Harada to lead Savannah Philharmonic

Keitaro Harada, the former associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, has been named music and artistic director of the Savannah Philharmonic in Georgia. The Tokyo-born Harada succeeds Peter Shannon, who became the first conductor of the orchestra, organized in 2009, several years after the demise of the Savannah Orchestra.

Harada, who has been serving as associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops for the past four years, was added to a field of candidates to lead the Savannah Philharmonic after Shannon abruptly resigned in February, the Savannah Morning News’ Joshua Peacock reports: