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Richmond Symphony features new performers with Prizery appearance / May 13, 2015
The Richmond Symphony will be performing on The Prizery stage in South Boston Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Keitaro Harada will be making his Prizery debut as the new associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony . He is increasingly recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities. A student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival, recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview and the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Harada’s credentials are exemplary and, at the age of 29, his achievements are those of a seasoned conductor.

Harada began his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony in the fall of 2014. In his continuing position of Associate Conductor for Arizona Opera, he leads their production of La fille du régiment in the spring of 2015. This season also held Mr. Harada’s Japan debut in December with the New Japan Philharmonic.

2013, Harada was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of only six conductors for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, a prestigious showcase that occurs biennially in an effort to promote gifted, emerging conductors to orchestra industry leaders.

The program will feature works from Weber, Gounod, Rossini, Mozart, Offenbach and Bizet.

In addition, lyric soprano Shannon Jennings will sing “Ah! Je Veux vivre” from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and Mozart’s “Come scoglio: from Cosi fan Tutte. In addition, Jennings will sing Bizet’s “Je dis que rien ne m’epouvant” from Carmen.

Jennings has been described as “a lilting voice that tugs at the heartstrings.” Fourth Prize winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, her recent performances include Mimì in La bohème with DC Public Opera, the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah as a young artist with Ash Lawn Opera, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Florida Opera Theatre. A graduate of Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, she was recently seen as Josephine in HMS Pinafore, where she was praised for her effervescence and glittering high notes.

Other residencies have included the Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Lyric Opera Virginia, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany, where she began her career singing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. A native of Central Florida, she is a graduate of Florida State University. She currently studies with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop.

For tickets, call the Box-office at 434-572-8339 or purchase online at

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