Nicholas McGegan to Return to The Hollywood Bowl to Lead Music by Mozart and Beethoven, 9/3
Nicholas McGegan, The Nicholas McGegan, Los Angeles Philharmonic
English conductor Nicholas McGegan comes to the Hollywood Bowl for the second time this season to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of music by Mozart and Beethoven, Tuesday, September 3, at 8 pm. LA Phil First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole and PrincipAl Viola Carrie Dennis performing Mozart's Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K. 364. The program also includes Mozart's Overture to Così fan tutte and Beethoven's Contredanses, WoO 14 and Symphony No. 1.
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.
First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole, who joined the LA Phil in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of 10 while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York's Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. Nathan is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. The Nathan Cole School of Violin includes a video curriculum of all major orchestral excerpts, plus concertos, etudes, and fundamental lessons.