Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who suffered a dizzy spell on Friday during a concert in Washington D. C., is under medical care for high fever and symptoms of pneumonia.
Frühbeck, 80, was replaced in Saturday’s repeat concert by National Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.
Ankush writes: Last night I had the privilege of stepping in for Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the National Symphony Orchestra after he was stricken with a high fever. I wish it was under better circumstances, but I wanted to take this moment to wish Maestro a speedy recovery and also give my colleagues at the NSO a heartfelt thank you for their support, musicianship, and kindness last night. It has been an amazing week with Frühbeck, and a truly emotional one as well, which makes me all the more grateful for all the love and positive energy I was feeling from you all during the show. Bravo to the orchestra and also to my new favorite soloists Kelly O’Conner and Daniil Trifonov!