Kevin Rhodes
conductor
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Celebrating twin 18th anniversary seasons as Music Director of Massachusetts’ Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Michigan’s Traverse Symphony Orchestra, KEVIN RHODES enjoys an exceptionally varied international career, leading concert, opera and ballet performances with over 50 orchestras in 15 countries. For a ninth season, he also continues as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.

In addition to dozens of performances with his orchestras in Boston, Springfield and Traverse City, Kevin Rhodes’ current season includes a return to The Norwegian National Ballet for performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Of special note is Mr. Rhodes’ return to the Vienna State Ballet to lead a new production of Delibes’ Sylvia by Ballet Director Manuel Legris, Rudolf Nureyev’s The Nutcracker, and the season-concluding Nureyev Gala, celebrating the famed dancer and choreographer’s life and artistry with soloists and guests from around the world.

Kevin Rhodes has been a presence in the major musical capitals of Europe for over two decades, leading major productions at the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Dutch National Ballet, The Norwegian National Ballet, Verona Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. His work with many of these illustrious artistic organizations has been seen and heard throughout Europe via television appearances, around the globe with the introduction of cinema showings and on DVD recordings. In the United States, he has conducted the symphony orchestras of Canton, Delaware, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Queens, Santa Fe, Stamford, Tacoma and West Virginia, as well as the New York City Ballet.

Starting his European career as a house conductor at Switzerland’s Basel Stadttheater, Kevin Rhodes subsequently moved to Germany’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein as a First Kappelmeister in which capacity he led hundreds of performances of the operatic repertoire, from Die Zauberflöte to Der Rosenkavalier, while simultaneously serving as the principal ballet conductor of the Vienna State Opera. During his 10 years in Europe, he led repertoire ranging from the operas of, among many others, Strauss, Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Mozart and Smetana to the major ballets of Prokofiev, Bartók, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

In 2001, Kevin Rhodes returned to his native United States to accept the music directorships of both the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, devoting himself to the artistic and organizational enhancement of the two ensembles, while closely attending to their numerous educational and community outreach activities. Under his leadership, these orchestras and their audiences have experienced tremendous growth and enthusiasm about classical music. With the start of the 2010-2011 season, Mr. Rhodes also accepted the reins of Principal Conductor of the Pro Arts Chamber Orchestra of Boston, invigorating the ensemble with his trademark energy.

Kevin Rhodes began his professional conducting career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, where he studied with Leon Gregorian, subsequently earning his Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Illinois under the tutelage of Paul Vermel.

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The Springfield Symphony Orchestra entered its 72nd year Saturday in Symphony Hall, playing music of Dvorak, Sibelius, and Bartok to an enthusiastic audience of 1687. Every member of the orchestra brought their ‘A game’ to the stage for the Bartok [Concerto for Orchestra], from tuba to piccolo. Rhodes made his way through the orchestra following the performance, indicating each of the winds and brass in turn, congratulating them for a job well done. And surely congratulations awaited Rhodes himself for keeping order in Bartok’s metrically shifting contrapuntal essays, for accompanying [Philippe] Quint exquisitely, ‘playing’ the orchestra like a giant piano and following the soloist’s every twist and turn, and for launching yet another promising season of top-notch music-making.

THE REPUBLICAN (Springfield, MA)

Recently, I had the great pleasure of working with Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and all of the fine things I had heard about him were completely substantiated. He is an unusually intense musician with deep feelings about the work before him and a keen interest in hearing worthy suggestions. Our performance had genuine fire, which I attribute to his driving energy and strong convictions.

MISHA DICHTER, renowned pianist

At the Paris Opera, a tribute to Violette Verdy during a Balanchine evening [headline]
Throughout the evening, the Orchestra of the National opera of Paris displayed a magnificent cohesion under the baton of American conductor Kevin Rhodes.

CRESCENDO MAGAZINE (France)

New benchmark set [headline]
This was a flawless performance of this giant musical work [Verdi Requiem]. Rhodes was inspired, as he often is, but this one was a triumph – a stunning success. He obviously had an absolute understanding of this score and the musical sense that had to br drawn from it. Further, he conveyed to his players and singers –and so, to the audience – the intensity, power and beauty of this magnificent work.

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE (MI)

Visceral Berlioz and luminous Rachmaninov highlight W.Va. Symphony concert [headline]
The West Virginia Symphony performed the final concert of its season-long search for a new conductor when the dynamic Kevin Rhodes led the orchestra in a wide-ranging exploration of music from the Romantic era. Rhodes found the right balance of visceral thrills and intellectual substance to make compelling Berlioz’s fevered autobiographical novel-in-music. The rhythmic accuracy and articulations were keen; the twirling answers from clarinets and brasses led to a thrilling conclusion that Rhodes drove to the tasteful edge of over-the-top.

CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL

Springfield’s Kevin Rhodes Impressive At the HSO Podium [headline]
Rhodes has a likeable presence. He demonstrated significant keyboard skill during his preconcert discussion and conducted with clarity and deep musicianship. After intermission we heard the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. This monumental work became a showcase for every section and many individual members of the Hartford Symphony, but the section trumpets, solo horn and section horns put on a clinic. Rhodes was at his best moving the grand gestures of this work. The recapitulation of the first movement was thrilling and the low brass voiced the theme from the second theme group with a focused sound and gorgeous color. The fourth movement is a case-study in the acceleration and very gradual deceleration of tempos. Rhodes took command of this level of motion and presented a series of relationships that was highly effective in making the finale a powerful and emotionally draining experience.

THE COURANT (Hartford, CT)

All evening, the Springfield Symphony responded to Rhodes’ passion. The violins in the beginning of the Liszt [Les Préludes], teamed for an exquisite unison passage that raised this orchestra’s level of virtuosity. And as in the past, the cello section performed with tasteful, warm balance all night. The most demonstrative emotion of the night followed the Ravel [Daphnis et Chloé] when, during his second curtain call, Rhodes thanked the appreciative crowd, then turned to acknowledge his new orchestra, applauded them and blew its members a kiss.

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE (MA)

Maestro Rhodes led a thunderous performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, exploring diametric extremes of ecstacy and despair, and surging between them with true Russian extroversion. Rhodes was able to unleash his players and encourage them to play hugely, without ever compromising the balance of the overall orchestral sound. From the outer rim of the galaxy to the heart of repertoire chestnuts, the Springfield Symphony once again showed the incredible capabiluites of its musicians and its conductor to make great music on a world-class scale.

 THE REPUBLICAN (Springfield, MA)

6/8/2018 (8pm)
6/9/2018 (8pm)
6/12/2018 (8pm)

VIENNA STATE OPERA BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

 

6/29/2018 (8pm)

VIENNA STATE OPERA BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

“Nureyev Gala 2018”

9/15/2018 (7:30pm)

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Handel: Water Music
Debussy: La Mer
Hanson: Dance of Two Worlds
Danielpour: Urban Dances

9/22/2018 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Schoenberg: Go!
Bernstein: Candide (overture)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto
soloist: Norman Krieger
Copland: Symphony #3

9/29/2018 (8pm)

PRO ARTE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF BOSTON

First Baptist Church in Newton (Newton Centre, MA)

Thomas: Prayer and Celebration
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for 4 Winds
soloists: Ann Bobo, flutist
Nancy Dimock, oboist
Ronald Haroutunian, bassoonist
Robert Marlatt, hornist
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande
Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre
soloist: Barbara Quintiliani, soprano

10/14/2018 (3pm)

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
soloist: Jeanmarie Riccobono
Sibelius: Symphony #2

10/20/2018 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Harbison: Remembering Gatsby
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3
soloist: Natasha Paremski
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

11/10/2018 (8pm)
11/12/2018 (8pm)
11/13/2018 (8pm)
11/17/2018 (8pm)
11/24/2018 (8pm)

VIENNA STATE BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

Delibes: Sylvia

12/1/2018 (1&4:30pm)
12/3/2018 (6pm)
12/4/2018 (6pm)
12/6/2018 (6pm)
12/7/2018 (6pm)
12/8/2018 (1&4:30pm)
12/10/2018 (6pm)
12/12/2018 (1&4:30pm)
12/13/2018 (6pm)
12/14/2018 (1&4:30pm)
12/17/2018 (6pm)
12/18/2018 (6pm)
12/19/2018 (1&4:30pm)
12/21/2018 (6pm)
12/22/2018 (1&4:30pm)

THE NORWEGIAN NATIONAL BALLET

Oslo Opera House

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

12/25/2018 (2&7pm)
12/27/2018 (8pm)
12/29/2018 (8pm)
1/2/2019 (8pm)
1/4/2019 (8pm)

VIENNA STATE BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

1/17/2019 (8pm)
1/19/2019 (8pm)
1/24/2019 (8pm)
1/26/2019 8(pm)

VIENNA STATE BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

Delibes: Sylvia

2/2/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Beach: Bal masque
Tower: 6th Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Higdon: Blue Cathedral
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

2/17/2019 (3pm)

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Bunch: Piano Concerto for Left Hand
soloist: Michael Coonrod
Beethoven: Symphony #3

2/23/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Thomas: Prayer and Celebration
Brahms: Violin Concerto
soloist: Rachel Burton Pine
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4

3/2/2019 (8pm)

PRO ARTE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF BOSTON

First Baptist Church in Newton (Newton Centre, MA)

Hendricks: Cain (Prologue and Prelude)
Rózsa: Theme & Variations for Violin & Cello
soloists: Lucia Lin, violinist
Owen Young, cellist
Frank: Havana Jila
soloist: Lucia Lin, violinist
Copland: Appalachian Spring

3/9/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Pops: “On Broadway with Maestro Rhodes”
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
soloist: Kevin Rhodes

3/17/2019 (3pm)

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #2
solist: Ralph Votapek
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

3/23/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Larsen: Beauty Alone
Liszt: Piano Concerti #1 & 2
soloist: Claire Huangci
Beethoven: Symphony #5

4/14/2019 (3pm)

TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Orff: Carmina burana
soloists:
with Northwestern Michigan College Choir
IAA Choir

4/27/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS (MA)

Symphony Hall

Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Mahler: Symphony #2
soloists: Amy Burton, soprano
Luretta Bybee, contralto

4/30/2019 ()

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Youth Concerts

5/4/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Pops: “Movie Night with Maestro Rhodes”

5/18/2019 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MA)

Symphony Hall

Macchia: Overtura Rocambolesca
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
soloist: Yevgeny Kutik
Dvorák: Symphony #9

6/29/2019 (8pm)

VIENNA STATE BALLET (Austria)

Wiener Staatsopera

“Nureyev Gala 2019”

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (various excerpts)

Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
2010

Glazunov: Raymonda

Opéra National de Paris (Palais Garnier)
2008

Minkus: Don Quichotte

Dutch National Ballet (Amsterdam Muzietheater)
2010

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (Act III Pas de Deux)

Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
2001

Strauss: Rosenkavalier Suite (Final Waltz)

Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland)
2001

“Behind the Music with Kevin Rhodes”

Debussy: Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune
Poulenc: Gloria
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts)
May 7, 2011

“Behind the Music with Kevin Rhodes”

Duparc: Aux étoiles
Barber: Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2 in e
Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts)
October 2, 2010

Kevin Rhodes: co-hosting “Mass Appeal”

WWLP-22 News (Springfield, MA)
July 5, 2013

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