The Parisii Quartet performed in the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall Nov. 9.
The quartet is comprised of men from France who graduated from the Conservatoire National Serieur de Paris.
It has toured Europe on several occasions and is currently in the middle of a North American tour.
At the performance Nov. 9, gro members performed pieces by French composers who lived during the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.
The featured composers included Ernest Chausson, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.
Some of the works performed were “Gaiment et pas trop vite,” “Tres lent” and “Anime et tres decide.”
“It was beautiful,” said Tricia Galer, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education. “It’s really a blessing to have such an amazing French orchestra come to visit Rexburg. It was an elevating experience.”
Not only did some audience members feel privileged to have the Parisii in Rexburg, but also Jean-Philippe Martignoni, the cellist of the quartet, said he felt privileged to be in Rexburg.
“We are in the middle of a tour,” Martignoni said. “[Idaho] is different but fantastic. Discovering this is fun; we could stay for a month or more. I know everybody feels like it is isolated out here, but we don’t think so.”
Some audience members enjoyed their experience with the French music. Michaela Powell, a freshman studying English, was one such student.
“It was very European, very French, very refreshing,” Powell said. “I enjoyed the different Romantic [era] pieces. I enjoyed their unique interpretation of the songs.”
The members of the quartet are Arnaud Vallin, who plays the violin; Jean-Michel Berrette, who also plays the violin; Dominique Lobet, who plays the viola; and Jean-Philippe Martignoni, who plays the cello.
They have no conductor, and they have been performing together since 1983.
“I thought it was inspiring seeing top [of the] line musicians and their passion,” said Alex Hicken, a sophomore studying special education. “To be able to see their personalities was cool.”