Last Thursday, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists began to sit down one-by-one in Carol Rausch’s office for their end-of-the-season exit interviews.
At 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amp, he’s using those frequent flier miles to spirit the Chautauqua Opera Company on sojourn to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as they rendezvous with the CSO to highlight the work of Broadway legends Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
At 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater, the entire ensemble of Apprentice and Studio artists will be waving goodbye to Chautauqua via a grand concert that features the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
While the eyes of the audience will be locked on the stage Saturday during Madam Butterfly, their ears will be taking in the sound of the production’s orchestral band.
Chautauquans will hear the drums of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra echoing at 8 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater as CSO principal timpanist Stuart Chafetz leads the the first of two symphony pops concerts.
This summer marks the fourth year that William Freyd and his wife, Diane Jones Carlson, have supported a Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Community Appreciation Night.
Picture an orchestral conductor. Maybe an old man with white hair comes to mind, with the appearance and stoicism of the Queen’s Guard outside Buckingham Palace as he signals instructions to the musicians with every thrust of the baton. Stuart Chafetz not only doesn’t fit this mold, he’s created a new one all his own.
The weather may be cool, but the Chautauqua Opera Company Young Artists and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will heat up the Amphitheater Saturday night with hot Broadway and pop tunes, all about summer.
“Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “Summer in Ohio” from The Last Five Years and “Too Darn Hot” from Kiss Me, Kate are just some of the selections the Young Artists and the CSO will perform, starting at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night in the Amp. The program will be conducted by Stuart Chafetz, CSO principal timpanist and guest conductor.
Stuart Chafetz may be the only conductor who visits Sam’s Club once a year to buy 15,000 paper bags.
“[The cashiers] kind of look at me funny, like, ‘What’s this for? Boy, is this for camp?’ ” Chafetz said. “I just usually say, ‘Yeah, a lot of mouths to feed.’ We always have plenty of paper bags — the ushers hand you your program plus three paper bags.”
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra principal timpanist and frequent guest conductor Stuart Chafetz will be the featured speaker for the Hebrew Congregation’s Shirley Lazarus Sunday Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary.
Chafetz has served as principal timpanist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 1997. This year, he guest conducted the annual Independence Day concert, which he has done for the past nine years, as well as the Opera Pops concert in August.