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POPS Rocks Hollywood: Bohemian Rhapsody, Rock of Ages & Tommy

Stuart Chafetz, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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May 19-21, 2023
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Fri, May 19, 2023
8 PM
8 PM
Sat, May 20, 2023
3 PM
3 PM
Sun, May 21, 2023
3 PM
3 PM

Bryce Ryness, vocalist
Julie Reiber, vocalist

Music from the movies that tell the tale of rock and roll!

Our favorite conductor/ drummer Stuart Chafetz is back! And this time, he’s bringing a list of the best tunes from the best movies ever made about his favorite topic, rock! With shredding guitars and thundering drums, the sounds of the great rock operas hit the silver screen for blockbuster hits with the music of Queen, The Who, and more!

Plus, the return of Bryce Ryness, who last stormed the audience at the Kimmel with the music of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, coupled with the POPS debut of Broadway star Julie Reiber! It’s two power vocalists to get you on your feet! Hits include, “Somebody to Love,” “Tommy Overture,” “Harden My Heart,” “The Power of Love,” and more!

Guest Artists

Bryce Ryness, vocalist


Bryce Ryness was last seen on Broadway in Matilda after originating the role of ‘Miss Trunchbull’ on the first national tour. He thrilled audiences and garnered critical praise for his unique interpretation of an extraordinary character.

Originally from California, Bryce Ryness traded coasts in 2006 to pursue his Broadway dreams. Since making "the move," he's appeared on The Great White Way in First Date, Leap of Faith, the 2009 Tony Award-winning revival of Hair at the Hirschfeld Theater (where he received a Drama Desk nomination for 'Best Featured Actor in a Musical') and Legally Blonde at the Palace. 

Off-Broadway, he’s premiered/originated roles in Milburn/Vigoda’s Long Story Short with Prospect Theater Company, Fly By Night, See Rock City & Other Destinations, Around The World in 80 Days and Crossing Brooklyn. Outside of New York, he's originated roles in the compelling Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter Theater & La Jolla Playhouse), Floyd Collins (Los Angeles premiere) and Cabaret (Reprise Theater Co., LA). He also led the national touring company of Rent in 2006, playing ‘Roger’. 

With his band, Ryness, he's written and recorded two albums, available on iTunes. On Film: Tangled. On TV: Law & Order: SVU, Peter Pan Live!, It Could Be Worse, Political Animals, Just For Kicks, Late Show, and Tonight Show. Finally, Bryce has sung backup for international recording artists Josh Groban, Roger Daltrey and Sarah Brightman.

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Chautauqua and Marin Symphonies. 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, Cincinnati Pops, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Winnipeg. 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, Kool & The Gang, Jefferson Starship, 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.