Latest News

SFCV: “A Passion Play for Judas”

On September 12, 2017 |
0
Comments
Nicholas McGegan

“The Judas Passion is part of Philharmonia Baroque’s new initiative that brings Baroque music into the 21st century — or is that vice versa? Launched this month, New Music for Old Instruments pairs today’s composers with yesterday’s instruments, both refreshing the repertoire for historically informed performers and audiences, and providing contemporary composers with a rich new/old palette of instrumental colors.”

— Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Le Temple de la Gloire received 2 awards from Best of Bay ’16 – ’17!

On August 31, 2017 |
0
Comments
Rameau

Nic and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s Le Temple de la Gloire has won the “Best Opera Performance” and “Best Dance Performance” categories of San Francisco Classical Voice‘s Best of the Bay 2016 – 2017!

Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice

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

On August 11, 2017 |
0
Comments
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 McGegan’s agenda was locked into the 18th century — all Vivaldi this time.

— Read more at latimes.com.

Opera Magazine: Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

On August 3, 2017 |
0
Comments
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 dance. In Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall (April 28), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cal Performances collaborated on the first modern production of the original 1745 version of Rameau’s opera-ballet Le Temple de ia Gloire, and it proved an utter delight.”

— Read more in the August 2017 issue of Opera.

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

On July 24, 2017 |
0
Comments
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 off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.”

— Read more at The Times.

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

On July 22, 2017 |
0
Comments
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 years.

The Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, opened with Telemann’s Water Music Overture followed by Delius’s Summer Night on the River as hundreds looked on.”

— Read more at The Yorkshire Post.

Interview: “300 Years Of Handel’s ‘Water Music,’ With A Splash Of Politics”

On July 17, 2017 |
0
Comments
A portrait of George Frideric Handel, presenting his Water Music to King George I. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

“McGegan is marking the 300th anniversary of Water Music by conducting the piece at a dry dock in Hull, England, later this week. The political intrigue behind the music is no surprise.”

— Read more at npr.org.

Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

McGegan “catching the spirit of an era” at Aspen

On July 15, 2017 |
0
Comments
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 short selection from Handel’s “Water Music” and a colorful dip into a suite from Purcell’s Faerie Queen.”

— Read more at The Aspen Times.

McGegan “radiates the joy” at Aspen

On July 11, 2017 |
0
Comments
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…”

— Read more at aspentimes.com.

McGegan leads Mozart at the Van Cliburn Competition

On June 5, 2017 |
0
Comments
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, given the orchestra’s relatively little experience in 18th-century style, it was a great idea to book a specialist, Nicholas McGegan, to conduct this round.

Sure enough, he cultivated stylishly buoyant and smartly nuanced playing, but without shortchanging drama from the same composer as Don Giovanni. One hoped the young pianists were picking up stylistic ideas.”

— Read more at dallasnews.com.

Photo: Pianist Dasol Kim took a bow with conductor Nicholas McGegan after performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the Semifinal Round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Saturday. (Ralph Lauer/Van Cliburn)