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A Note from Kevin Rhodes

SSO Music Director

I hope everyone has had a good start to their fall activities. As for me, I look forward to the SSO returning to Symphony Hall on October 2nd. This begins my 10th Season here in Springfield. To start this fantastic season, I've selected a program of music very close to me.

Our Opening Night features Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous 2nd Symphony and Samuel Barber’s amazing Piano Concerto. Our originally scheduled pianist, Norman Krieger, unfortunately had to cancel his appearance with us at the last moment. But, we have found an incredibly gifted pianist, Christopher Atzinger, to play this virtuosic work. If you go to my podcast you can find out all about the concert and the music with this Season’s series of “Behind the Music” podcasts.

About the Coming Season

By Kevin Rhodes

It is with the greatest of excitement that I invite you to be a part of my 10th season as Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra! I cannot believe that time has flown so quickly, but the calendar doesn't lie.

This season will also mark another anniversary for me: in April I will be celebrating 30 years as a conductor. So, with all of that in mind, I decided to choose some of my favorite pieces for you. Many are big selections that the orchestra and I have performed before. Others are selections I've wanted to bring to Springfield, and now have that opportunity. Among them are two wonderful piano concertos, one by Barber and the other a brilliant and little known gem by Dvorak.

Come April, I'll celebrate my 30th anniversary as a conductor with a program that's very special to me. Music of the Ballet will evoke the work I do with the major ballet companies of Europe. We'll present Stravinksy's Petroushka, the infamous Sabre Dance, and my own Symphonic Suite from Tchaikovsky's masterpiece of ballet, Sleeping Beauty.

Prepare for high-energy Pops performances as well! A full season of pure nostalgia with the return of Motown. Then, I'm happy to say, I'll be home for the holidays and returning to the podium to conduct both Holiday Concerts. I also will be conducting a tribute to the Oscars and rocking with hits that topped the Billboard charts from the 1960s to the 70s. We can all feel young again!

See you at the symphony,

s/Kevin Rhodes









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