Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Naples Philharmonic Pops
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Tamika Lawrence, vocalist
Coco Smith, vocalist
Blaine Krauss, vocalist
Programming to be announced.
Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin is a musical salute to the Queen of Soul and her impact on both music history and world events. Aretha Franklin lived the life of a legend, winning 18 Grammy Awards and appearing on the Billboard charts 112 times, making her the most-charted female artist in history. She was also the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and she was named the greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In addition to how she changed music history, Aretha Franklin also fought for civil rights and women’s rights. Her music, her activism, her faith and her strength are woven into the fabric of our nation's history.
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The Naples Philharmonic Pops series is generously endowed by Mike and Anne Armstrong.
Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
Meet the Musicians
Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Meet Andrey
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony. Chafetz, a conductor celebrated for his dynamic and engaging podium presence, is increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent. This season, Chafetz will be on the podium in Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Naples, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Vancouver. He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony, which he leads in multiple programs annually.
He’s had the privilege to work with renowned artists including Chris Botti, 2 Cellos, Hanson, Rick Springfield, Michael Bolton, Kool & The Gang, Jefferson Starship, America, Little River Band, Brian McKnight, 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 has led numerous Spring Ballet productions 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 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, California, 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.
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Tamika Lawrence was born in Columbus, Ohio and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 4. After receiving her MFA at the University of Arizona, Lawrence move to New York City to pursue her career in music and acting. She made her off-Broadway debut in 2011 for the revival of Rent and since then has appeared in a variety of Broadway productions, television shows and films.
Lawrence’s Broadway credits include appearances in The Book of Mormon, Matilda, If/Then, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Rent and The Tempest. Film credits include The Greatest Showman, Love the Coopers, White Girl and Breakable You. On television, she has appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods, Show Me a Hero, Vinyl and others.
As a recording artist, Lawrence released her debut personal album, Two Faced, in 2019. She can also be heard in the original Broadway cast recordings of Matilda and If/Then as well as the original film soundtrack of Love the Coopers.
Coco Smith is thrilled to be part of Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, having spent the last few years traveling the world with the national and international tours of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon. Since she was selected as one of Broadway’s Rising Stars in 2015, Smith has starred in numerous regional productions, including Oklahoma! with Weston Playhouse, Sideshow and Children of Eden with Near West Theatre and made a return appearance in the 2016 edition of Broadway’s Rising Stars at the historic Town Hall in the heart of Times Square. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
Blaine Krauss is a talented actor and vocalist from New York City. His Broadway credits include Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, The Cher Show and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.