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Berkeley Symphony Pulls Off Dramatic Program of Saints and Sinners

Feb 5th, 2018

The San Francisco Classical Voice has published a review of Keitaro’s debut with the Berkeley Symphony

Although his Symphonie fantastique was written just a few years after the death of Beethoven, Berlioz’s imagination resonates as timeless, arguably almost psychedelic, particularly in this piece. Harada and his orchestra appeared visibly delighted to be bringing this into play…
The sadness stays in the sound of the stand-alone oboe at the start of the “Scene in the Countryside,” and Harada confidently refrained from rushing any part of this pastoral movement, an homage to Beethoven’s Sixth…
The concluding “Witches’ Sabbath” was rendered marvelously macabre, all of the composer’s shades and effects magically and memorably delivered by Harada and his orchestral conspirators.

To read the complete review, please click here.