Yevgeny Kutik

The Piano Trio returns to BRSO

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Lamar Chamber Series continues next Thursday, Jan. 14, with Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who BRSO’s loyal fans might recognize from his Baton Rouge debut during the 2014-2015 season. This time, Kutik returns as part of The Piano Trio alongside BRSO principals Dianne Frazier on the piano and Molly Goforth on the cello to present a pairing of trios by Shostakovich and Brahms.

Dmitri Shostakovich, a 20th-century Soviet composer, became famous as a poly-stylist, or someone who composes with a hybrid of musical techniques. Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67” is characterized by sharp, surprising contrasts and non-traditional tonalities.

Perhaps better known to American audiences, Johannes Brahms was a German composer whose popularity rivaled that of masters Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Famous in popular culture for the tune of his 1868 “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht”—better known as “Brahms’ Lullaby”—his “Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8” is also representative of the purity of sound and structure for which Brahms is heralded.

Praised by The New York Times has playing with a “rich, sweet tone,” Kutik and the rest of the Piano Trio will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. For tickets, visit