Harada was at the podium, bouncing on the balls of his toes, flailing his arms in time to Bizet’s racing score. The Cincinnati Symphony associate conductor, leading without a score, pointed to his left and the violins came to life.

Harada opened Friday’s concert with Fauré’s “Masques et bergamasques,” the orchestra’s first time ever performing it. Harada brought out the quiet elegance of the French piece with delicate flourishes from the strings and winds.

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