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Violin soloist Yevgeny Kutik higlights year's first Oakland Symphony Orchestra concert

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September 22, 2017

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO), Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will open their 2017 – 2018 season with a concert in Varner Recital Hall on the OU campus. The OSO has a proud tradition of excellence dating back to 1976 and it continues to provide Southeast Michigan with outstanding performances of the finest symphonic repertoire. The orchestra is under the direction of Professor Gregory Cunningham.

The orchestra will offer an exciting program including Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66 by Antonín Dvorák; Pini di Roma by Ottorino Respighi; and Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 by Jean Sibelius, with guest violin soloist Yevgeny Kutik.

Kutik, who is known for his “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. He is praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, while at the same time lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik came to the United States with his family at the age of five. He is an advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that helped his family leave the Soviet Union, and he regularly speaks and performs across the U.S. to raise awareness and promote assistance for refugees from around the world.

Kutik has released three albums. His second, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (Marquis Classics 2014), features music he found in the suitcase his family used when they left the Soviet Union to seek a new home in the U.S.

Music from the Suitcase debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart, garnered critical acclaim, and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The New York Times.

Varner Recital Hall is located at 371 Varner Drive. Enter the location into a smart phone. Or campus maps are available at Ample free parking will be available in lots 24 and 26.

Tickets are $20, and $10 for students. They may be purchased online without service fees at or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins.

Directions and complete ticket information are both available at

For more information about Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance programs and performances, call (248) 370-2030 or visit
Yevgeny Kutik photo by Corey Hayes

Brian Bierley, Director of Media Relations
(248) 370-4346