Nicholas McGegan — long hailed as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent) and “an expert in 18th-century style” (The New Yorker) — is recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, he conducts Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, Yale Voxtet, and the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players in Italian Baroque Music from the Jewish Ghetto, the Music of Salamone Rossi, with commentary by scholar Francesco Spagnolo. The concert is free and open to all; there are no tickets required. John Knowles Paine Concert Hall is located at 3 Oxford St., Cambridge. The Hall is wheelchair accessible, and is a short walk from the Harvard Square T station.

McGegan is the Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Department of Music, music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and also Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. He established the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale as one of the world’s leading period-performance ensembles, with notable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the London Proms, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the International Handel Festival, Göttingen. His discography of more than 100 releases includes the world premiere recording of Handel’s Susanna, which garnered both a Gramophone Award and a Grammy® nomination, and recent issues of that composer’s Solomon, Samson and Acis and Galatea.

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