CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will present its annual summer concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy.
Directed by associate conductor Keitaro Harada, the concert, dubbed “Pops Favorites,” and featuring Associate Principal flutist Henrik Heide, the 0rchestra will deliver fan favorites from opera, Broadway and the movies like “The Secret Garden,” “Candide,” and “Porgy and Bess,” as well as pop favorites from today, and some of the nation’s collection of historic melodies.
Keitaro Harada Tokyo native and recognized at some of the highest levels for his intense passion and artistic abilities in the world of music, Keitaro Harada has brought a new kind of element to the Cincinnati Pops and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Currently in his first full season as associate conductor, Harada regularly assists with both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as the Cincinnati Pops, alongside assisting with the World Piano Competition and May Festival. He is also associate conductor for the Arizona Opera and Richmond Symphony.
Harada completed his formal conductor training at the University of Arizona under the watchful eyes of Thomas Cockrell and Charles Bontrager, among a plethora of other talented musicians including (but not limited to) Christoph von Dohnányi, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In 2013, Harada was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of only six conductors for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, allowing him to emerge to industry leaders and experienced conductors.organizations as a growing conductor in the business. As associate conductor for multiple orchestras, Harada’s schedule for the 2016 season looks promising, highlighted with an appearance at the Pacific Music Festival where he will make his debut with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic this fall. Heading into 2017. he will lead the world premiere of performances of Riders of the Purple Sage with the Arizona Opera.
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Concert is presented by The Troy Foundation and the city of Troy, and is open to the public at no charge.
More information at cincinnatipops.org.