Symphony of Illusions
with Michael Grandinetti
Naples Philharmonic Pops
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Michael Grandinetti, illusionist
You won’t believe your eyes! Master illusionist Michael Grandinetti defies reality in a mind-bending display of grand illusions.
One of the most innovative and exciting magicians of our time, Grandinetti has performed for live audiences all over the country, and his illusions have been featured in countless televised performances — including the internationally broadcasted Masters of Illusion television show. His daring acts push the boundary of the magician’s craft, and he has a penchant for performing on daringly unusual stages, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and several Super Bowl stadiums.
His visit to Hayes Hall includes a roster of nail-biting illusions — including making a table fly and sawing the conductor in half — as the Naples Philharmonic presents a program of symphonic favorites to complement the performance.
Music and Museum
Naples Philharmonic Pops tickets include same-day admission to The Baker Museum. Museum hours on day of performance: 10am-8pm. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall will open 60 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the exhibitions and light fare available at Heidi's Place.
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
Artistic and Music Director Designate Meet Alexander
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Artistic Partner Meet James
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Assistant Conductor Meet Alvin
Stuart Chafetz is the principal pops conductor of the Columbus Symphony and principal pops conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Marin Symphony. Chafetz, a conductor celebrated for his dynamic and engaging podium presence, is increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent and, this season, he will be on the podium in Detroit, Fort Worth, Naples, Buffalo, North Carolina and Seattle. He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony, where he leads multiple programs annually.
Chafetz has had the privilege to work with renowned artists including Leslie Odom, Jr.; En Vogue; Kenny G; David Foster with Katharine McPhee; The O'Jays; Chris Botti; 2CELLOS; 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.
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.