In early May, Nic appears with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Appearing with him are Yulia Van Doren and Thomas Cooley, who will also appear with Philharmonia this coming December in William Boyce’s Solomon. “Music doesn’t get any more fun than this!” says McGegan as he looks forward to working with these talented performers.
In August, Nic visits Hungary to conducts four Haydn symphonies. “I first visited Eszterháza, the Hungarian summer palace of the Eszterházy family, in 1982 on the occasion of the three hundredth birthday of Joseph Haydn,” says Nic. “Since then I’ve been back many times performing in the magnificent music room which has recently been restored to its former glory. The last time I was there the present prince, Antál, was in the front row. It is always most humbling for me to think that those walls first heard that music over two hundred years ago when Haydn himself conducted.”
Only a few days later, Nic leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. “One thing I never get used to is the sheer size of the audience – sometimes as many as 15,000 people. Almost as many as go to an entire season of Philharmonia are there on one night!” On the program this year are works by Mozart and Beethoven, including the latter’s First Symphony.
Two other highlights of the summer are Nic’s visits to the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. “In both cases,” he says, “I get to work with wonderful students from around the world. Their energy and enthusiasm is a terrific tonic.”
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