Treasures from an old trunk

I wasn’t there myself, but have heard from some who were that Yevgeny Kutik, the soloist in last Saturday’s Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert was really terrific. In his concert review, Clifton J. Noble, Jr. says Kutik may be the finest guest soloist the Springfield Symphony Orchestra has featured in the past 20 years. He is certainly gaining attention, and his new CD is bound to attract much more. This afternoon on New England Public Radio, tune in for our first taste of the CD Music from the Suitcase.

The title of the CD is derived from the origin of the music Kutik performs, which was brought in a large suitcase to the United States from the Soviet Union. He was five years old when the family left following a series of anti-semitic incidents. His mother packed sheet music, short pieces she had used in teaching violin, in the hope that she could use them here as well. Some are by such well known composers as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and others by composers not so well known here, such as Andrei Eshpai, whose Rhapsody “Hungarian Tunes” can be heard this afternoon.

Yevgeny Kutik has been the subject of a New York Times profile and of an interview with Robert Siegel of NPR.

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