On December 28, 2012 Cicely made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the New York String Orchestra, conducted by Jaime Laredo. Her performance earned a rave review in The New York Times:
“Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance of the Saint-Saens’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, one of the composer’s most original and popular works. Running 20 minutes without a break, the piece has an impetuous opening movement, followed by a dancing, gentle Allegretto and a swirling finale. Ms. Parnas (a granddaughter of the famed cellist Leslie Parnas) brough velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination to her performance, abetted all the way by Mr. Laredo and his players.” – Anthony Tommasini
Less than 3 days later on December 31st, Cicely was transported via ambulance to the hospital, and there diagnosed with a severe case of mononucleosis!!
To read the entire concert review, click here!