Join us on Sunday, August 23 at 1 pm for The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI. In this January, 2015 concert, Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra music director from 2003 to 2008, returns to Verizon Hall to lead this all-German program. And the Orchestra’s principal horn Jennifer Montone plays the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1.
With this concert, the Philadelphians concluded a two-year celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth. The great German composer conducted the Orchestra many times during his two trips to America, in 1904 and 1921.
Strauss’s father Franz (also a composer and conductor) was a virtuoso horn player, and principal in the Munich Court Orchestra. The son clearly loved the instrument. This affinity is evident from many passages in his orchestral works (such as the tricky solo at the start of Till Eulenspiegel), and in his two horn concertos.
During intermission, Susan Lewis speaks with Maestro Eschenbach, and Jim Cotter chats with soloist Jennifer Montone.
Concluding the program is Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony in C major.
Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert this Sunday, August 23, from 1 to 3 pm. Don’t miss it!
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Jennifer Montone, horn