Musicians from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will play a free concert on 15 October at Symphony Hall in Springfield NH, after a dispute with the orchestra’s management over a new contract did nit lead anywhere constructive.

The musicians have formed an independent group, The Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MOSSO), which they say is dedicated to promoting live symphonic and chamber music in the region. For the October concert, allegedly a $30,000 production, MOSSO has searched for grants and donations. Their conductor, Kevin Rhodes, is flying in at his own expense from Slovakia, where he’s currently working. After 20 years with SSO, his contract was not renewed this spring, and the SSO has no music director at present.

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