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Eschenbach Returns, Montone Plays Strauss: The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, August 23, at 1 PM

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.

Christoph Eschenbach backstage with WRTI's Susan Lewis

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.

Listen to Jim Cotter's interview with Philadelphia Orchestra principle horn, Jennifer Montone.

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!

Detailed Program Notes from The Philadelphia Orchestra's website

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1

Intermission interviews

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Jennifer Montone, horn

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.