Keitaro Harada, Mercer graduate and former conductor of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “From The Top” on June 17 and June 20. “From the Top” is the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary season, “From the Top” is heard on nearly 250 stations nationwide and taped before live audiences around the country. Broadcast from Ames, IA, the show aired nationally the week of June 14 and on participating stations and on www.FromtheTop.org. The episode was taped before a live audience at the Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, May 18. On the broadcast Harada performs Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley on piano.
Harada, who earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Mercer in 2007 and a Master of Music in Conducting in 2008, was first featured on the radio show in 2003 when he was a student at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. The 24-year-old conductor is currently the inaugural recipient of the James E. Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting Fellowship at the University of Arizona. His appointments include working with Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Symphony and University Philharmonic Orchestras. He recently served three seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra and was the conductor and founder of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer, Harada was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Music Center at the invitation of James Levine.