Nicholas Mcgegan

Student Concerts

Inspiring Passion: The Entire Orchestra in Action
(Grades 5-12; older students are also welcome)


Free Student Matinee

“Mood Swings, Mischief, & Mastery: Symphonies by CPE Bach & Joseph Haydn”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Palo Alto High School’s Haymarket Theatre
Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Hosted by the Palo Alto Unified School District


Explore and compare symphonic works by two great composers of the classical era. Led by their energetic Music Director Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s wind and string players will perform movements from CPE Bach’s moody, capricious Symphony in E minor Wq 178 (written in 1756) and Joseph Haydn’s magnificently crafted Symphony No. 68 in B-flat major (composed in 1778). Through instrument demonstrations and brief excursions into music history, the musicians will highlight the most enjoyable and entertaining elements of this music.

APPLY HERE for first-come, first-served seating



Free Student Concert

“17th Century Mash-ups from the Heart of Europe”

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Lisa-Baroque violin

Orchestra member Lisa Grodin shares her baroque violin

This concert is specially designed for teachers and their students. Violinist/leader Elizabeth Blumenstock and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will perform colorful, foot-stomping 17th-century works, including ones that reflect musical traditions from a diverse array of nations. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Balletto la Pastorella includes sections in English, French, German, Spanish, and Bavarian styles; Georg Philipp Telemann’s masterpiece Les Nations represented music of the Turks, the Swiss, the Muscovites, and the Portuguese. The performers will share the distinctive sound of their own authentic instruments, show how the instruments evolved, and provide lively commentary about the composers and their times. Projected visual aids will enrich the presentation.

APPLY HERE for first-come, first-served Student Concert seating.










Questions? Please contact Director of Education, Lisa Grodin. Email: