Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

July 23, 2022

REVIEW: MOSSO, “The Return of the Rhodes”

Springfeld Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA
July 21, 2022
by Kathleen Andrew

Under the direction of conductor Kevin Rhodes, the MOSSO ensemble recently performed an ambitious program of classical music and movie themes by composer John Williams. Selections ranged from the pulsing lyricism of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, to Williams' heart-racing “Flying Theme” from E.T. Other selections included Stravinsky's “The Firebird Suite” and excerpts from Williams' themes for Superman and Harry Potter.

Yevgeny Kutik
The concert featured world renowned violinist Yevgeny Kutik. He expertly cajoled plaintive strains from his violin while performing “Meditation” from Thaïs, by Massenet. His playing of three pieces from Schindler’s List was a reminder of his role as an advocate for refugees. A native of Minsk, Belarus, he immigrated to the United States at age five and grew up in Pittsfield, MA. In a tribute to his mother, a music teacher, he wrote,

“Truly, the future of art, music, humanity is being built right now at a local public school near you.” Mr. Kutik, winner of many prestigious awards, is also a thoughtful son.

“Return of the Rhodes” is a prophesy, not just a title. Although Maestro Rhodes has been named conductor of the National Opera and Ballet in Slovakia, he has agreed to return as artistic advisor to the MOSSO. His exuberant style captivates audiences, and he is regarded with affection and admiration.

The thunderous applause of 800 people in Symphony Hall prompted an encore, Williams' “Imperial March” from Star Wars. Maestro Rhodes and the MOSSO musicians deserve high praise. Forte shouts of “Bravo” still echo in galaxies far away.