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The Sitka International Cello Seminar is now in session and will culminate in the annual Sitka Cellobration on Saturday, July 21st at 7:00pm in Harrigan Centennial Hall.

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2018 Cello Seminar Highlights (Part 1)

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Highlights from the first half of the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar Over the last 10 days, the Sitka International Cello Seminar participants have been actively engaging with the Sitka community in a variety [...]

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2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar Today marks the last day of a wonderful first week at the Sitka International Cello Seminar! Our students have now played several small Pop-up and Cafe Concerts around [...]

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2018 has been a wonderful year for our festival, with friends new and old, good weather, amazing community, and beautiful music. Thanks to Christine Davenport, Rich McClear, and Yuliya Gorenman for capturing the experience [...]

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You may remember today's #StudentSpotlight from earlier this summer when she performed with the Sitka Summer Music Festival in June! Granddaughter of the distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson.

She has performed as a soloist with the Owensboro Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Long Bay Symphony, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, where she gave the world premiere of Jim McGrath’s Concertino for Cello. She has also performed at the Musical Arts Festivals in Shanghai and Macao, as well as the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Levine School of Music, Patrons for Young Artists, the Morgan Library and Museum, University of Florida Performing Arts, Music for Youth, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Vanguard Concerts, the Jewish Community Alliance, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. In 2012, Cicely made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. The New York Times raved: “Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance.”

She has also performed the Elgar Concerto with the Vermont Symphony, once again with Jaime Laredo and toured France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Other international appearances include her participation in the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing. No stranger to the limelight, Cicely was named an inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today in 2011, where she was featured in five broadcasts and an American Public Media video spotlight. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was presented last season in debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. She holds the Anne and George Popkin Cello Chair of YCA and was the recipient of YCA’s Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists in 2012. She also captured First Prize in the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Cicely also performs in Duo Parnas with sister and violinist Madalyn Parnas. The Duo Parnas has performed as soloists with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under Randall Fleisher, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Loh, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Alan Miller, as well as in many recitals with pianist Peter Serkin as the Parnas/Serkin Trio. They have released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label: Parnas Double (2008), Gare du Nord (2010), and duo parnas NOW (2014). NOW features 21st century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen, among others. The Other Side of Time (Albany Records, 2012) includes Duo Parnas as featured soloists with The New Music Ensemble in a live performance of Brian Fennelly’s Fantasia Concertante. The duo also recorded this award-winning double concerto with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble of digital instruments.

We're glad to have you with us for the entire summer, Cicely! Zuill Bailey Melissa Kraut

You can hear all of the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar participants perform at Cellobration on July 21st at 7:00pm in Harrigan Centennial Hall! Tickets are available online at artful.ly/sitka-summer-music-festival, at Old Harbor Books in downtown Sitka, or at the door.
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You may remember todays #StudentSpotlight from earlier this summer when she performed with the Sitka Summer Music Festival in June! Granddaughter of the distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson.

She has performed as a soloist with the Owensboro Symphony,  the Monroe Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Long Bay Symphony, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, where she gave the world premiere of Jim McGrath’s Concertino for Cello. She has also performed at the Musical Arts Festivals in Shanghai and Macao, as well as the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Levine School of Music, Patrons for Young Artists, the Morgan Library and Museum, University of Florida Performing Arts, Music for Youth, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Vanguard Concerts, the Jewish Community Alliance, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.  In 2012, Cicely made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. The New York Times raved: “Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance.” 

She has also performed the Elgar Concerto with the Vermont Symphony, once again with Jaime Laredo and toured France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Other international appearances include her participation in the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.  No stranger to the limelight, Cicely was named an inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today in 2011, where she was featured in five broadcasts and an American Public Media video spotlight. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was presented last season in debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. She holds the Anne and George Popkin Cello Chair of YCA and was the recipient of YCA’s Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists in 2012. She also captured First Prize in the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  

Cicely also performs in Duo Parnas with sister and violinist Madalyn Parnas. The Duo Parnas has performed as soloists with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under Randall Fleisher, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Loh, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Alan Miller, as well as in many recitals with pianist Peter Serkin as the Parnas/Serkin Trio. They have released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label: Parnas Double (2008), Gare du Nord (2010), and duo parnas NOW (2014). NOW features 21st century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen, among others. The Other Side of Time (Albany Records, 2012) includes Duo Parnas as featured soloists with The New Music Ensemble in a live performance of Brian Fennelly’s Fantasia Concertante. The duo also recorded this award-winning double concerto with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble of digital instruments.  

Were glad to have you with us for the entire summer, Cicely! Zuill Bailey Melissa Kraut

You can hear all of the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar participants perform at Cellobration on July 21st at 7:00pm in Harrigan Centennial Hall! Tickets are available online at artful.ly/sitka-summer-music-festival, at Old Harbor Books in downtown Sitka, or at the door.

Don't forget to get your tickets for Cellobration! This annual conclusion to the Sitka International Cello Seminar features a performance of cello solos, small ensembles, and cello choir, this Saturday, July 21st, at 7:00pm in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens at sitkamusicfestival.org, Old Harbor Books and the door. For more information call 747-6774 or visit sitkamusicfestival.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont forget to get your tickets for Cellobration! This annual conclusion to the Sitka International Cello Seminar features a performance of cello solos, small ensembles, and cello choir, this Saturday, July 21st, at 7:00pm in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens at sitkamusicfestival.org, Old Harbor Books and the door. For more information call 747-6774 or visit sitkamusicfestival.org.

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Sitka Summer Music Festival

We’re LIVE at the Mean Queen with students from the cello seminar for another wonderful cafe concert! If you missed us tonight, come to Ludvig’s Wine Bar tomorrow night at 5:30pm for our last free concert of the seminar! ... See MoreSee Less

We’re LIVE at the Mean Queen with students from the cello seminar for another wonderful cafe concert! If you missed us tonight, come to Ludvig’s Wine Bar tomorrow night at 5:30pm for our last free concert of the seminar!

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Sitka Summer Music Festival

After their performance today at the Sitka Public Library, our cello seminar students held a Q&A on all things cello, fielding questions about how cellos are made, their own careers, and the music they performed! ... See MoreSee Less

After their performance today at the Sitka Public Library, our cello seminar students held a Q&A on all things cello, fielding questions about how cellos are made, their own careers, and the music they performed!

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Sitka Summer Music Festival

After their performance today at the @sitkapubliclibrary, our cello seminar students held a Q&A on all things cello, fielding questions about how cellos are made, their own careers, and the music they performed! ... See MoreSee Less

After their performance today at the @sitkapubliclibrary, our cello seminar students held a Q&A on all things cello, fielding questions about how cellos are made, their own careers, and the music they performed!
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