Brahms 4

Brahms 4
Conductor Stuart Chafetz and Pianist Soyeon Kate Lee

Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall

The HSO presents a lovely Mother’s Day program featuring the music of Mozart and Brahms. A Juilliard graduate, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee will make her HSO debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. The program concludes with Brahm’s beloved Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, among one of the darkest and deepest pieces written in the 19th century.

Concert Program

Mozart – Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart –
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E Minor

Stuart Chafetz, Conductor* POPS6_StuartChafetz(c)PatJohnson

John Nelson was previously scheduled to conduct. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, he is no longer able to conduct the Brahms 4 program. Stuart Chafetz, will be conducting in his place.

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 Naples, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Columbus, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Louisiana, Grand Rapids and others. Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisiana, Naples, New Mexico, Phoenix, 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.

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First prize winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean- American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has already been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” while The Washington Post has lauded her for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

Ms. Lee’s 2013/14 season highlights include performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Rose Studio, Kaplan Penthouse, as well as recitals in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Weill Recital Hall, and Steinway Society of the Bay Area. She tours as a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Wu Han, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Columbus Chamber Music Society, and Drew University. An active Naxos recording artist, her third CD featuring Liszt opera transcriptions will be released this season and records two albums featuring the music of Scriabin.

Ms. Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe, and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain,) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester, and Otto-Werner Mueller.



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