SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announced that three new members have been elected to the SSO’s board of directors: Andrew Cade, Margaret Mantoni, and Evan Plotkin.
Cade is the senior vice president of the Urban League of Springfield Inc., which serves the Greater Springfield African-American community by advocating for and providing model services that enhance the academic and social development of young people and families, promoting economic self-sufficiency, and fostering racial inclusion and social justice. Apart from his job at Urban League, Cade also serves as president of the Springfield Cultural Council.
Mantoni is president and CEO of the Loomis Communities. She served for 30 years as the organization’s CFO prior to taking her current position. She is a certified public accountant and worked in a local accounting firm for eight years before joining the Loomis Communities. She serves on the Audit Committee of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, is a member of the LeadingAge Massachusetts board, and serves on the Capital Projects Planning Committee for the city of West Springfield. Mantoni has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Western New England College.
Plotkin is president of NAI Plotkin, a full-service brokerage and property-management company. He has extensive experience in all aspects of property management and commercial brokerage, including commercial office buildings, medical office buildings, industrial buildings, shopping centers, and condominium/residential management. Plotkin is one of the lead organizers of the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival and the City Mosaic project, as well as the force behind Art & Soles. He was recently named the 2022 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year by the Springfield Regional Chamber. He has served on the boards of the Springfield Museums and Holyoke Community College.
“We are extremely pleased to add these new members to the SSO board, each bringing a unique set of skills as we rebuild the organization after the two-year hiatus brought about by the pandemic,” interim SSO Director Paul Lambert said. “Andrew Cade is heavily involved in the community through the Urban League and as president of the Springfield Cultural Council. Marge Mantoni brings business expertise in serving the Loomis Communities, the premier senior-living nonprofit in the region. Evan Plotkin owns and operates One Financial Plaza, and his love of jazz in establishing the Jazz & Roots festival is a demonstration of his commitment to the arts and to a vibrant central city.”
The SSO also recently announced its 2022-23 season, which will include six classical performances and two pops concerts, featuring an array of world-renowned guest conductors and soloists. Two of the guest conductors coming to Symphony Hall in the coming season, JoAnn Falletta and Theodore Kuchar, were included in a recent ranking of the 10 best living conductors in the world. For more information about the concerts and season subscriptions, visit springfieldsymphony.org.