In his talk "A Theater of Tragedies: The Plague in 17th-century England," Nicholas McGegan, baroque specialist and conductor, discusses how people dealt with this appalling calamity and other plagues in history. Not surprisingly, there are parallels with the current epidemic. McGegan will also address how such crises affected artists and musicians in England.
at home: Performances
Join us each month for a unique prerecorded concert, talk, or literary reading from performing artists around the world as they invite us into their homes for newly created informal performances and discussions.
About Nicholas McGegan
"An expert in 18th-century style" (the New Yorker), McGegan has dedicated 50 years to conducting. The 2019/20 season marked the end of his 34-year tenure as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, for which he is now music director laureate. He is principal guest conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and Hungary’s Capella Savaria. McGegan has appeared with many of the world’s major orchestras, including Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney, and the Royal Concertgebouw. He regularly collaborates with choreographer Mark Morris on numerous projects. His discography includes more than 100 releases spanning five decades, including more than 40 with Philharmonia Baroque and Chorale, and close to twenty with Capella Savaria, which appointed him principal guest conductor for life. He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to music overseas.” McGegan is committed to the next generation of musicians, frequently conducting and coaching students in regular engagements at Yale, Juilliard, Harvard, the Colburn School, Aspen Music Festival, and more.
This performance is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.