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Summer heat: Versatile CSO, with Chafetz  takes on Broadway, pop classics

Summer heat: Versatile CSO, with Chafetz takes on Broadway, pop classics

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.

Grab Bag: Chafetz, DeSare, CSO prepare diverse, patriotic repertoire for annual Independence Day celebration

Grab Bag: Chafetz, DeSare, CSO prepare diverse, patriotic repertoire for annual Independence Day celebration

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.”

Chafetz featured in Lazarus series

Chafetz featured in Lazarus series

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.