Performing the Baroque for Modern Audiences

Fri, Feb 11, 2022
2:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

A wide-ranging conversation between conductor Nicholas McGegan and musicologist Ellen Harris about developments and trends in the performance of Baroque vocal and instrumental music during McGegan’s distinguished career in live performance and recording.


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Nicholas McGegan, who is entering his sixth decade as one of the foremost conductors and interpreters of Baroque music, is Music Director Laureate of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Choral and Principal Guest Conductor Hungary’s Capella Savaria. He has conducted nearly twenty Handel operas as the Artistic Director and conductor at Germany‘s Göttingen Handel Festival, and the Mozart canon as Principal Guest Conductor at Scottish Opera. He has also been Principal Conductor of Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre. He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). Among may other distinguished awards, the mayor of San Francisco declared a Nicholas McGegan Day in recognition of his work with Philharmonia.

Ellen T. Harris is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at The Juilliard School. Her work includes the award-winning books George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (Norton, 2014) and Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard, 2001; with revised texts and translations, 2021). Her most recent work pertains to Handel’s finances and investments. Harris also performs as a soprano soloist; she has appeared twice with John Williams and the Boston Pops and sung the National Anthem at Fenway Park.