Arnaud Sussmann
Arnaud Sussmann, violin

“Beauty of sound and elegance.” — Nice Matin

Sean Lee
Sean Lee, violin

“Breathtakingly beautiful.” — The New York Times

Emily Daggett Smith
Emily Daggett Smith, violin

“Irrepressible élan.” — The Seattle Times

Danbi Um
Danbi Um, violin

“Mesmerizing grace.” — New York Classical Review

Mark Holloway
Mark Holloway, viola

“Warm and intimacy.” — Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Paul Neubauer
Paul Neubauer, viola

“A master musician.” — The New York Times

Rafael Figueroa
Rafael Figueroa, cello

“Wonderfully colorful.” — AllMusic Review

Mihai Marica
Mihai Marica, cello

“Stunning performance.” — The New York Times

Michael Brown
Michael Brown, piano

“Formidable pianist” — The New York Times


Parlance Chamber Concerts’s gala opener will showcase nine dazzling artists in scintillating dances and soulful romances by Beethoven, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Falla, and others. The afternoon will climax with their collaboration in Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings, the 16-year-old composer’s miraculous melding of youthful exuberance and sovereign musical command.

Frédéric Chopin Valse Brilliante in A flat, Op. 34, No. 1 for piano Program Notes
Gabriel Fauré Romance in B flat, Op. 28 for violin and piano Program Notes
Gaspar Cassadó Sardana and Jota from Suite for solo cello Program Notes
Ludwig van Beethoven Romance in F, Op. 50 for violin and piano Program Notes
Jenö Hubay Scenes de la Csarda, No. 3, Op. 18 for violin and piano Program Notes
Félicien David La Nuit (arr. Vieuxtemps) for viola and piano Program Notes
Manuel de Falla Danse Espagnole from La Vida Breve for violin and piano Program Notes
Camille Saint-Saëns Romance, Op. 36 for cello and piano Program Notes
Hermann Schulenburg Gypsy Romance and Csardas for viola and piano Program Notes
Felix Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat, Op. 20 for strings Program Notes

Introduction to Mendelssohn’s E flat Major String Octet, Op. 20:

Watch violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Michael Brown perform Fauré’s Romance in B flat, Op. 28:

Hear violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Wu Han perform Valdez’s Gypsy Serenade: