Nicholas McGegan Conducts LA Phil in All-Mendelssohn Program at Hollywood Bowl Tonight
English conductor and frequent Los Angeles Philharmonic guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to the Hollywood Bowl stage to lead the orchestra in an all-Mendelssohn program, tonight, August 22, at 8 pm. He is joined by exuberant young violinist Ray Chen, in his LA Phil debut, performing the composer's Violin Concerto, which was written for Ferdinand David, Mendelssohn's concertmaster at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Also on the program are the Hebrides Overture and the "Scottish" Symphony, both inspired by Mendelssohn's first visit to Great Britain.
As he embarks on his fourth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan, hailed as "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation" (London Independent), is increasingly recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. He has been music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for 28 years, and was Artistic Director of the International Handel Festival Göttingen for 20 years (1991-2011). Beginning in the 2013/14 season he becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. His approach to period style - intelligent, infused with joy and never dogmatic - has led to appearances with many major orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong Philharmonics; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Toronto and Sydney Symphonies; the Cleveland and the and Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is also at home in opera houses. English-born McGegan was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to music overseas." His extensive discography includes six recent releases on Philharmonia Baroque's label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP), including Brahms Serenades; Berlioz Les Nuits d'été and Handel arias with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Haydn Symphonies Nos. 88, 101 and 104 (nominated for a Grammy award); Vivaldi The Four Seasons and other concerti with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock; and Handel's Atalanta featuring soprano Dominique Labelle.