August 22, 2012 |
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...
March 4, 2012 |
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.
November 13, 2009 |
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.
November 8, 2009 |
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.
August 16, 2007 |
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.
August 9, 2007 |
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.