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.”
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