Orchestra of St. Luke's
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's most versatile and distinguished
orchestras, collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 80
concerts each year-including its Carnegie Hall orchestra series, chamber-music series at
The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and Caramoor Summer Season. In its
41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; given more than 175 world,
US, and New York City premieres; and appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four
Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection. Pablo
Heras-Casado is OSL's principal conductor.
OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in
the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke's
Chamber Ensemble make up OSL's artistic core.
OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it
shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City's
premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation
for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in
2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400
ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax,
Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of
neighbors, families, and schoolchildren at its home each year for free community
Through its Education and Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York
City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs, offers
free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center, provides chamber-music coaching for
adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School
Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL), an intensive in- and
after-school instrumental instruction program that emphasizes musical excellence and social
development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell's
As he embarks on his fourth decade on the podium, Nicholas McGegan is recognized for his
probing and revelatory explorations of music of all periods. He has served as music
director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for more than 30 years, and continues as
principal guest conductor of the Pasadena Symphony.
Best known as a Baroque and Classical specialist, Mr. 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, Mr. McGegan shone new light on nearly 20 Handel operas
as the artistic director and conductor of the Göttingen International Handel Festival for
20 years (1991-2011), and on the Mozart canon as principal guest conductor at the Scottish
Opera in the 1990s.
Mr. McGegan's 2015-2016 season features appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (with
which he has appeared annually for 20 years); St. Louis Symphony; BBC Scottish, RTÉ
National, and New Zealand symphony orchestras; The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music
Festival; and The Juilliard School. In addition, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
performs Scarlatti's La gloria di primavera under his direction at Carnegie Hall
and throughout California's Orange County.
Mr. McGegan's extensive discography features eight releases on the Philharmonia Baroque's
label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP), including the 2011 Grammy Award-nominated
recording of Haydn's symphonies nos. 88, 101, and 104.
Mr. McGegan was born in England and 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, he was invited to join the board of Early Music America. Other
honors 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 the Philharmonia
Baroque Orchestra. In 2013, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music awarded him an honorary
doctorate of music.