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“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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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.