Nov. 19, 2012

Concert Dec. 2 to Feature Critically Acclaimed Cellist Cicely Parnas


Cicely Parnas, recently named a first-prize winner in this year's Young Concert Artists International Auditions, will be featured in a Dec. 2 concert with musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the SUNY Geneseo faculty.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will join SUNY Geneseo faculty musicians for a concert Dec. 2 featuring guest cellist Cicely Parnas, critically acclaimed as one of the finest young artists performing today. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.

On the program are Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Saint-Saëns "Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor," and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60." Parnas will be making her Carnegie Hall debut as guest soloist in late December with the New York String Orchestra, where she also will be performing the Saint-Saëns concerto.

Geneseo music major Louis Lohraseb, one of 16 presidential scholars at Geneseo this year, will be conducting the Dec. 2 concert for his senior project and has been instrumental in coordinating all aspects of the event.

"Louis is an extremely talented musician with a high energy level and boundless enthusiasm," said James Walker, Distinguished Service Professor of Music at Geneseo. "The concert Louis has assembled will be memorable, especially with rising star cellist Cicely Parnas on the program, who just this week was named a first-prize winner in this year's Young Concert Artists International Auditions."

Born in 1993, Parnas' cello studies began at age four and she made her orchestral debut at nine. Since then, she has performed 40 times as guest soloist with orchestras and has received very positive reviews, including one from Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, who wrote that she played a Hindemith work with "focused intensity, attention to Hindemith's constantly changing textures and an appealing touch of wildness when the music was at its most heated."

Parnas is completing her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a full-tuition scholarship recipient in the studio of Sharon Robinson. She is the granddaughter of world-class cellist Leslie Parnas and a former student of cellist Peter Wiley. She and her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, often perform together as soloists and chamber musicians, collaborating as "duo parnas." They won first prize in international chamber music competition at Carnegie Hall and have released two internationally acclaimed CDs. They also have received rave review in The New York Times.

The concert is a Limelight & Accents event sponsored by the Geneseo Student Association. Tickets for SUNY Geneseo students are $6, and $13 for faculty/staff/alumni/seniors.  Tickets are $16 for the general public and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available until Dec. 1 at the Student Association Ticket Office in the Macvittie College Union. They also are available online; by phone at (585) 245-5873 (local) or (800) 525-2070; or at the door the night of the performance.

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