Winter concert features professional collaboration, up-and-coming talent

The Geneseo community and Wadsworth Auditorium will open their doors to the Friends of Music Orchestra for a concert presented by Limelight & Accents on Sunday Dec. 2. Members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Geneseo faculty musicians will join the orchestra.

Cicely Parnas, a renowned 19-year-old cellist who is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music is the featured soloist, and senior Louis Lohraseb will conduct the performance as his senior project.

Lohraseb said he is honored to be working with members of the RPO and Geneseo faculty, and described them as “world class musicians.”

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 in B-flat Major, Op.60, Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.1 in A-minor are all on the program, compiled by Lohraseb.

The concert will open with the Ravel piece, which is full of chromaticism and dissonant chords. Following “Le Tombeau de Couperin” is the cello concerto in which Parnas is the featured soloist, the same concerto she is set to solo in at Carnegie Hall in December.

Parnas has been playing cello since age 5 and comes from a musically inclined family; she and her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas have been performing together under the name duo parnas for 15 years. Their two CDs have received positive reviews around the world and a third is in the works, pending release.

Tickets are $6 for students, $13 for faculty and staff, $16 for the general public and $8 for children under 12 and are currently on sale in the Student Association Ticket Office in the College Union.