“One of the happiest developments over the 20 years I’ve covered the Cliburn has been the FWSO’s vast improvement under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director for the last 16 years. But, given the orchestra’s relatively little experience in 18th-century style, it was a great idea to book a specialist, Nicholas McGegan, to conduct this round. Sure […]
“McGegan, who is noted for his expertise in 18th-century music, conducted about two dozen strings in a completely gorgeous, utterly placid recitation of the Mozart composition…Aside from being a masterful conductor, McGegan is a joy to watch.” — Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Photo: Jeff Roffman
“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it on stage at last was like watching a resplendently bedecked giant stirring to life.” — Read more at sfchronicle.com. Photo: Frank Wing
“McGegan conducted with his trademark verve and attention to detail, drawing forceful orchestral responses in the triumphant music and gentle, opulent sound in the pastoral scenes.” — Read more at mercurynews.com.
“With top-quality Baroque works performed in the Bay Area each year, music lovers might be tempted to think they’ve heard everything the era produced. But this weekend at Zellerbach Hall, audiences are about to experience a rare French Baroque masterwork – a fully staged production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet “Le Temple de la Gloire” […]
“…the special visit to Hull, as part of the classical music programme’s ‘Proms at…’ series, is a huge honour with the festival rarely travelling outside of London. Fittingly, Stage@TheDock will host the concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. The music was first performed for George I on […]
“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and here McGegan brought out every colourful detail to great effect.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.
“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 […]
“…from the moment that Nicholas McGegan took the podium to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall Friday night, it was evident that a more playful approach had come to visit. More than once I was tempted to pull the nearest person into a dance, so infectious was the pulse at times. Heads […]