Saturday, March 15, 2014

Frühbeck hangs on

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the veteran Spanish conductor, nearly collapses toward the end of a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, but hangs on to complete Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

No word yet on what exactly happened, but the NSO says the 80-year-old Frühbeck intends to lead tonight’s concert as scheduled, Philip Kennicott reports in The Washington Post:

UPDATE (March 18): Norman Lebrecht reports that NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl stepped in on March 15 for Frühbeck, who showed symptoms of pneumonia: