Joseph Eger, 92; horn player started Symphony for UN

Mr. Eger was one of very few French horn players to have enjoyed a solo career.

New York Times/file 1956

Mr. Eger was one of very few French horn players to have enjoyed a solo career.

NEW YORK — Joseph Eger — a French horn player, conductor, and advocate for progressive causes whose work sought to promote harmony in both senses of the word — died Jan. 13 at his home in ­Durham, N.C. He was 92.

His wife, Dorita Beh-Eger, confirmed the death.


A distinguished horn soloist in the mid-20th century, Mr. Eger later turned to conducting; in the 1960s he served under Leopold Stokowski as an associate conductor of the American Symphony ­Orchestra.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Mr. Eger founded several groups designed to conscript music and the other arts in the service of social change. The best known of these, Symphony for United Nations, a nongovernmental organization associated with the United Nations, was established in New York in 1974.

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