Ray, Motown and Beyond
Artis—Naples Pops Series
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Ellis Hall, vocalist
Programming to be announced
Don’t miss former Tower of Power vocalist Ellis Hall, and his amazing five-octave range, as he takes a musical journey through the sounds of Ray Charles, Motown and more.
The Naples Philharmonic Pops series is generously endowed by Mike and Anne Armstrong.
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