In Sunday’s (4/3) Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), Ray Kelly reports, “Kevin Rhodes inked a new contract Saturday night that keeps him at the helm of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for the next three years. The three-year extension was announced before the start of the symphony’s concert, which also marked Rhodes’ 10th year as its music director and his 30th year as a conductor. Trustees president Thomas R. Creed made the announcement. … In addition to his work in Springfield, Rhodes is also musical director of the Traverse City Orchestra in Michigan and director of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston. Prior to coming to Springfield, he conducted in Europe, where he led the Vienna State Opera and conducted the Paris Opera and La Scala in Milan. Earlier this year, Rhodes was a finalist to lead the Hartford Symphony Orchestra—a position he publicly maintained he would not accept if it precluded remaining with the Springfield Symphony. Rhodes, who has often spoken of his fondness for the SSO and the community, said he is honored trustees chose to extend his contract.”

Posted April 4, 2011