You Choose the Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor

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Thursday night, WQXR broadcasts the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by its new Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, live from Carnegie Hall.

To get ready for that performance, this week's Showdown took a look back at the orchestra’s four most recent music directors: Christoph Eschenbach (2003-2008), Wolfgang Sawallisch (1993-2003), Riccardo Muti (1980-1992), and Eugene Ormandy (1936-1980).

There are either some serious Eschenbach fans or pipe organ fans — or both — out there because the majority of you voted for Eschenbach leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, "Organ." We played it at noon.