“Less than two weeks after the unionized Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra staged a successful concert at Symphony Hall, the group has announced plans for future performances; received nonprofit, tax-deductible status from the IRS; and collected $40,000 from more than 120 donors,” writes Clifton Noble Jr. in Wednesday’s (10/27) Republican (Springfield, MA). “The musicians union and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra board of directors have been locked in a labor dispute for more than a year. The Oct. 15 performance organized by the union was the first concert by the musicians at Symphony Hall in 19 months …under the direction of longtime maestro Kevin Rhodes…. Martin Kluger, principal timpanist, … said he and his fellow musicians are hopeful that the SSO will schedule concerts for a 2021-22 season while working toward an agreement with the musicians and Rhodes…. SSO management stated, ‘By all accounts the October 15th concert seems to have been a success, and we appreciate that the public came out in support of live symphonic music. Otherwise, the SSO continues to pursue a contract agreement with the musicians’ union to achieve a return to the concert stage and scheduled performances.’ A COVID-adjusted capacity audience of 1,300 listeners attended the MOSSO performance.”