Conductor Nic McGegan embarks on season-long celebration of his 70th year

17 September 2019
By Ellie Palmer
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The Baroque and Classical specialist is set to perform with multiple orchestras all over the world

Honoured conductor Nic McGegan celebrates his 70th birthday throughout the 2019-2020 season with highly-anticipated engagements across the United States and Europe.

McGegan, who is also a harpsichordist, will perform a number of Baroque-era pieces – somewhat a speciality of his. Later music will also feature.

Beginning his sixth decade on the podium, British-born McGegan launched the season at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic back on September 5 in an all-Mozart program.  In late October (26-27) he will take the stage with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducting Rameau, Mozart, and Schubert. 

The celebration spans the United States with guest 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).

It is important to note that many of these performances are a time-honored tradition for McGegan, who has a 20-year run at the Hollywood Bowl, more than 30 years with the St. Louis Symphony, and roughly a decade with the Aspen Festival. 

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Venturing across the Atlantic, McGegan makes debuts with two orchestras in Poland: Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (October 4) and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra (October 11). To ring in the new year, McGegan conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Handel’s iconic Messiah in Glasgow. Later in 2020, he returns to Göttingen International Handel Festival, where he spent 20 years (1991-2001) as the festival’s Artistic Director and conductor. In celebration of the festival’s 100th anniversary, he will lead a production of Handel’s Rinaldo, the result of a Juilliard residency in February 2020 in which he will collaborate across multiple ensembles: orchestra, opera, and Juilliard 415.

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Photo credit: RJ Muna