Symphonic Series
February 1, 2018 , 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Tickets start at $15

Music of the heavens and hell. Fauré’s setting of paraphrased sacred texts is paired with Bay Area composer Gordon Getty’s cantata, inspired by the canonized Joan of Arc. The work has been performed widely since its 1998 premiere, notably in a 2004 revival in St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. Soprano Lisa Delan has enjoyed international acclaim since performing the title role in the world premiere. The program concludes with Berlioz’s obsessive and hallucinatory masterpiece.

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6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk begins
8:00 pm – Concert begins

*To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.

About Guest Conductor Keitaro Harada


Download the program notes for this concert: Symphonic III: Getty & Berlioz

Hear the phenomenal voice of Lester Lynch

Listen to Executive Director René Mandel’s Pre-concert Playlist 

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Gordon Getty: Joan and the Bells
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Keitaro Harada, Guest Conductor
Lisa Delan, Soprano
Lester Lynch, Baritone
Eric Choate, Chorusmaster

About the Artists
Lisa Delan

American soprano Lisa Delan has won acclaim as an interpreter of a vast range of repertoire and is recognized for her versatility and breadth of accomplishment in opera, song, and recording.

Lester Lynch

Lester Lynch, an established dramatic baritone, is making his mark in some of the world’s leading opera houses. Known for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice, he is receiving rave reviews as he masters some of the most important baritone roles from Scarpia to Rigoletto to Count di Luna.

Eric Choate

In the summer of 2016, Eric prepared the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the SF Symphony, and in 2017, returned to conduct the off-stage women for Holst's "The Planets." He is Assistant Director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which recently involved a collaboration with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra for performances of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms. For three years, Eric was Assistant Conductor of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; highlights of this engagement included conducting a performance of Verdi's Requiem in Ypres, Belgium with the West-Flanders Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting such works as Dvorak's "Stabat Mater," Cherubini's Requiem, and Britten's "War Requiem." Eric currently serves as Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco.

Gordon Getty

The music of the American composer Gordon Getty has been widely performed in North America and Europe in such prestigious venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Vienna’s Brahmssaal, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and Bolshoi Theatre, as well as at the Aspen, Spoleto, and Bad Kissingen Festivals. In 1986, he was honored as an Outstanding American Composer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and he was awarded the 2003 Gold Baton of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Keitaro Harada

Conductor Keitaro Harada continues to be recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities and passion for musical excellence. As a three-time recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award (2014, 2015, 2016), Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview (2013), the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, a student of Lorin Maazel at Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at Pacific Music Festival, Harada’s credentials are exemplary.

In his third season as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops, Harada regularly assists Music Director Louis Langrée, conducts the CSO, POPS, and assists James Conlon and Juanjo Mena for the May Festival. Keitaro also holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Arizona Opera.

With a growing schedule as an international guest conductor, Harada’s recent and coming seasons mark several high-profile engagements including an invitation from Valery Gergiev to serve on the faculty of the 2018 Pacific Music Festival, debuts with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, as well as Fort Worth Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, and Music in the Mountains Festival in the USA. Most recently, he conducted Song from the Uproar for Cincinnati Opera and a run of Bizet’s Carmen for Bulgaria Sofia Opera that will reprise with a Japan tour of the same production later in 2018. Keitaro returns to Suntory Hall with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2018.

Getty & Berlioz, Feb 1