SPRINGFIELD – The musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, who staged a successful concert at Symphony Hall in October, will return downtown for a performance on Saturday, March 26, in addition to their ongoing chamber concert series at Westfield Athenaeum.
MOSSO was formed by the musicians amid a protracted labor dispute with the board of directors of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The musicians have been without a contract since August 2020. Following an unfair labor complaint filed by the union with the National Labor Relations Board, the parties have agreed to a settlement in which the SSO Board of Directors has paid $276,000 to the musicians and two shows were scheduled for later. this spring.
The musicians’ performance at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. is titled “MOSSO’s Virtuosos.” It will feature a chamber orchestra made up of principal performers and other members of the symphony, some of whom will be featured as soloists and conductors. Proceeds from the concert will be used to produce additional concerts, including a June evening at Symphony Hall celebrating the music of the late Stephen Sondheim. MOSSO concerts are not affiliated with SSO.
Trumpeter Thomas Bergeron and timpanist Martin Kluger will share the direction.
“We wanted to choose repertoire that would showcase the breadth of talent within our ranks, showcasing the musicians in a way unique to more traditional SSO gigs,” Bergeron said.
He added: “We didn’t want to schedule an event that would compete with the upcoming SSO events in April and May. We hope that this event will complement these events and serve as an appetizer. The musicians are thrilled to offer Springfield music lovers something fresh and new with this pay-per-view program.
On the program, flautist Ann Bobo as soloist in Gabriel Faure’s Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra, Bergeron as soloist in the opening movement of Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet, trombonist Brian Diehl as soloist in Léopold’s Concerto for Alto Trombone Mozart and percussionist Nathan Lasell as soloist in two movements of Concerto No. 1 for marimba and orchestra by Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro. According to Beth Welty, president of MOSSO and violinist, the performance of the Concerto Marimba will be dedicated to the memory of SSO percussionist Warren Myers and his late wife Marlene.
In addition to the concerto movements, MOSSO will play the first movement of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.
True to 18th century practice, Bergeron will conduct and play the Haydn Trumpet Concerto movement. He will also lead the MOSSO ensemble in the Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, a compendium of Stravinsky’s ballet of the same name, first performed by the Boston Symphony in 1922. The Suite highlights the instruments of the orchestra in brilliant solos and idiomatic. Kluger will conduct the other works on the program, including the rather rare Concerto by Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang’s father), written around the time of his famous son’s birth, and the Concerto by Rosauro Marimba, which has been performed by over 3000 orchestras around the world. the world, and is known as the most popular marimba concerto of all time!
According to violinist Robert Lawrence, 41 musicians have been signed up for the March 26 concert and there are approximately 60 minutes of music left to play.
“Our players will be using a portion of their settlement compensation (NLRB) as a ‘provision’ for this gig,” Lawrence said. “MOSSO will have to pay a handful of subscribers who are not SSO members.”
He noted that the musicians were “receiving generous financial and tactical assistance from Mayor Domenic Sarno and his staff at City Hall.” Music for Life International, Gerry’s Music Shop in South Hadley and others made donations to make the evening possible, he said.
Tickets for the March 26 show, general admission, are $20. General admission to the Producers Circle in the Center Orchestra and Grand Center Sections is $30. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no door-to-door sales. Masks will be required inside Symphony Hall.
For details and reservations, visit SpringfieldSymphonyMusicians.com
MOSSO has undertaken a series of three chamber music concerts at the Westfield Athenaeum. The first was set for March 10
On April 14, the MOSSO wind quintet and its friends (Ann Bobo, flute; Nancy Dimock, oboe; Ian Greitzer, clarinet; Ron Haroutunian, bassoon; and Robert Marlatt, French horn, will perform works by Danzi, Chrétien, Milhaud and Stravinsky.
A third show is scheduled for May 12.
Tickets for these concerts are also $20 and must be purchased in advance either at the Athenaeum during opening hours or online at westath.org