Nicholas McGegan (Photo: Wenzel)
A Rollicking 320th-Birthday Party in Honor of Handel
By ALLAN KOZINN [NY Times, 25 Feb 05]
Through a felicitous quirk of its touring schedule, Nicholas McGegan and his period instrument ensemble, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, performed a program devoted mostly to music by Handel on Wednesday evening, the 320th anniversary of Handel’s birth.
For Mr. McGegan, this was clearly a fine excuse to party. Throughout the evening at Zankel Hall, he conducted this San Francisco-based orchestra ebulliently, swinging his arms broadly and all but dancing off the podium.
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