SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

“In the words of McGegan, “It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description.” The score that, he suggests, Rameau composed as if afflicted by “musical attention deficit syndrome” — more on that later — has played like a gorgeous soundtrack in McGegan’s dreams for nearly three decades. Years after John Shepard discovered the original 1745 manuscript in the […]

Interview – JUNO Spotlight: Daniel Taylor

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Interview, Recording | No Comments
Interview – JUNO Spotlight: Daniel Taylor

“aniel Taylor is one of the most recognizable names in classical music. Known for his pure and powerful voice, the countertenor has found acclaim on all corners of the globe. His career, spanning several decades, is documented in more than 100 recordings. Born and raised in Ottawa, he now resides in Toronto, where he serves […]

Musical Toronto: 38 Questions For Nicholas McGegan

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Musical Toronto: 38 Questions For Nicholas McGegan

“British-born conductor Nicholas McGegan is as a frequent visitor in Toronto. He last led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra through Handel’s Messiah in 2012, prompting John Terauds to call it the best he had seen in 12 consecutive years. As a specialist in Baroque and Classical period repertoire, he has a point-of-view that is refreshingly undogmatic […]

Conductor Nicholas McGegan brings all-Mozart program to SLSO

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Conductor Nicholas McGegan brings all-Mozart program to SLSO

“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 […]

Conductor Nicholas McGegan seeks adventure through music — and food

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Conductor Nicholas McGegan seeks adventure through music — and food

“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 […]

McGegan to conduct Sarasota Music Festival finale

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan to conduct Sarasota Music Festival finale

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. […]

Panthaki, Williams, and the iconic Mark Morris

Panthaki, Williams, and the iconic Mark Morris

“Mark Morris is extraordinarily musical, there’s no other way to put it,” Panthaki said. Panthaki has appeared in other Mark Morris productions including his recent version of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and his now classic staging of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. “Many of Mark’s works have become part of the standard repertoire […]

Facing the music: Laurence Cummings (The Guardian)

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Interview, Laurence Cummings | No Comments
Facing the music: Laurence Cummings (The Guardian)

“Is applauding between movements acceptable? Absolutely! An audience should feel free to respond to the atmosphere in the room and what they feel in their hearts. If they are exhilarated they must be free to show it. I suppose that might mean that we could get to the end of a piece and not receive […]

Naples Illustrated interview with Patrick Quigley

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Interview, Patrick Dupre Quigley | No Comments
Naples Illustrated interview with Patrick Quigley

Nationally acclaimed vocal and orchestral ensemble Seraphic Fire will light up Naples with a series of concerts this season, led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley: “Whenever I hear a great symphony, an amazing choir, or meet another conductor, these are added to the experiences that have made me who I am today.” […]

Nicholas McGegan on KDFC’s “State of the Arts”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 in Artist News, Interview, News, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
Nicholas McGegan on KDFC’s “State of the Arts”

“This week, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is giving the U.S. premiere of a work by Alessandro Scarlatti called The Glory of Spring…Philharmonia Baroque will bring The Glory of Spring to the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford on Wednesday, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Friday, and to the First Congregational Church in Berkeley for their final […]