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POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genesis and Phil Collins

Stuart Chafetz, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 6-8, 2020
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Aaron Finley, vocalist 

Brook Wood, vocalist

Brian Kushmaul, percussionist

His unforgettable drum crescendos with the megaband Genesis made an indelible mark on the ‘70s. His solo work, often with vibrant video, television or film aspects, defined the ‘80s—earning him two GRAMMY Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three ASCAPs, two BMIs and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Philly remembers Phil Collins as the only performer to play both London and Philadelphia for the historic LIVE AID show in 1985.  

Philly’s Biggest Rock Band turns up the volume with frequent guest conductor and rock specialist Stuart Chafetz in this tribute to an icon—featuring Broadway rock 'n’ roll headliner Aaron Finley from “Rock of Ages” and “Kinky Boots” with acclaimed percussionist and Temple University graduate Brian Kushmaul.  It’s “One More Night,” “Two Hearts,” “Another Day In Paradise,” and the unforgettable “In The Air Tonight.”  

GRAMMY Awards: 5 Nominations, 2 Wins 
Academy Awards: 2 Nominations, 1 Win 
Golden Globe Awards: 3 Nominations, 2 Wins 

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Guest Artists
Stuart Chafetz

Stuart Chafetz, guest conductor


Stuart Chafetz is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Columbus Symphony and the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Marin 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, 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.

Aaron Finley

Aaron Finley, vocalist


Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Aaron C. Finley’s career has spanned from coast to coast as a professional actor and singer. Educated at Pacific Lutheran University in Seattle, he quickly became at top-tier talent in the Pacific Northwest, appearing in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar(Jesus/Judas), Rent (Roger), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Hairspray (Link Larkin), It Shoulda Been You (Greg Madison). Among his other regional roles, Aaron originated the role of Billy in the new musical Diner, based on the Barry Levinson film, with music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow and direction by Kathleen Marshall.

Aaron made his Broadway debut in 2013, starring as Drew Boley in Rock of Ages. Next, he took over the role of Brian Howard in It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce. He most recently was seen in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots as leading man, Charlie Price.  Among his other work in New York, he participated in a lab production of George Takei’s Broadway musical, Allegiance as well as other workshops and readings of new works. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @aaroncfinley and aaroncfinley.com.

Brook Wood, vocalist


Brook Wood is a singer based in New York City. She is currently touring with some of Broadway's best singers in Neil Berg's "50 Years of Rock and Roll" all over the country. She originated the role of JP Morgan in the Adirondack Theatre Festival's production of "Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat" as well as the role of Molly in Jeremy Schonfeld and Emily Goodson's rock musical "SPUN."  She was also seen in the PATH Fund's "Rockers on Broadway" at Le Poisson Rouge benefiting Tom Kitt. Upon moving to New York in 2013 she set sail onboard Holland America Line's ms. Westerdam as a principal singer. She is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University. Instagram: @browood

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POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genisis and Phil Collins
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  • POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genisis and Phil Collins
  • POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genisis and Phil Collins
  • POPS Rocks Phil Collins: The Music of Genisis and Phil Collins