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September 4, 2004 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Three cheers for the giant video screens at the Hollywood Bowl. Those of us who had long admired San Francisco-based Baroque orchestra conductor Nicholas McGegan for his infectious, enthusiastic music-making got a chance Thursday to see him from the orchestra's point of view. We had no idea what we were missing.
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August 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A good place for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to try out new talent, the Hollywood Bowl can be curiously hospitable to odd couples. Concerts are one-night stands, so there is less to lose than at downtown subscription concerts, where programs are repeated three or four times. But the complicated Bowl schedule can mean an almost haphazard mix and match between soloist and conductor on occasion. It requires speed dating, given that the typical program has a single rehearsal the morning of the concert.
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February 9, 1999 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Conductor Nicholas McGegan once likened soloists at his concerts to guests invited to a dinner party because they're delightful. And he has characterized the works of Jean Philippe Rameau as "souffle" music. So McGegan's concert tonight at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach promises to be a feast; he'll lead his cohorts in the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a suite from Rameau's "Les Boreades," as well as a pair of concerti a due cori by Handel.
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February 10, 2013 | By Richard S. Ginell
Known far and wide as a baroque and classical master, Nicholas McGegan instead came to Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday afternoon to try his hand at Mahler for the first time with the Pasadena Symphony. Don't be too surprised. Fellow “specialist” Roger Norrington also conducts Mahler. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Bruckner. Christopher Hogwood does Stravinsky. They refuse to be confined to their pigeonholes, so why should McGegan? In any case, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 was the perfect choice for McGegan.  It is the lightest, most chamber-like of the 10 symphonies and also the most suited for his cheerful musical personality.
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August 5, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The idea of the grand tour goes back to the 17th century, when wealthy Europeans toured the Continent's cultural capitals to soak up art, manners and fashion. These days, though, as even the euro seems to buy less all the time, many people are thinking twice about broadening their horizons with European travel. But well heeled or not, classical music aficionados have the opportunity to take a "Grand Tour" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this month at the Hollywood Bowl.
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August 11, 1996 | Stuart Cohn, Stuart Cohn is an occasional contributor to Calendar
'If it's not fun, it's not worth doing." The phrase is repeated over and over in an almost fugal set of variations when Nicholas McGegan is interviewed. The wry, witty conductor, music director of San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque--perhaps America's leading period instrument ensemble--has a focused, almost single-minded approach to his work.
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November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.
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December 4, 1989 | HERBERT GLASS
Trust conductor Nicholas McGegan to look beyond the usual seasonal lollipops to the sort of wild (and often wonderful) Baroque mix he presented with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Saturday at Ambassador Auditorium. The nominal tried and true was represented by the opening selection, Corelli's "Christmas" concerto grosso.
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August 11, 2001 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Any performance conducted by Nicholas McGegan is likely to be bright, bracing and breezy, and the one he led Thursday night in the Hollywood Bowl lived up to that expectation. After the Vivaldi sampler he conducted there Tuesday, this was a varied Bach program, a brief symphony by son C.P.E. Bach sandwiched between larger works by father J.S. Bach, and it satisfied the kind of Bach hunger one begins to feel at midsummer.
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August 22, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
All-Mozart concerts are pretty common these days, but you'll hardly find any all-Haydn affairs anywhere. With so much fresh, tuneful, inventive, often unpredictable material to choose from, you wonder why. And after hearing Hollywood Bowl's perennial Baroque-Classical-period guest conductor Nicholas McGegan take on an all-Haydn program with a chamber-sized portion of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Tuesday night, you will especially wonder...
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March 4, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Among the many guest conductors who pass regularly through Southern California armed with fat music scores and frequent-flier miles, Nicholas McGegan is certainly one of the more recognizable faces. In the past 10 years, McGegan has become a presence with' the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducting frequently at the Hollywood Bowl and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has led nearly 30 performances with the orchestra since 2001. This month the British conductor will make his debut with another local group, the Pasadena Symphony, in two concerts at the Ambassador Auditorium.
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November 13, 2009 | Richard S. Ginell
Amid the flurry of round-numbered commemorations this year, Henry Purcell -- born 350 years ago -- finally had his day in the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. Nicholas McGegan, the jolly elf of the period performance scene, brought his crack Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale down from the Bay Area as part of a West Coast tour. He also brought the tall, Texas-raised star mezzo-soprano Susan Graham for her Disney Hall debut and a first-class cast of singers.
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November 8, 2009 | Chloe Veltman
Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell.
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August 16, 2007 | Michael Rydzyñski, Special to The Times
THE irrepressible conductor Nicholas McGegan, acting as tour guide, made a pleasant program of French music even more so at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday evening with his ebullient personality, infectious enthusiasm and dry British wit. All those qualities came through in spades, including his sprightly runs onto and off the stage and his entertaining introductions to his at-times over-the-top conducting.
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August 9, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday night, Nicholas McGegan began a four-capital, four-concert "Grand Tour" of 17th and 18th century music at the Hollywood Bowl with great Handel, weird Haydn, juvenile Mozart and the audience singing "Rule Britannia!" at the end. Ah, England. McGegan is a conductor of many expressions, all of them smiles. Heart-rending music is conveyed with a look of beatific warmth. Stirring music is encouraged through good-natured, gung-ho grins.
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August 16, 2007 | Michael Rydzyñski, Special to The Times
THE irrepressible conductor Nicholas McGegan, acting as tour guide, made a pleasant program of French music even more so at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday evening with his ebullient personality, infectious enthusiasm and dry British wit. All those qualities came through in spades, including his sprightly runs onto and off the stage and his entertaining introductions to his at-times over-the-top conducting.
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February 28, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Close your eyes at most concerts and you'll not miss much. But if Nicholas McGegan is conducting, closing your eyes means missing something vital. At Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, McGegan connected sight and sound in ways funny, witty and illuminating. McGegan led his excellent San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a program of Rameau and Handel. Soprano Lisa Saffer was the soloist.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2007 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
The idea of the grand tour goes back to the 17th century, when wealthy Europeans toured the Continent's cultural capitals to soak up art, manners and fashion. These days, though, as even the euro seems to buy less all the time, many people are thinking twice about broadening their horizons with European travel. But well heeled or not, classical music aficionados have the opportunity to take a "Grand Tour" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this month at the Hollywood Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Close your eyes at most concerts and you'll not miss much. But if Nicholas McGegan is conducting, closing your eyes means missing something vital. At Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, McGegan connected sight and sound in ways funny, witty and illuminating. McGegan led his excellent San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a program of Rameau and Handel. Soprano Lisa Saffer was the soloist.
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