This Friday, June 12, at noon Tucson time, join your conductor José Luis Gomez as he talks with Keitaro Harada. Keitaro Harada is a frequent Tucson Symphony Orchestra guest conductor and former UArizona Wildcat. The two conductors are going to watch and discuss a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni from across the globe. They will take your questions too! Here’s a little more from Keitaro about the live stream:
“The concept of this show is to bring in an artist each episode and have a conversation with the artist about a performance we will ALL watch & listen together. The live component is very important because I encourage the viewers to comment and ask questions to the artist. I am looking forward to having Maestro Gomez as a guest on Friday and to share the time with our friends in Tucson. From Japan, Spain, and the United States, we will have an international dialogue on Friday at noon.”
José Luis is passionate about about Don Giovanni:
“Don Giovanni is that masterpiece that every conductor wants and need to go through in their career. I personally enjoy conducting opera a lot, especially the famous ones written by Mozart with Da Ponte librettos, such as Don Giovanni. It is because, apart from the greatness of the music itself, it’s also the perfect marriage between the words and the music: they link so perfectly together making the action so fluid and smooth that you feel your are being taken by a magic spell. I also remember conducting a full run of Don Giovanni in Italy just when I came to conduct the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time back in 2014. Furthermore, conducting that opera is how I met my fiancée, the soprano Federica Lombardi, which is a great memory that this opera brings back to me!”
You can catch this interactive talk on Facebook or YouTube.