Schubert and Handel at Severance. Mozart and Bach at Blossom. Between the Cleveland Orchestra’s two programs this weekend, there’s no overlap beyond Haydn with principal cellist Mark Kosower.

Lucky for us, the programs do have one other important element in common: conductor Nicholas McGegan.

An early music specialist and the longtime director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan is truly one of the most animated figures on the podium today, more or less guaranteed to infuse whatever he touches with vital, electric energy.

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