Music of the Knights
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin — Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
McCartney — Maybe I'm Amazed
Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin — Crocodile Rock
Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin — Your Song
Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin — Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Paul and Linda McCartney — Live and Let Die
Lennon and McCartney — Hey Jude
Andrew Lloyd Webber — “Memory” from Cats
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice — “Buenos Aires” from Evita
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice — “Gethsemane” from Jesus Christ Superstar
The classic hits of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber round out a rocking program that’s fit for a king. You’ll hear Hey Jude, Crocodile Rock, Live and Let Die, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Memory and many more smashing songs.
The Naples Philharmonic Pops series is generously endowed by Mike and Anne Armstrong.
Stuart Chafetz is the newly appointed principal pops conductor of the Columbus Symphony. Chafetz, a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and a refined sense of audience engagement, is increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent. This season, Chafetz will be on the podium in Seattle; Detroit; Naples; Phoenix; Cincinnati; Milwaukee; Vancouver; and many more.
He’s had the privilege to work with renowned artists such as Chris Botti; 2Cellos; Michael Bolton; America; Roberta Flack; 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. He annually leads the Spring Ballet at the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
In the summers, Chafetz spends his time at the Chautauqua Institution, where he conducts the annual Fourth of July and Opera Pops. Chafetz makes his home near San Francisco, CA, with his wife, Ann Krinitsky. Chafetz holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a master’s from the Eastman School of Music.