings and Brass from a concert in early February.
Join host Gregg Whiteside on Sunday, March 10, from*1 to 3 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert, from The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall – *one hour earlier than usual – on WRTI 90.1 FM and the All-Classical stream at wrti.org.
Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
Susan Lewis takes us to the Golden Age, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.
Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.