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McGegan’s “graceful charm” with Pasadena Symphony

On January 26, 2017 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Under his baton, the Pasadena Symphony bounded through these works with all the sureness of movement and graceful charm of an Olympic gymnast.” — Read more at crescentavalleyweekly.com.




McGegan a “convincing voice” for the Baroque ‘Messiah”

On December 20, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan - Toronto Symphony

“The orchestra, not to be outdone, played with particular focus on the transparency of the sound…Even with our modern-day penchant for the huge, dense explosions of sound that Roy Thomson […]




Philharmonia Baroque Renders a Heroic Joshua

On December 6, 2016 |
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Music Director Nicholas McGegan carried it all off splendidly, with rhythmic command and plenty of high-contrast effects.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.




McGegan conducts ‘Joshua’ with “consummate flair and unflagging rhythmic verve”

On December 2, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“…under McGegan’s inspired direction, the performance emerged as one of the period instrument ensemble’s finest offerings in recent memory…McGegan conducted with consummate flair and unflagging rhythmic verve, and the orchestra […]




McGegan presents “a Handel for the rest of us”

On November 22, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan proved a sprightly, kinetic conductor, bringing out crisp articulations, bouncing rhythms and precise choral articulation (building on Edward Elwyn Jones’s preparation). Without encrustations of tradition to overcome, here was […]




McGegan presents an “enlightening lecture/recital” at Harvard

On November 21, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan presented an enlightening lecture/recital, bringing this fascinating musical period to life via the Yale Voxtet, a group of eight graduate students at the Institute of Sacred Music, and the […]




Rubin Institute Institute prizewinner finds PBO concert “revelatory”

On October 25, 2016 |
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“The 2016 winner of the prize in music criticism is Lucy M. Caplan, 26, unassuming, Harvard undergraduate, magna cum laude, principal violist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra”…Fellows at the symposium attended […]




McGegan, PBO and Levin “Expand Beethoven”

On October 18, 2016 |
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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

“Despite the fire that badly damaged its long-time East Bay home in the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s season-opening concert at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, was a […]




Philharmonia Baroque renders Beethoven’s Sixth in warm, evocative splendor

On October 17, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“On a damp and wet Sunday afternoon at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra continued its 36th season, as Nicholas McGegan conducted Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in F Major […]




Nicholas McGegan brings joy of music to two programs

On October 8, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Along with superb musicianship and an innate feel for the Baroque and Classical compositions in which he specializes, McGegan also brings to the podium a plenitude of energy, as well […]