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Bach & Beyond

Saturday, January 13, 2024—8:00pm

Saturday, January 13, 2024—8:00pm
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The DSO delights with musical pairs. Two works by Bach, one featuring the famous Air, the other a concerto for two soloists featuring DSO Principal Oboe Alexander Kinmonth and Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy. Music from Paris completes the program—the First Symphony by Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a star of his day, and a symphony by Haydn that the Chevalier helped bring to life.


Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor
Symphony No. 1 in G major, Op. 11, No. 1
Symphony No. 82, “The Bear”


Nic McGegan


In his sixth decade on the podium, Nic 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. Following a 34-year tenure as Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, he is now Music Director Laureate. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of Hungary’s Capella Savaria. At home in opera houses, McGegan shone new light on close to 20 Handel operas as the Artistic Director and conductor at Germany’s Göttingen Handel Festival for 20 years (1991-2001), and the Mozart canon as Principal Guest Conductor at Scottish Opera in the 1990s. He was also Principal Conductor of Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre from 1993 to 1996.

Best known as a Baroque and Classical specialist, McGegan’s approach—intelligent, infused with joy, and never dogmatic, along with an ability to engage players and audiences alike—has made him a pioneer in broadening the reach of historically informed practice beyond the world of period ensembles to conventional symphonic forces. His guest-conducting appearances with major orchestras—including the New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong Philharmonics; the Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Sydney, and New Zealand Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw—often feature Baroque repertoire alongside Classical, Romantic, 20th-century, and even brand-new works. He has led performances of Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Britten, Bach, and Handel with the Utah Symphony; Poulenc and Mozart with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; and the premiere of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, paired with Haydn, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. He collaborates frequently with the Mark Morris Dance Group, including the premiere productions of Rameau’s Platée and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Highlights of his 2022-2023 guest bookings in North America include leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-Mozart program at the Hollywood Bowl; performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2-4 with the Philadelphia Orchestra; a program of Campra and Rameau with Philharmonia Baroque; return engagements with the St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Edmonton Symphonies; and a performance and recording of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Cantata Collective. In Europe, he appears with Denmark’s Aalborg Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a program of Bach, Vivaldi, and Caroline Shaw.

McGegan’s prolific discography includes more than 100 releases spanning five decades. Having recorded over 50 albums of Handel, McGegan has explored the depths of the composer’s output with a dozen oratorios and close to 20 of his operas. Since the 1980s, more than 20 of his recordings have been with Hungary’s Capella Savaria on the Hungaroton label, including groundbreaking opera and oratorio recordings of repertoire by Handel, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Telemann, and Vivaldi. Recently, the collaboration has produced albums of Kraus, Mendelssohn, Schubert, a two-CD set of the complete Mozart violin concertos, and Haydn’s Symphonies 79, 80, and 81. McGegan also released two albums with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under the BIS label: Josef Mysliveček’s Complete Music for Keyboard with soloist Clare Hammond and an album of early horn concertos with soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill. His extensive discography with Philharmonia Baroque includes two GRAMMY nominations, Handel’s Susana and Haydn’s Symphonies 104, 88, and 101. This past season, his album of Mozart violin concertos launched with violinist Gil Shaham and the SWR Symphonie Orchester.

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. He has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; an honorary professorship at Georg-August University, Göttingen; 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, 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.” 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 Baroque.

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

Associate Concertmaster

Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy won her coveted position as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. In 2003, Kennedy further realized her dream when she became Associate Concertmaster. 

Kennedy began her study of the violin at the age of 5 in Dayton, OH. Being the daughter of a Minister of Music and church organist allowed her many chances to share from her heart in front of congregations. Her love of music became what undoubtedly would be her career as she pursued her studies at Brevard Music Center and Interlochen Arts Camp as the Governor’s Scholar for the state of Ohio. She continued her studies at the Sarasota Music Festival; spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival on fellowship as Associate Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra; spent three years at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida with Sergiu Schwartz; and finally landed at the University of Michigan with Paul Kantor. It was halfway through her senior year at Michigan in 1998 that her hard work paid off, when she joined the first violin section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Throughout her training, she won several prizes in competitions around the country, including the Grand Prize in the National MTNA competition and first prize in the Greek Women’s National Competition in Chicago; the Skokie Valley Concerto Competition, where she performed Barber's Violin Concerto; the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, where she performed Ravel’s Tzigane; and the Harid Conservatory Concerto Competition, where she performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Kennedy was one of the few Americans invited to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998. She solos regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Kennedy enjoys performing chamber music regularly around Michigan with various groups including the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and on series such as Chamber Music North, Fairlane Concert Guild, Pro Mozart, Classical Brunch in Birmingham, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. 

Kennedy is passionate about serving others through her music, both at church and around the community. She loves teaching and sharing what God has put in her heart with her students. Kennedy and her husband Bryan Kennedy, fourth horn of the DSO, are strongly committed to this orchestra and to this region. They believe in the future of this great organization and intend to work diligently to ensure that it remains the internationally renowned and artistically revered Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

Kennedy and Bryan live in Plymouth with their two beautiful children, Ethan and Lauren, as well as their two dogs, cat, hamsters, fish, and bunny. 

Alexander Kinmonth


Alexander Kinmonth has served as Principal Oboe (Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Chair) of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since his 2015 appointment by Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin. He can be heard on the DSO’s recordings of Tchaikovsky’s first, second, fourth, and sixth symphonies. Kinmonth is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera.

Kinmonth has performed as a guest musician with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on both oboe and english horn and with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. In the summer of 2022, Kinmonth participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, California, and the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. In previous summers, he has attended prestigious music festivals including Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival where he received a fellowship in 2014. He also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 2013.

Kinmonth is a winner of the Professional Musicians Club of Boston’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. During his time in New York, Kinmonth performed operas, orchestral works, and new music with the Juilliard Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors including James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Jaap van Zweden.

Aside from music, Kinmonth has also pursued athletic, social, and academic interests. He participated in the 2010 National Junior Olympics for fencing and enjoys soccer and downhill mountain biking. He is also the winner of a National Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Short Story category.

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