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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.

Conductor Nicholas McGegan brings all-Mozart program to SLSO

On October 1, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Nicholas McGegan, universally known as “Nic,” is one of the most delightful conductors ever to grace a podium. He’ll be in town next weekend for an all-Mozart program with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra — and at the Sheldon Concert Hall, where he’ll lead the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis in a concert called “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it.”

— Read more at stltoday.com.

“Spring’s bounty blooms at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall”

On August 26, 2016 |
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Tanglewood

“As in their previous Tanglewood appearances, McGegan had his period-instrument orchestra playing with impressive unanimity and spirit.”

– Read more at berkshireeagle.com.
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“Nicholas McGegan brings Handel and heart to the Hollywood Bowl”

On August 18, 2016 |
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LA Times

“At the Hollywood Bowl, parts of August and early September have been called the summer doldrums by some — and they can be right. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has hit on one perennial plan to keep the blahs away for at least a week: having Nicholas McGegan on the podium to conduct his 18th century specialties…That did the trick on Tuesday night, when McGegan led an all-Handel evening, an accumulation of orchestral greatest hits, high-powered choral workouts and ornate showcase arias for a star diva”

– Read more at LATimes.com.

McGegan and Graham bring Handel favorites to The Bowl

On August 17, 2016 |
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Susan Graham

“McGegan and the Los Angeles Philharmonic accompanied Graham sensitively…The ebullient McGegan surrounded Graham with several well-known Handel works, taking full advantage of 79 voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the opening work, Zadok the Priest (aka Celebration Anthem No. 1).”

– Read more at insidesocal.com/classact
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McGegan and Cleveland Orchestra offer “scintillating mix of Classical and modern”

On August 8, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“McGegan kept the tension in dramatic moments pitched high, and there was an almost Romantic forcefulness to his interpretation of this otherwise Classical score…McGegan’s idiosyncratic podium style, without baton and highly expressive, worked well to vivify the well-loved music.”

— Read more at Cleveland.com.

McGegan featured on Performance Today – August 5, 2016

On August 5, 2016 |
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Performance Today

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Keyboard concerto in B minor, Wq 30
Robert Levin, harpsichord; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor
First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA

The interview with Nic, begins on Hour 2, 14:27

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