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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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“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 […]




Financial Times: “The Temple of Glory, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California — a majestic farce”

On May 2, 2017 |
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Rameau

“…music director Nicholas McGegan’s life-long Rameauphilia, and the participation of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, sufficed to inspire the rebirth of a major contribution to the lyric stage…But […]




Mercury News: “Rare satiric Rameau-Voltaire opera beautifully staged”

On April 29, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan conducted with his trademark verve and attention to detail, drawing forceful orchestral responses in the triumphant music and gentle, opulent sound in the pastoral scenes.” — Read more at […]




SF Chronicle: “Temple’ revives the grandeur of the French Baroque”

On April 29, 2017 |
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McGegan-Rameau

“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it […]




McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

On April 14, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and […]




McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

On April 13, 2017 |
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Royal NOrthern Sinfonia

“The rare performance of the oratorio was directed by baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who extracted every ounce of drama from the score, while maintaining a driving momentum to the narrative.” […]




Boston Globe: Playful spirit enlivens Handel and Haydn Society concert

On March 5, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“…from the moment that Nicholas McGegan took the podium to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall Friday night, it was evident that a more playful approach had […]




Mozart and Arriaga with the Handel + Haydn Society

On March 4, 2017 |
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McGegan

“…McGegan stirred the whole ensemble to a double-forte frenzy, which slowly faded as Don Juan descended and disappeared from view, in as clear a musical depiction of damnation as could […]