“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
“…music director Nicholas McGegan’s life-long Rameauphilia, and the participation of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, sufficed to inspire the rebirth of a major contribution to the lyric stage…But it was the 42-member period orchestra that McGegan has led for 30 years with verve and insight that proved the greatest source of revelations.” — […]
“…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.
“The orchestra’s dynamic range, as it traveled through Beethoven’s pleasant meadows and thunderstorms, was as broad as the modern orchestra can create, yet still maintained, under Halls’ guidance, a sense of classical precision.” — Read more at Texas Classical Review.
“Matthew Halls led fresh, caringly detailed performances of both works…With just two dozen strings for the Vivaldi, Halls molded a performance at once suavely stylish and vividly illustrative…Let’s hope Halls returns early and often.” — Read more at dallasnews.com. Photo: Michael Ainsworth
“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” […]
“Janacek’s music ingeniously blends folkloric Moravian elements, fragmented phrases and an elusive harmonic language to expose the raw undercurrents of the everyday characters. All these qualities came through vividly in the rich, surging performance led by the conductor Anne Manson.” — Read more at The New York Times.
“…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 […]