Ray, Motown and Beyond
Artis—Naples Pops Series
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Ellis Hall, vocalist
Beethoven and Murphy orch. Tyzik — A Fifth of Beethoven
Holland, Dozier and Holland orch. Tyzik — How Sweet It Is
Ashford and Simpson arr. Hall/orch. Tyzik — Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Stevie Wonder — My Cherie Amour
Ellis Hall orch. Tyzik — Some Days Were Meant for Rain
Whitfield and Strong orch. Tyzik — I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Jordan orch. Tyzik — Let the Good Times Roll
Mayfield — Hit the Road Jack
Sharp and Powell orch. Tyzik — Unchain My Heart
Carmichael and Gorrell — Georgia On My Mind
Ellis Hall arr. Hall and Blumberg/orch. Tyzik — Girl, You’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Walker and Charles orch. Tyzik — You Don’t Know Me
Charles orch. Tyzik — Hallelujah I Love Her So
Gibson orch. Tyzik — I Can’t Stop Loving You
Charles orch. Tyzik — What’d I Say?
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.
Friday night's performance is underwritten by William and Lynda Steere. 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.
When the Ellis Hall Group opened for Tower of Power, he astounded every member. Leader Emilio Castillo begged Hall on four separate occasions to join T.O.P., each time for a different axe. After relocating to California in the early `80s, Hall finally joined, documented on the LP Power, which included the funky single/video “Credit” and the bittersweet ballad “Some Days Were Meant For Rain.” Hall sang and composed the latter dedicated to a former manager that was having marriage problems. The couple heard it and stayed together for 35 years.
As a session musician and featured artist, Hall performed on records with artists such as John Klemmer, Carl Anderson, Larry Dunn and Kenny G, the latter with whom he scored a top-15 R&B hit with “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” from the multi-platinum Duotones (Arista Records, `86). Hall also sang on films such as The Lion King 2; Shrek 2; Chicken Run; Invincible; and Bruce Almighty. He appeared as an actor in Big Momma’s House and Catch Me If You Can.
Hall met his greatest inspiration, Ray Charles, in 2001 at a Christmas party. “Ironically, I was playing ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’” Hall quips. Charles sent for Hall to come to his table, where he said, “Who are you and why have I not heard of you until now?” Charles signed Hall to his Crossover Records label in 2002, mentoring him at his famous RPM Studios. Sadly, when Hall’s record was set for release in 2004, Charles passed away, but not before advising him that he needed to get on the symphony show circuit. Hall had his first performance with an orchestra in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl and has since performed with prestigious orchestras internationally, including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. Hall’s first concept show was Ray, Motown and Beyond.