Acclaimed Conductor Nic McGegan Embarks on Season-Long Celebration of 70th Birthday & Esteemed Career
Honored Conductor Nic McGegan Celebrates His 70th Year & Impeccable Career With Series of Performances
Nic McGegan, a celebrated and honored conductor in the classical music realm, plans to embark on a season-long celebration of both his 70th birthday and his storied, remarkable career dedicated to passionate performances.
An applauded and highly esteemed talent, McGegan will mark his celebration through the 2019-2020 season with much-anticipated engagement across both the United States and Europe. To pay homage to his passion for historically informed performances, McGegan will perform with old friends, as well as new underscores, to highlight his formidable expertise (at the highest level) as both a performing baroque and classical artist.
McGegan launched this celebration season—his sixth decade on the podium—at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on September 5. His performance series continues this Fall as he reunites with the Los Angeles Chamber in late October (October 26-27) as he conducts Mozart, Rameau, and Schubert.
McGegan, world renown and celebrated as a conductor, was recently awarded a lifetime appointment as Principal Guest Conductor for Capella Savaria, the Hungarian ensemble that performs on original instruments. He has collaborated and recorded with them since 1984.
“To say that I am totally delighted to have been offered this title doesn’t really begin to say how pleased, honoured and thrilled I am,” McGegan said.
His ongoing celebration of life and career will span the U.S. with spotlight appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra (November 21-23), Houston (December 20-22), Baltimore (March 6-8), St. Louis (February 29 - March 1), Pasadena (March 21), and New Jersey symphonies (May 1-3). He also will return to the Aspen Festival in the summer. Many of these performances mark a time-honored tradition for McGegan (he has a 20-year run at the Hollywood Bowl, a decade with the Aspen Festival, and more than 30 years with the St. Louis Symphony).
Further, this celebration marks the final season of McGegan’s 34-year tenure as the Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, complementing the performance with a world premiere from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, A Cosmic Notion, plus her new work, The Listeners. Performances take place in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Berkeley (October 17-20).
McGegan crossed the Atlantic for this celebration, debuting with two orchestras in Poland Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (October 4) and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra (October 11).
He’s set to ring in the new year as he conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Handel’s iconic Messiah in Glasgow. Then, later in 2020, McGegan returns to Göttingen International Handel Festival—another time-honored tradition—where he spent nearly 20 years as the festival’s conductor and artistic director.