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Conductor Nicholas McGegan seeks adventure through music — and food

On July 6, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Being serenaded while you have a picnic is a tradition that goes back centuries. Classical music adds to the atmosphere and to the sense of occasion. It’s great for younger audiences who don’t want to sit bolt upright in a chair and be totally silent, like, “You will listen to this and have a miserable time. Put them outside on a blanket, give them an ice cream, and listen to the music.”

Interview by Amanda Rae. Read more at issuu.com.

Music review: Sarasota Music Festival closing weekend

On June 26, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“The wonderful conductor Nicholas McGegan led the Festival Orchestra, which featured this seasons’ enormously talented students, and he opened the evening with Vivaldi’s F Major Concerto — a great choice since it gives both section leaders and sections an opportunity to strut their stuff.”

– Read more at yourobserver.com.

Another milestone as 2016 Sarasota Music Festival closes

On June 26, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“The Sarasota Music Festival is better than ever and Saturday’s finale concert was one of the finest ever heard here…the evening immediately took on a celebratory atmosphere as led by conductor Nicholas McGegan, who used a choreographic technique uniquely his own to elicit the requisite rhythmic bounce and precision from the Festival Orchestra.”

– Read more at ticket.heraldtribune.com.

McGegan conducts Sarasota Music Festival finale

On June 20, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

Celebrated conductor Nic McGegan, who has been musical director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco for 30 years, knows it’s a lot more than just waving your arms around, and the real work in creating a performance happens in rehearsal. “It’s a bit like being a stage director, in a sense,” he said. “You have to cook up the performance. You have all these ingredients in the kitchen, and the conductor has to say, ‘I think that could make a very nice thing.”

– Read more at ticket.heraldtribune.com.

La Gloria di Primavera: Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice

On June 17, 2016 |
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La Gloria di primavera

“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisations are impeccably shaded. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.”

– Read more at gramophone.co.uk.

Arts Desk: CBSO, McGegan, Symphony Hall Birmingham

On June 2, 2016 |
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The Arts Desk

“He opened Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor overture with a radiant sweep of sound, drawing the string tone up from the basses with a batonless wave of the hand, then bouncing up and down like he was mounted on springs as the Allegro hurtled away.”

– Richard Bratby, The Arts Desk

Washington Post: McGegan’s “transcendent” performance with Baltimore

On May 27, 2016 |
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The Washingotn Post

“On Thursday at Strathmore, Nicholas McGegan led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance that was, like the work, both hybrid and personal, with a sense of the homemade, the intimate, the human, and the transcendent, particularly in the inspired playing of the reduced but ardent orchestra.”

– Read more at washingtonpost.com.

After 300 years, Scarlatti’s ‘La Gloria’ arrives in So Cal, courtesy of the Philharmonia Baroque

On May 12, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Meanwhile, McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque supported in glowing hues and lyrical lines, the rhythm driven from the bottom of the orchestra (as in a good jazz band) and the violins gamboling ebulliently.”

– Read more at ocregister.com.
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La gloria di primavera: Scarlatti gem rediscovered

On May 9, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“There are significant variations in terms of rhythm, color and timbre from one formally prescribed structure to the next which were clearly emphasized by McGegan and his ensemble. Several invocations of nature – pastoral images, a tempest, the flowing Danube – were all beautifully rendered.”

– Read more at bachtrack.com.

Review: Philharmonia Baroque Unearths a 300-Year-Old Rarity

On May 9, 2016 |
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Nicholas McGegan

“Occasional music seldom outlives the occasion it commemorates, except when, say, a Handel work is involved, as with the “Music for the Royal Fireworks” or many another toss-off. Alessandro Scarlatti’s grand serenata “La Gloria di Primavera” (“The Glory of Spring”) — which the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, led by its music director, Nicholas McGegan, presented at Zankel Hall on Friday evening — is a fascinating case study.”

– Read more at nytimes.com