Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Pasadena, CA – Join the Pasadena Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan as he delivers Baroque Masters on January 26, 2019 at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2pm and 8pm. Highly regarded as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (London Independent), the two-time Grammy nominee will jump start your year as only he can with his historical performance practice bringing a wealth of experience to this popular Baroque repertoire with Bach’s Brandenburgs, Vivaldi concertos and Handel’s jubilant Water Music. “He’s a dynamo, a true animator, an energiser and an ignition point from which music can take off ” (Herald Scotland). You won’t want to miss this chance to witness the “King” of Baroque interpretation at his finest, as he applies his special craft to these Baroque masterpieces.

For the symphony’s entrée to the new year, the virtuosic principal musicians of the Pasadena Symphony orchestra will perform solos for bassoon, violin, cello and viola. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins starts off the program followed by Vivaldi’s Cello and Bassoon Concertos. The second half of the program returns to Bach for his beautiful Brandenburg Concerto No.6, leading to the celebratory Suite No. 1. of Handel’s famed Water Music. Pasadena’s own formidable soloists promise to bring together an absolutely riveting program, all in the masterful hands of Conductor Nicholas McGegan.

The Pasadena Symphony provides a quintessential experience specially designed for the music lover, the social butterfly or a date night out, and the inner epicurean in us all. For those who want to learn more about the music, join us for Insights – a free pre-concert dialogue with Conductor Nicholas McGegan, which begins one hour prior to each performance. Patrons who plan to arrive early can also enjoy a drink or a bite in the lively Symphony Lounge, yet another addition to the carefree and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting along Ambassador Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor plaza, the lounge offers uniquely prepared menus from Claud &Co for both lunch and dinner, a full bar and fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.

All Pasadena Symphony performances take place at Ambassador Auditorium, located at 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Subscriptions start at $99 with single ticket prices starting at $35. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.


What: The Pasadena Symphony presents Baroque Masters
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Rose Corrigan, bassoon
Aimée Kreston, violin
Aaron Oltman, viola
Sara Parkins, violin
Andrew Picken, viola
George Kim Scholes, cello

Bach     Concerto for Two Violins
Vivaldi  Concerto for Cello
Vivaldi  Concerto for Bassoon
Bach     Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Handel  Water Music Suite No. 1

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Where: Ambassador Auditorium | 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Cost: Tickets start at $35.00

Parking: Valet parking is available on St. John Ave for $20. General parking is available in two locations: next to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave) at the covered parking structure, and directly across Green street at the Wells Fargo parking structure (entrance on Terrace at Green St), both for $10. ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.

Symphony Lounge: Located on the plaza at Ambassador Auditorium. Opens at 12:30 pm before the matinee and 6:00 pm before the evening performance.

Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussion with Conductor Nicholas McGegan begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders at no cost.

The Pasadena Symphony Association

Recent Acclaim for the Pasadena Symphony and POPS
“The Pasadena Symphony signals a new direction…teeming with vitality…dripping with opulent, sexy emotion.” Los Angeles Times.

“…full of pulsating energy from first note to last… the strings were lushly resonant, the wind principals were at the top of their games, and the brass rang out with gleaming vigor.” –Pasadena Star News.

Formed in 1928, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS is an ensemble of Hollywood’s most talented, sought after musicians.  With extensive credits in the film, television, recording and orchestral industry, the artists of Pasadena Symphony and POPS are the most heard in the world.

The Pasadena Symphony and POPS performs in two of the most extraordinary venues in the United States: Ambassador Auditorium, known as the Carnegie Hall of the West, and the luxuriant Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Internationally recognized, Grammy-nominated conductor, David Lockington, serves as the Pasadena Symphony Association’s Music Director, with performance-practice specialist Nicholas McGegan serving as Principal Guest Conductor.  The multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, is the Principal Pops Conductor, who succeeded Marvin Hamlisch in the newly created Marvin Hamlisch Chair.

A hallmark of its robust education programs, the Pasadena Symphony Association has served the youth of the region for over five decades through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras (PYSO), comprised of five performing ensembles with over 300 gifted 4th-12th grade students from more than 50 schools all over the Southern California region. The PYSO has toured internationally at prestigious venues in New York, Vienna, and most recently San Jose, Costa Rica. They regularly perform throughout Southern California and have appeared on the popular television show GLEE.

The PSA provides people from all walks of life with powerful access points to the world of symphonic music.


conductor nicholas mcgegan
Nicholas McGegan
Principal Guest Conductor

As he embarks on his fifth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan — long hailed as “one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation” (The Independent) and “an expert in 18th-century style” (The New Yorker) — is recognized for his probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. The 2017/18 season marked his 32nd year as music director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

and Chorale and he is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony. Best known as a baroque and classical specialist, McGegan’s approach— intelligent, infused with joy and never dogmatic — has led to appearances with many of the world’s major orchestras. At home in opera houses, McGegan shone new light on close to twenty Handel operas as the Artistic Director and conductor at the Göttingen Handel Festival for 20 years (1991-2001) and the Mozart canon as Principal Guest Conductor at Scottish Opera in the 1990s.

His 17/18 guest appearances include his return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for two programs (his 21st consecutive appearance at the Hollywood Bowl); Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the Pasadena, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras. A residency at the Juilliard School this fall will lead to performances in New York and a side-by-side with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Juilliard415 on the West Coast. He will make his annual return to The Aspen Music Festival as well. Abroad, he appears at Casa da Musica (Portugal) and with SWR Sinfonieorchester, Gottingen Symphonieorchester, and Jerusalem Symphony.

In the summer of 2017, McGegan conducted the Royal Northern Sinfonia for the BBC Proms in Hull, marking 300 years since Handel’s Water Music was first famously performed on the River Thames. It was the first time since the 1930s a festival performance had been moved outside London.

One of Philharmonia’s greatest successes was the recent fully-staged modern-day premiere of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1745 opera-ballet Le Temple de la Gloire. PBO’s 2017/18 season opens in October with the North American premiere of Sally Beamish’s The Judas Passion, co-commissioned by PBO and London’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment (OAE). McGegan conducts the world premiere of the piece with OAE earlier in the fall. Other season highlights include Handel’s Messiah and his oratorio Joseph and his Brethren, a program with cellist Steven Isserlis, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major.

McGegan’s prolific discography includes more than 100 releases spanning five decades. Having recorded over 50 albums of of Handel, McGegan has explored the depths of the composer’s output with a dozen oratorios and close to twenty of his operas. Under its own label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP), Philharmonia has recently released almost a dozen acclaimed albums of Handel, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven, and more. McGegan’s latest release with PBO is the first-ever recording of the recently rediscovered 300-year-old work La Gloria di Primavera by Alessandro Scarlatti, recorded live at the U.S. premiere. Since the 1980s, Nic has released more than 20 recordings with Hungary’s Capella Savaria on the Hungaroton label, including groundbreaking opera and oratorio recordings of repertoire by Handel, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Telemann and Vivaldi. Most recently, the collaboration has produced releases of Haydn, Kraus, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and a 2-CD set of the complete Mozart violin concerti.

Mr. McGegan is committed to the next generation of musicians, frequently conducting and coaching students in residencies and engagements at Yale University, the Juilliard School, Harvard University, the Colburn School, Aspen Music Festival and School, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. In 2013 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and in 2016 was the Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Harvard. McGegan’s fun and informative lectures have delighted audiences at Juilliard, Yale Center for British Arts, American Handel Society, and San Francisco Conservatory.

English-born Nicholas McGegan was educated at Cambridge and Oxford. He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to music overseas.” Most recently, McGegan was invited to join the board of Early Music America. Other awards include the Halle Handel Prize; the Order of Merit of the State of Lower Saxony (Germany); the Medal of Honour of the City of Göttingen, and a declaration of Nicholas McGegan Day, by the Mayor of San Francisco in recognition of his work with Philharmonia. In 2013, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Music.

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Rose Corrigan

Rose Corrigan started playing bassoon to escape from the flute section of her high school band. It was an act of rebellion and perhaps a way to sit closer to boys. After her first lesson, she brought the bassoon home hoping to shock her parents with her act of bravery and independence, only to discover that her mother had played it herself in high school. This undermined her act of rebellion; however, she was already passionate about the instrument, loving its variety of tone color, richness and lyricism. Its tessitura was closer to that of her

voice, and she discovered that she was drawn to the supporting role it often plays in the repertoire.

Currently, Corrigan is principal bassoonist of Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, and a former member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Corrigan is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied with Michael O’Donovan, a teacher whose pedagogy included exposure to great cinema, literature and restaurants. She returned to the university as an adjunct professor, teaching bassoon from 1993 until 2011.

Corrigan has played bassoon and contrabassoon on the soundtracks of over 500 motion pictures, working with composers such as Michael Giacchino, Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner, Michel Legrand, Michael Kamen and William Ross. A few of the films that include her playing are Ice Age, Life of Pi, Bolt, Despicable Me, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, Aladdin, The Lion King, Cars, Enchanted, WALL-E and Pirates of the Caribbean. Her bassoon solos are prominent in March of the Penguins, one of the only movies to list a bassoonist in its closing credits. She has also performed on hundreds of records for stars like Paul McCartney, Tony Williams, Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole.

Rose lives in Sierra Madre with her trombonist-composer husband Steven Williams and their three children.  An enthusiastic organic gardener, tending vegetables and over 50 different fruit trees, she enjoys sharing baskets of avocados and other produce with friends and colleagues.

Aimée Kreston

A native of Chicago, violinist Aimée Kreston spent her formative years studying with renowned pedagogue Almita Vamos. Ms. Kreston holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. After completing her degrees, Kreston continued her studies with the legendary concertmaster Michel Schwalbe.

In 1989 Ms. Kreston became the youngest member of the Minnesota Orchestra and a year later won the post of Principal Second Violin in that ensemble. From 1993 to 1997 she served as Concertmaster of L’Orchestre de Paris, the only American in that ensemble. She has been privileged to perform as concertmaster with some of the worlds greatest conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlo Maria Giullini, Sir Gorge Solti and Pierre Boulez.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Ms. Kreston joined the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra as Concertmaster, and in June of 2000, she was engaged as Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony. Ms. Kreston has performed in nearly every European country, having appeared as soloist at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and as a chamber musician at the Chatelet Chamber music series in Paris, the Reims music festival, and at the Queluz Chateau festival in Portugal. Ms. Kreston was a prizewinner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland in 1989 and at the WAMSO Young artist’s competition in Minneapolis in 1988.

Kreston is on the faculty of the Colburn School and the Pasadena Conservatory. Ms. Kreston’s students have won numerous awards, and her graduating seniors have been invited to attend the Colburn Conservatory, Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Juilliard and the USC Thornton School of Music, among others.

Ms. Kreston is the Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Symphony, a summer music festival in beautiful Mammoth Lakes California, and a member of the Pasadena String Quartet.

Aaron Oltman

Aaron Oltman has performed with many orchestras in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared in chamber music concerts for the Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the South Bay Chamber Music Society, the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series. He is active in the Recording Industry and has participated in the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Encore Music Festival in Cleveland and the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.

He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees of Music in Performance at the University of Southern California and has performed in Master Classes for Karen Tuttle, Gerald Stanick, Robert Vernon and Roland Vamos.

Sara Parkins

Violinist Sara Parkins is a Grammy award winner for Best Chamber Music Performance of the complete recordings of the Haydn String Quartets with the Angeles Quartet. Sara is a member of the acclaimed Eroica Trio. Along with the trio repertoire, the Eroica Trio performs the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras in North America and Europe.

Sara has a strong interest in contemporary music and is a member of The Eclipse Quartet, which focuses on playing living composers. Her Piano trio, Mojave, performs new music as well as the great traditional works of past centuries. She is an active studio musician and was a member of the Rosetti String Quartet. In addition, Sara has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City and is currently the principal second violinist with the Pasadena Symphony. Ms. Parkins has performed at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Strings in the Mountains and the Bravo Festival in Vail, Colorado.

Internationally, Sara has participated at the Taklos Festival in Zurich, The Wels Unlimited Festival, the Festival Internationale de Cadaques in Spain and in Eisenstadt, Austria. Sara is featured on Phillips Classics, Victo, Avant and Tzadik recording labels. Other international performances include, but are not limited to, Buenos Aries, Ljubljana, Prague, Russia, Austria and Germany as a Chamber Musician and Soloist.

Sara attended the Curtis Institute of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook. She lives in Los Angeles and loves the sunshine despite the traffic!

Andrew Picken

Andrew Picken is the Principal Violist of the Pasadena Symphony, and has served as Associate Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra since 2004. He has also served as Principal Violist of the Long Beach Symphony, Glendale Symphony and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. He is Associate Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra and has been a member of many Southern California ensembles including the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony and Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He has been a regular performer in the Chamber Music Unbound festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and has also lent his talents to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, among others.

A member of the Pasadena String Quartet, he has performed with the Music Guild concert series in Bel Air,  as well as at venues throughout Southern California. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Henschel String Quartet, the Lafayette String Quartet, the Felici Piano trio and has recorded with the Coup d’Archer String quartet. As a conductor, he has led the orchestra at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival in Estes Park, CO.

A dedicated pedagogue, Andrew is on the faculty of Pepperdine University as well as the Colburn School and Pasadena Conservatory of Music. His students have matriculated into many of the top music schools in the country including Juliard, Oberlin, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Colburn Conservatory and USC. Andrew is married to Pasadena Symphony Concertmaster Aimée Kreston.

George Kim Scholes

George Kim Scholes has successfully pursued a variety of musical activities. His career has encompassed chamber music, pop-rock touring and recording, composing and arranging, solo classical performing, recordings for television and film, teaching and orchestral playing.

Mr. Scholes first noticed the cello watching the Lawrence Welk Show with his family in Oklahoma. Piano and cello lessons started at age five, and after rapidly advancing on both instruments, Kim was enchanted by chamber music. He eventually was drawn to New York by the eloquent and elegant playing of cellist Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio. Before graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he unexpectedly won an audition to tour and record as a member of folk-rock artist Harry Chapin’s five member band playing the cello and keyboards. He performed in 200-250 cities a year worldwide, and recorded on Elektra Records. He also composed the film score for the B horror film The Nesting.

Returning to classical performance, and during post-graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, Kim won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the US Trust Artist Award. He also won an award for Excellence in Teaching in the Gregor Piatigorsky Competition in Boston. He has held faculty positions at M.I.T. as an instructor of cello and chamber music, Hartt School of Music, University of Toronto, Longy School of Music and Chicago’s Roosevelt University. He has recorded on the Titanic, Summit and Cedille labels, among others. He had the good fortune to commence his orchestral career with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, followed by a decade as principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In California, he has served as principal cellist of Opera Pacific, international tours as an extra player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a frequent recorder on Hollywood film scores and is currently Principal Cello of the Pasadena Symphony. George is very happy to reside in the Carson Valley of northern Nevada.