McGegan’s Refined Poise, Joyful Rambunctiousness Messiah in Scotland

Posted on Jan 3, 2020 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s Refined Poise, Joyful Rambunctiousness Messiah in Scotland

“McGegan fully exploited the differing colours in Handel’s score, as the orchestra played with stark differences in mood. From refined poise in the recitative sections, to a joyful rambunctiousness for the chorus passages, the orchestra brought a wide and varied palette to the piece.”Read more on The Herald.

McGegan’s rave Messiah performances in Houston

Posted on Dec 23, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s rave Messiah performances in Houston

“Led by McGegan—who sometimes indicated what he wanted with little more than a flick of the wrist—the orchestra brought airiness to the fast sections, lilt to the lyrical ones and sharpness to the bursts of agitation.” Read more on Texas Classical Review. “Leading the orchestra this year was Nicholas McGegan, an 18th-century specialist with more […]

McGegan “expressive as ever”

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “expressive as ever”

“McGegan has always prized flexibility and dramatic immediacy, as Saturday’s performance in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church showed… “He gave the singers their time and they rewarded him and the audience with superbly characterized performances, even though Judas doesn’t dwell on plot details or character interactions. Several times, he leaned over the podium to listen carefully […]

McGegan “master at communicating with his audiences”

Posted on Dec 3, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “master at communicating with his audiences”

“Here, as earlier, the Cleveland Orchestra musicians were putty in the conductor’s batonless hands, especially in the expressive Andante. If you went on your way after the warm ovation whistling the infectious Rondo tune, thank both Joseph Haydn and Nicholas McGegan — each of them masters at communicating with their audiences.” Read more at Cleveland […]

McGegan’s “inimitable panache”

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “inimitable panache”

“Stocked with lovely works from the Classical period and led with inimitable panache by Nicholas McGegan, the evening is one of pure, uncomplicated enjoyment.” Read more at The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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