Music from the Suitcase – Yevgeny Kutik

When Yevgeny Kutik was five years old, he and his family emigrated from the deteriorating Soviet Union to the United States. They had to leave most of their possessions behind and fit everything else into just two suitcases. Yevgeny’s mother, a violin teacher, insisted on filling one of the suitcases with sheet music from the family’s collection.

Years later, Yevgeny began to explore the music from the suitcase and was enthralled with the pieces he discovered. He recorded his acclaimed album, Music from the Suitcase, featuring pieces that he had found. He says, “They began to organize themselves into a distinct array of moods and themes…Russian folklore, fantasy, and poetry. It reminds me of what we went through and how far we have come.” Yevgeny, who is joined by pianist Randall Hodgkinson for this program, will present two works from the album – Prokofiev’s “Waltz” from Cinderella and Rubinstein’s Romance – as well as Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94b.

The program also features works selected by Yevgeny Kutik by composers who were directly affected by the tyranny of the Nazi Reichmusikkammer, or State Music Bureau. The organization worked furiously to eliminate and ban music produced by composers considered “degenerate,” including Igor Stravinsky. Richard Strauss was installed as president of the Reichmusikkammer for two years, and many argue Strauss did this to protect his Jewish grandchildren, as well as to ensure that banned music survived the Nazi reign. Kutik and Hodgkinson present Stravinsky’s Duo Concertante and Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18.


  • Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis
  • Stravinsky: Duo Concertante
  • Prokofiev: Waltz from Cinderella
  • Rubinstein: Romance
  • Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18

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Image Credit (top):  Yevgeny Kutik. Photo by Rachel Tines.

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2:00PM -
Saturday, December 21, 2019
2:00PM -
Sunday, December 22, 2019


Dec 21 - 22 2019