The Carmel Bach Festival welcomes Nicholas McGegan (pictured above) to the podium this week. McGegan conducts concerts Thursday and Saturday July 28 and 30 at 7:30 pm at the Sunset Cultural Center.
The Thursday night program, Haydn and Schubert, presents Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in Eb Major (“Drum Roll”), J.S. Bach’s Ricercare No. 2 from Musical Offering, orchestrated by Anton Webern, and Schubert’s iconic “Unfinished” Symphony.
McGegan served as Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, and Artistic Director and conductor at Germany’s Göttingen Handel Festival. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Toronto Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; Scottish Chamber Orchestras; and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, among others.
McGegan also conducts the closing performance of the 85th Festival, Bach’s celebratory Easter Oratorio. The triumphant liturgical work portrays its story through biblical characters and was premiered as a cantata for an Easter Sunday mass. Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Suite from Dardanus opens the concert. The program features the Orchestra, Chorale, and soloists Clara Rottsolk, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Cooley, tenor, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone.