Internationally renowned conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, a favorite of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, has announced his retirement due to a battle with cancer, according to media reports.
Mr. Fruhbeck, 80, had been booked for PSO concerts in October. The orchestra does not yet know who will replace him, said Joyce DeFrancesco, director of media relations. Since 1972, the Spanish conductor has led the PSO in more than 20 subscription weekends going back to the symphony’s first season in Heinz Hall. He also has conducted the orchestra on two international concert tours. His last performance with the PSO was in November. At that time, in celebration of his 80th birthday, PSO musicians gave him a signed book containing programs from the concerts he had led here.
—Elizabeth Bloom, Post-Gazette