Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts looks ahead to 75th anniversary

Posted on: June 11, 2019

“With the echoes of its 75th Anniversary Season still ringing through Symphony Hall, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra is forging ahead into its 76th year with an exciting array of classical and popular performances sure to delight concertgoers of all ages and musical tastes,” writes Clifton Noble, Jr. in Tuesday’s (6/11) MassLive.com (Massachusetts). “Guest artists range from former SSO Music Director Mark Russell Smith and young violin virtuoso Angelo Xiang Yu to the internationally famous Young@Heart Chorus. Maestro Kevin Rhodes has selected a fistful of favorites like Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Orff’s Carmina Burana, and has sprinkled in some less familiar repertoire like Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Bloch’s Schelomo (with returning guest cello soloist Julian Schwarz), and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams.” The orchestra celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday by playing one of the master’s compositions on each classical concert in 2020. Rather than programming the expected symphonies, Rhodes has selected rarities, what he called ‘light’ Beethoven, for the first part of the celebration. Capitalizing on the success of similar concerts during the current season, Rhodes will also emcee and conduct pops concerts centering on Broadway musicals and film scores.”

Posted June 11, 2019