While the Oakland A’s have been busy resolving disputes over the ten-year lease that will allow them to continue playing at the O.co Coliseum, Nicolas McGegan has been negotiating the renewal of his contract with Philharmonia Baroque. Yesterday the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) announced that McGegan has renewed his contract through 2020, thus adding to the 29 years during which he has served as the ensemble’s Music Director. McGegan has an international reputation for his mastery of music from both the Baroque and Classical periods. However, what has particularly distinguished his tenure with PBO has been his adventurous pursuits into the nineteenth century. These have led to the release of concert recordings of “advanced” repertoire by composers including Hector Berlioz and Johannes Brahms.
McGegan released the following statement following his renewal:
Working with the musicians of Philharmonia has been a central part of my career, and I'm delighted to continue my collaboration with this exceptional ensemble. I look forward to many more seasons of splendid music-making together.
He will continue to play a central role in planning concert programming, recordings, and tours (such as this summer’s “circuit” of East Coast music festivals). Details of the six programs for the 2014–15 season were announced last April when tickets went on sale.
Executive Director Michael Costa also released a statement regarding McGegan’s renewal:
We are fortunate to have Nic at the helm of Philharmonia's artistic direction. His compelling artistic vision keeps Philharmonia at the forefront of period instrument performance in North America and around the world.
To this Board President Ross Armstrong added:
Since its origins in 1981, Philharmonia has grown from a passionate group of early music pioneers into one of the most accomplished period-instrument orchestras in the world. Nic's leadership, erudition and thrilling energy have all been key in propelling Philharmonia to the first rank of period-instrument performance movement.