It was a warm and sunny November afternoon. The classical music community made a bee-line to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center to catch pianist Yaron Kohlberg and the Parnas sisters, Madalyn and Cicely, present a lovely mix of solo, duo and trio pieces written by the masters.
Up first was Debussy’s Cello Sonata. Embracing her cello, 17-year-old Cicely Parnas sat intently focused on the music stand in front of her. With a glance at Israeli-born pianist Kohlberg, the light, airy magic of the Debussy piece was released into the performance hall. The cello’s notes flew effortlessly alongside the piano’s lyrical tones, never overpowering them nor being overpowered by them. The piece came to a close with both performers breaking into grins knowing that they delivered it flawlessly.