McGegan and Panthaki give an “enlightening lecture/recital” at Harvard

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
McGegan and Panthaki give an “enlightening lecture/recital” at Harvard

“McGegan presented an enlightening lecture/recital, bringing this fascinating musical period to life via the Yale Voxtet, a group of eight graduate students at the Institute of Sacred Music, and the excellent Philharmonic Baroque Chamber Players, comprising violinists Katherine Kyme and Noah Strick, cellist Phoebe Carrai, and theorbist David Tayler…Most striking was “Salmo Decimottavo Aria” (O immaculate […]

McGegan, PBO and Levin “Expand Beethoven”

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan, PBO and Levin “Expand Beethoven”

“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.” — […]

Philharmonia Baroque renders Beethoven’s Sixth in warm, evocative splendor

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Philharmonia Baroque renders Beethoven’s Sixth in warm, evocative splendor

“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 […]

Nicholas McGegan brings joy of music to two programs

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Nicholas McGegan brings joy of music to two programs

“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 […]

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 […]

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

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

“Mezzo-soprano Diane Moore portrayed Spring as a kind of earth mother, rich in tones and bossy over the others…baritone Douglas Williams wore a pompous air…As in their previous Tanglewood appearances, McGegan had his period-instrument orchestra playing with impressive unanimity and spirit.” – Read more at berkshireeagle.com.

LA Times: “Nicholas McGegan brings Handel and heart to the Hollywood Bowl”

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
LA Times: “Nicholas McGegan brings Handel and heart to the Hollywood Bowl”

“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 […]

McGegan and Cleveland Orchestra offer “scintillating mix of Classical and modern”

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and Cleveland Orchestra offer “scintillating mix of Classical and modern”

“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.

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 […]

Music review: Sarasota Music Festival closing weekend

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Music review: Sarasota Music Festival closing weekend

“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.