Cellist Cicely Parnas, 20, has the kind of talent that made the New York Times rhapsodize about her “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination.” She will be taking the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society’s Gift to the Community series.
Parnas, the granddaughter of distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, has been playing the cello since she was 4. She has studied with cellist Peter Wiley, who succeeded David Soyer in the Guarneri Quartet, and attends the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studies with Sharon Robinson.
She plays a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello. On Sunday, she and the instrument will be exploring music from the 19th and 20th centuries. The afternoon will include Debussy’s Sonata for cello and piano; the “Louange a l’etenite de Jesus,” from Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”; a Suite for Solo Cello written in the 1920s by Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassado; and Brahms’ lovely Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 99.
A preconcert event featuring students from the Buffalo Suzuki Strings’ Pianists begins at 2:15. Admission is free and tickets are not needed. Call 462-4939.
– Mary Kunz Goldman