McGegan’s lofty season opener with Philhamornia Baroque Orchestra

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s lofty season opener with Philhamornia Baroque Orchestra

“In the nine-movement “Ode,” McGegan’s lively conducting and joyful interactions with the vocalists and lush-sounding orchestra instilled the occasion with vibrancy… “In “Terpsichore,” a prologue of the opera “Il pastor fido,” McGegan guided the orchestra with stately grace through the Prelude. It was followed by an energetic gallop culminating in a foot stomp from the […]

McGegan Embarks on Season-Long Celebration of His 70th Year and Storied Career

Posted on Sep 5, 2019 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan Embarks on Season-Long Celebration of His 70th Year and Storied Career

Honored conductor Nic McGegan celebrates his 70th birthday throughout the 2019-2020 season with highly-anticipated engagements across the United States and Europe. As a hallmark to his passion for historically-informed performances, this series of performances with friends old and new underscores his formidable expertise as a baroque and classical artist performing at the highest level.  Beginning […]

McGegan and Cooley among Best of the Bay 2018–2019 Winners

Posted on Aug 27, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
McGegan and Cooley among Best of the Bay 2018–2019 Winners

Best Choral Performance: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale— Handel’s Saul Our reviewer wrote about this performance: “To report that the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale gave a magnificent performance of the work … is both manifestly true and slightly misrepresentative of the achievement. Yes, there were grand and glorious things … but it wasn’t the orchestral showiness that made such […]

McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

Posted on Aug 25, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

“McGegan exhibited the zeal and insight into this repertory that has made his San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra internationally celebrated. Not surprisingly, he led the Mozart and Zwilich works with equal finesse and conviction…. “McGegan chose bright tempos that carefully balanced panache with the elegant structure of Mozart’s clever dialogue between the two pianists. —Read […]

Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

Posted on Aug 24, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

“Baroque music expert Nicholas McGegan ably conducted a pick-up orchestra drawn from SummerFest’s amazing reserve of musical talent … Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton and harpsichord work.” —Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

McGegan, Moore, Panthaki’s recording of “Joseph makes a strong impression”

McGegan, Moore, Panthaki’s recording of “Joseph makes a strong impression”

“Conductor Nicholas McGegan makes the musical points tell precisely and his energy affects the entire performance, carrying it through the slow parts of the piece. Diana Moore is simply perfect, her crystalline diction making it possible to distinguish every word she sings. Nicholas Phan as Simeon and Sherezade Panthaki as Joseph’s wife Asenath are similarly […]

McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “powerful opening week to start Aspen Music Festival”

“The Vivaldi was in McGegan’s wheelhouse. He recently completed a long tenure with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and although the orchestra’s role in this concerto mostly supports the soloists with springy rhythms and appropriate harmonies, he laid the foundation for brilliant playing from Hungarian trumpet virtuoso Tamás Pálfalvi and the Atlanta Symphony’s principal trumpet Stuart […]

“Bach given uplifting treatment” by McGegan, Bragle, & Panthaki

“Bach given uplifting treatment” by McGegan, Bragle, & Panthaki

“McGegan is a jolly man who clearly loves his work and engages with the performers and audience with utmost geniality. It is impossible not be drawn into the general air of ‘isn’t this all fun?’ that radiates from face, his demeanour, and his conducting. This very ‘up’ view of life spilled over into the music […]

LA Times: “Handel’s ‘Saul,’ not the ‘Messiah,’ with Nicholas McGegan in his element”

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
LA Times: “Handel’s ‘Saul,’ not the ‘Messiah,’ with Nicholas McGegan in his element”

“Four years after “Saul,” Handel and the same librettist, Charles Jennens, would go on to produce that first true, most famous and still most lasting of all oratorios, meant for Easter (even if appropriated by Christmas). Instead Nicholas McGegan, the longtime music director of the Berkeley-based period instrument ensemble and as fine a “Messiah” master […]

Handel’s ‘Saul’ gets “heroic treatment” by McGegan, Van Doren & Panthaki

Handel’s ‘Saul’ gets “heroic treatment” by McGegan, Van Doren & Panthaki

“Saturday’s performance, which repeats Friday in San Francisco and Saturday in Palo Alto to close Philharmonia’s 38th season, found McGegan and ensemble in top form, powering through the two hour, 50-minute score with brisk, unflagging energy…Robust bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch thundered appropriately, relishing every moments of Saul’s badness, and sopranos Sherezade Panthaki (Michal) and Yulia Van […]