County Fare: New York Times spotlights Berkshire violinist


Berkshire native and violin virtuoso Yevgeny Kutik has been hitting all the right notes.

Kutik was featured in the March 18 music section of the New York Times. The article, "Unpacking a Family’s Musical Legacy," by music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, was written in advance of next month’s release of his latest recording, "Music From the Suitcase" distributed by Marquis Classics, which Kutik recently presented in recital at New York’s SubCulture. It contains rarely performed short works for violin and piano by prominent composers like Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Khachaturian.

As da Fonseca-Wollheim highlights, Kutik, 28, was born into a musical Jewish family in Minsk, Belarus. His father, Alexander, was assistant principal trumpeter in the Belarussian State Philharmonic; his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, who is also interviewed in the article, initially taught violin at a school for musically gifted children, and is now the director of the Pittsfield High School orchestra.

The family arrived in the country at age 5. The full article can be read here: Kutik will also perform as a featured violinist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about his performance and his work here:


Berkshire Bank sent eight winners to experience a Boston Bruins game on March 15 as part of its "Wicked Suite Hockey Contest."

Among the winners were Evan Valenti and Jeff Pullano of Dalton; Dianna Scott and her son Maxx from Manchester, Vt.; Karrie Pierce and her son Zachary from Westfield; Stephen O’Connor and his daughter Hattie from Beverly.

The bank chauffeured the winners to and from Boston with the help of Transport the People, a full-service limo transportation company. There, winners were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of NESN’s broadcast truck and studios; a meet-and-greet with NESN’s broadcast team of Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley before the "Hockey Night in New England" broadcast; and watching the game in NESN’s luxury suite.

The contest was held throughout New England by Berkshire Bank; 400 entries were collected at bank branches and online, and the winners were randomly selected.

The winners were accompanied by Berkshire Bank’s Pittsfield vice president and regional manager, Deanna Markham, and Pioneer Valley vice president and regional manager, Michael Mirski.

To see photos from the Wicked Suite Hockey Experience, visit here:

Berkshire Bank previously announced that it had become the official bank of Boston Bruins coverage on the network for the 2013-15 seasons. The agreement includes sponsorship of NESN’s "Hockey Night in New England" broadcast for the regular season and the playoffs in addition to online and digital promotion elements.


Twenty-two state public high school teachers have been named Partners in Excellence Award winners for their outstanding contributions to student achievement in STEM education. The teachers come from five regions around the state.

The list of honorees included three language and literature teachers from Drury High School in North Adams: Allison Bergeron, Sara Luczynski and Molly Meczwyor.

This group of Advanced Placement (AP) teachers are among the more than 500 teachers at more than 60 schools participating in Mass Insight Education’s AP program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

They will receive their honor and a $1,000 award at the Partners in Excellence Award Celebration on April 17 at the Museum of Science in Boston, as hosted and funded by philanthropists Joshua Boger, Rick Burnes, John Davis through Partners in Excellence. Additional sponsors include Biogen Idec Foundation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Mass Insight provides the state’s largest at-scale academic STEM program in Massachusetts, designed to increase participation and performance in AP science, math and English courses. To see the full list of winners, visit

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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