Nic McGegan, conductor
Nic McGegan was recently given a lifetime appointment as Principal Guest Conductor for Capella Savaria, the Hungarian ensemble that performs on original instruments. He has collaborated and recorded with them since 1984.
McGegan was presented with a certificate which states: “Capella Savaria hereby awards a certificate to Mr. Nicholas McGegan on his 70th birthday and presents him with the title of Principal Guest Conductor in recognition of the prominent role he has played in the ensemble’s life over the past 35 years.” [READ MORE]
Timothy Myers, conductor
Conductor Timothy Myers concluded his time with the Santa Fe Opera’s production of The Pearl Fishers last week. "The conductor Timothy Myers masterfully brings the essentials of the story to our ears,” said the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Next up for Tim: his return to the Wexford Festival Opera at the National Opera House in Ireland alongside director Rodula Gaitanou, conducting the operatic farewell of Jules Massenet, Don Quichotte. [READ MORE]
Carl Topilow, conductor
On Sunday, August 25, conductor Carl Topilow led a FREE concert with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed trumpeter, vocalist, and entertainer Byron Stripling. It was a perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!
Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy
The PYPA Piano Festival had a superb summer season in Philadelphia! Students had a packed schedule between practicing, attending master classes with a world-renowned faculty, concerts, student performances, and the 2019 Philadelphia International Piano Competition.
2019 Philadelphia International Piano Competition winners include Parker van Ostrand (Junior Division) and Binghao Li (Senior Division). [READ MORE]
Before the season started, Classical Post wrote a comprehensive preview of the events. Then, ABC News Channel 6 offered a recap of the 2019 opening concert by pianist Ching-Yun Hu at the Kimmel Center. ABC PHL17 News highlighted last year’s Philadelphia International Piano Competition Winner Sophia Liu’s virtuosic performance for the PYPA Rising Stars Concert. Visit the PYPA Piano Festival Facebook page for more videos and photos.
Natalia Kazaryan, piano
Pianist Natalia Kazaryan’s August 11th Steinway Series recital at the Smithsonian American Art Museum featured rarely performed gems by trailblazing female composers. These included works by Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Joan Tower, and Grażyna Bacewicz. They also represented a wide variety of styles that showcase the range of women’s compositional creativity across time, fitting well with the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative: “Because of Her Story.” [READ MORE]
Natalia also had a recent interview with Classical Post. “I like to share this knowledge with the audience before and during the performance, helping audiences connect better with each piece and its context. I feel a strong sense of purpose when I perform – whether it is to share a beautiful experience with an audience of music that they know or to introduce them to new works. I feel transported when I perform, and it is an indescribable feeling of joy.” [READ MORE]