Artis—Naples Holiday Favorite
An annual holiday tradition
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
James Cochran, chorus director
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Arrive early for holiday festivities
Celebrate the season with an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Youth Chorus. The program promises to remind us why music is such an important part of our year-end traditions. Powerhouse singer Carpathia Jenkins lends her vibrant vocals to our festive Holiday Pops.
Experience some of the most memorable music ever written as it was intended to be heard — in the company of friends, family and neighbors.
Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with an affable podium demeanor and a keen sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, Chafetz will be on the podium this season in Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Columbus, Jacksonville, Louisiana, Modesto and others. Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisiana, Naples, New Mexico, Phoenix, San Francisco Ballet and Virginia. He’s had the privilege to work with such renowned artists as George Benson, Richard Chamberlain, the Chieftains, Jennifer Holliday, John Denver, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hampson, Wynonna Judd, Jim Nabors, Randy Newman, Jon Kimura Parker and Bernadette Peters. He previously held posts as resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.
As principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony for 20 years, Chafetz would also conduct the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Hawaii and principals from the American Ballet Theatre. It was during that time that Chafetz led numerous concerts with the Maui Symphony and Pops.
Chafetz maintains an ongoing special relationship with the Naples Philharmonic and annually leads a variety of their concerts, including Holiday Pops and Patriotic Pops. In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in addition to his role as that orchestra’s timpanist. When not on the podium, Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco with his wife, Ann Krinitsky. Chafetz holds a bachelor’s in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s from the Eastman School of Music
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.