January 08, 2015
"Horn Concerto No. 1" also will feature Philadelphia Orchestra principal horn Jennifer Montone as a soloist. Montone told PhillyVoice.com that "Strauss's first horn concerto is a sweet, joyous, fun, exciting, vibrant, young, very accessible piece which makes it a lovely end to any celebration of this gorgeous composer."
Montone began playing the horn at 10 years old, eventually playing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony before winning her illustrious position with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006. Working with the Orchestra, Montone said, "is the greatest honor and privilege of my life."
Just like the Orchestra's fans, Montone is ready for Eschenbach's return, too.
"I love working with Maestro Eschenbach, and I'm so excited to get to collaborate with him as a soloist," she said.
Welcome back, maestro!