CSO: Nicholas McGegan Invites Composers to Dinner

Nicholas McGegan, delightful on stage and off.(Photo: Harmonia Mundi)
Nicholas McGegan, delightful on stage and off.(Photo: Harmonia Mundi)

Nicholas McGegan is in town to conduct the Columbus Symphony this weekend. Performances are Friday through Sunday at the Southern Theater. Saturday night’s performance is broadcast live on Classical 101; Music of Rameau, J.C. Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

Beverly Sills used to say, “I don’t share praise, I don’t share blame and I don’t share desserts.” I don’t share my pre-concert talks. BUT McGegan is irresistible. When he was here a few years ago he took over, and the mirth was great! So he will be joining me, one hour before curtain time (2 pm for Sunday).

Come early. Seriously.

During an interview yesterday, McGegan offered these bon mots:

“Were I to invite composers to dinner at the same time, there are certain composers you really wouldn’t want at the table. Wagner would have been absolutely awful, he’d have only talked about himself. Bruckner probably would have prayed all the time, nothing wrong with that but you wouldn’t want it for dinner. Mozart would have been nice, he would have probably thrown bread rolls at the pretty girls, but that would have been okay. Mendelssohn would have been wonderful, and he could have answered your questions in any language. But Haydn would be the ultimate dinner guest. Handel of course would have just eaten your food as well as his, and Bach would have wanted more beer.”

See what I mean?

Don’t miss this weekend’s Columbus Symphony concerts-and come early.