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Parnas Sisters Of Stephentown Headed For Carnegie Hall
5/23/08
By David Flint
It’s on to Carnegie Hall for young musicians Madalyn and Cicely Parnas of Stephentown. Having won First Prize at the recent International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition held in Boston, the girls will perform next Monday, May 26, in a Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The girls received top honors in Boston in the String Ensemble Division, performing the Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 by Zoltan Kodaly, with Madalyn, 17, on violin and Cicely, 15, on the cello. Their mother, Lea Parnas, said the family was very happy with the first prize win in Boston because the String Division is the most competitive of all in the ICME Competition.
At Carnegie Hall they will be the first ones to play and they will again perform the Kodaly Duo piece. The Kodaly Duo, along with works from four other composers including Ravel and Handel, can be heard on their CD, “Parnas Double: Duos for Violin and Cello” that was released in January. The CD is available at TownHallRecords.com as well as at Amazon.com.
The Parnas sisters, granddaughters of the great cellist, Leslie Parnas who performed with Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin, have won many prizes in competition both together and on their own and have been featured in numerous national and regional magazines, as well as on national and local radio broadcasts. In recent weeks they have performed at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music at Noon series and with the Lake George Chamber Orchestra in Glens Falls. Cicely last year was a winner of the National American String Teachers Association Competition. Madalyn is currently attending the College of St. Rose and has received a full tuition Music Talent Award.

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