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McGegan/OAE premiere Sally Beamish’s “Judas Passion”

On September 28, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Beamish’s music called some extraordinary sonorities from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nicholas McGegan, their forces distilled to eleven strings; pairs of flutes, horns and trumpets; […]




McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

On September 25, 2017 |
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Beamish

“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” […]




“Hollywood Bowl veteran McGegan” returns for all-Vivaldi program

On August 11, 2017 |
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McGegan at the Bowl

It’s as reliable as a sunrise: a Nicholas McGegan appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The conductor was at his perennial Bowl gig again Thursday night, and as usual […]




Opera Magazine: Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

On August 3, 2017 |
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Rameau

“The two most notable operatic events of the spring in San Francisco had nothing to do with the San Francisco Opera and both represented a major collaboration between music and […]




McGegan and RNS play “with irresistible spirit” at Proms in Hull

On July 24, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an […]




Making history: first BBC Prom held in Yorkshire in nearly 90 years

On July 22, 2017 |
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McGegan Condcuts

“History was made this afternoon as an orchestra struck up by the riverside in Hull – the first time a Prom has been held outside the capital in nearly 90 […]




McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

On July 15, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan proved adept at catching the spirit of the era even on modern instruments with an all-student orchestra…McGegan and the ensemble were especially sparkly in the two final pieces, a […]




McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

On July 11, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Conducting without a baton, McGegan communicated what was needed with facial expressions, dancelike body movements and graceful hand gestures. No conductor radiates the joy in music quite like McGegan does…” […]




McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

On June 5, 2017 |
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McGegan

“One of the happiest developments over the 20 years I’ve covered the Cliburn has been the FWSO’s vast improvement under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director for the last 16 years. But, […]




Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Review: ASO captivates with 18th-century tunes”

On May 5, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan, who is noted for his expertise in 18th-century music, conducted about two dozen strings in a completely gorgeous, utterly placid recitation of the Mozart composition…Aside from being a masterful […]