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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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“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 Hall was acoustically built for, McGegan has become a serious and convincing voice for the baroque approach to Messiah…In a sentence, this year’s TSO Messiah was about the collective soloists, orchestra, choir, and one conductor, McGegan, with the vision to put them all together — just so.”

— Read more at Musical Toronto.

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 responded with a forceful, fully committed performance ”

— Read more at The Mercury News.

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 Handel for the rest of us.”

— Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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 excellent Philharmonic Baroque Chamber Players, comprising violinists Katherine Kyme and Noah Strick, cellist Phoebe Carrai, and theorbist David Tayler.”

— Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.

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 four performances and wrote a review of each. Students were then split into three groups, each with two critics who focused discussion on one student’s review.

Performances included the International Contemporary Ensemble playing Arthur Kampela’s No. I; the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performing an all-Beethoven program; the San Francisco Symphony playing Mozart, Schumann, and Dvorak; and finally, The San Francisco Opera production of Janacek’s The Makropulos Case.”

Read the full article about the prizewinners at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Read Ms. Caplan’s review here or see below.

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 festive, triumphant affair…Combined with nonferrous strings, the tone, full of warmth but without gratuitous voluptuousness, matched the disciplined direction that conductor Nicholas McGegan took.”

— Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice

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 and Robert Levin performed the Concerto for Fortepiano No. 3 in C minor…Opening at a brisk tempo, McGegan wove together the movements beautifully and rendered a dramatic and powerful account of the Allegro ma non troppo.”

— Read more at Mercury News

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 as a sense of true joy in the music as he and his instrumentalist colleagues bring it to life….McGegan, whose sense of humor shone forth brightly, offered witty and informative spoken program notes on the musical selections and was a delight to watch as he conducted.”

— Read more at stltoday.com.