Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Opera Pops"

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Andy Gale, stage director
Ms. Teddy Kern, choreographer
Yan Li, guest pianist 

A program of music theater favorites, featuring the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists, with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. 


Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Jonathan Tunick: Overture to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)   [5’]

Cole Porter/Orch. Philip J. Lang: “Let’s do it, let’s fall in love” from Paris (1928)   [4’]

Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick/Orch. Don Walker & Frank Matosich, Jr.: “Vanilla ice cream” from She Loves Me (1963)   [6’]

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II/Arr. Robert Russell Bennett: “People will say we’re in love” from Oklahoma (1943)   [4’]

Leonard Bernstein & Betty Comden/Adolph Green/Orch. Ted Royal: “Lucky to be me” from On the Town (1949)   [5’]

Frank Loesser/Orch. George Bassman and Ted Royal: “Marry the man today” from Guys & Dolls (1950)   [4’]

Adapted by Roger Edens/Arr. Yan Li: “The boy next door” from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)   [5’]

Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe/Arr. Johnny Green: “I’ll go home with Bonnie Jean” from Brigadoon (1947)   [3’]

Lerner & Loewe/Arr. Johnny Green: “Get me to the church on time” from My Fair Lady (1956)   [5’]


Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Jonathan Tunick: “Getting Married Today” from Company (1970)   [4’]

Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Jonathan Tunick: “Agony” from Into the Woods (1987)   [4’]

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart/Orch. Don Walker: “To keep my love alive” from A Connecticut Yankee (1927)   [3’]

Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Jonathan Tunick: “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll Along (1981)   [5’]

Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Paul McKibbins: “Send in the clowns” from A Little Night Music (1973)   [5’]

Stephen Sondheim/Orch. Jonathan Tunick: “It Takes two” from Into the Woods (1987)   [4’]

Frank Loesser/Orch. George Bassman and Ted Royal: “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat” from Guys & Dolls (1950)   [4’]

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with a dynamic podium demeanor and a refined sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Seattle, Washington, D.C. (National Symphony Orchestra), Naples, Phoenix, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Costa Mesa (Pacific Symphony), Raleigh Durham (N. Carolina Symphony) and others.

Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Cincinnati, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisiana, Naples, New Mexico, San Francisco Ballet and Virginia.

He’s had the privilege to work with renowned artists such as Chris Botti, 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.

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.