Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Independence Day Celebration”

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Michael Preacely, baritone

Independence Day Pops: Selections from Broadway, Movies and Patriotic Tunes!

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Stuart Chafetz is the newly appointed 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 and this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Naples, Philly Pops, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Vancouver.  He enjoys a special relationship with The Phoenix Symphony where he leads multiple programs annually.

He’s had the privilege to work with renowned artists including Chris Botti, 2 Cellos, Hanson, Rick Springfield, Michael Bolton, 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 twenty 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's 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, 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.

 Michael Preacely, baritone

American baritone Michael Preacely is increasingly known for his stirring vocal prowess and versatility. Crossing genres with ease, he commands the roles of Scarpia in Tosca, Ford in Falstaff, Marcello in La Boheme, High Priest in Samson and Delilah, Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, and Porgy and Jake in Porgy and Bess. His repertoire embraces classical, pop, contemporary, gospel, and musical theater.

On the opera stage, Michael has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opéra de Montréal, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Boheme Opera of New Jersey. He recently completed a European tour of Porgy and Bess receiving accolades for his performance of both Porgy and Jake and a tour of Russia with New York-based Opera Noire.  His symphonic performances include Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Fireland Symphony, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, St. Petersburgh (Russia) Symphony, Moscow Radio Symphony, Greater Trenton Choral Society, and international tours with the renowned American Spiritual Ensemble.

A recipient of numerous vocal honors, Mr. Preacely was awarded a scholarship to the International Vocal Arts Institute where he studied with Joan Dornemann and the VOICExperience Foundation where he studied with Sherrill Milnes. He was the First Place Graduate Winner in the 2010 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and award recipient in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition (Artist Division), the Fritz and Jensen Vocal Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.