Los Angeles Master Chorale

Stodgy is out, joyful is in: How Nicholas McGegan brings Handel and heart to the Hollywood Bowl

Stodgy is out, joyful is in: How Nicholas McGegan brings Handel and heart to the Hollywood Bowl

At the Hollywood Bowl, parts of August and early September have been called the summer doldrums by some — and they can be right. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has hit on one perennial plan to keep the blahs away for at least a week: having Nicholas McGegan on the podium to conduct his 18th century specialties.

That did the trick on Tuesday night, when McGegan led an all-Handel evening, an accumulation of orchestral greatest hits, high-powered choral workouts and ornate showcase arias for a star diva. The mix turned out to be very agreeable, parceled out in bite-size pieces that wouldn’t have challenged most limited attention spans. As a pocket...

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