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Home for the Holidays

Sponsored by First Tennessee Foundation Stuart Chafetz, conductor Dee Donasco, vocalist CSO Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director Metropolitan Bells, Gary Bynum, director 'Tis the season! Celebrate the holidays at the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s annual family tradition, Home for the Holidays. Enjoy all of your favorite holiday classics in a fun and festive atmosphere. The CSO will be joined by the CSO Chorus, Metropolitan Bells, guest vocalist Dee Donasco, and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz to bring you classical hymns and holiday hits including: Let it Snow, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy, Oh Holy Night, and more. Photos with Santa are part of the festivities. Join the CSO for this one-of-a-kind holiday event!

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.

Dee Donasco, vocalist

Award winning Philippine-born soprano, Dee Donasco has attracted attention in the classical and musical theatre world with a voice that is versatile, clear, and rich in tone, which she combines with elegant legato phrasing, impeccable coloratura along with her irresistibly engaging personality and compelling commitment to character on stage. Equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital, and accomplished in works ranging from baroque to modern contemporary, she brings rewarding vocal and dramatic range to her work, as The Dallas Morning News writes of her performance with Voices of Change: “What made the experience riveting was soprano Dee Donasco’s amazing singing. She negotiated wide leaps with uncanny precision — indeed, artistry — with an enameled tone of real beauty.” She made her international debut in September 2016 on a concert tour of Ireland. Recent guest artist engagements include her debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for the sold out Valentine's “Pops In Love” concerts appearing alongside Broadway star, John Cudia, performances of John Adams' Grand Pianola Music with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Foundation Holiday Celebration, Holiday Concert with Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and critically acclaimed performances as the title role in Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne and Alba in Rodriguez' La Curandera with Opera Piccola San Antonio. Dee earned her Master's degree in Music and Performance Diploma at Southern Methodist University with a full scholarship. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. Since 2012, she has served as Adjunct Professor of Voice and Lyric Theater Director at the University of Dallas where she has directed musical theater revues, Schönberg and Boublil’s Les Misérables, Menotti's The Telephone and Bernstein's Candide.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018 07:30 PM
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