Piano recital to feature guest artist April 23

April 16, 2015
Dr. Eugene Alcalay
Walter Cosand

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — On Thursday, April 23, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will present a “two pianos and piano four-hands” guest artist and faculty recital in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will feature Walter Cosand, pianist and professor of music at Arizona State University’s School of Music in Tempe, Ariz., and Dr. Eugene Alcalay, professor of music at UW-Platteville. While on campus, Cosand also will give a piano master class to a few piano students.

Repertoire will include Brahms’ “Variations Op.23 for Piano Four-Hands” on a theme by Schumann; “Piano Concerto No.2, 3rd movement – Over the Snow Mountain and Marsh” – by Chinese composer Shuhao “Harry” Ma; and Brahms’ “Variations on a theme by Haydn” (St. Anthony Chorale) for two pianos.

“The four-hand and two-piano repertoire is a wonderful one — comparatively less heard than solo repertoire — not to mention a great opportunity for collaboration between two pianists,” said Alcalay. “I am looking forward to performing with Walter again. He is not only an amazing musician, but a dear friend, and I have always loved working with him.”

“I am looking forward to visiting your beautiful campus, performing great beautiful music with your outstanding pianist Dr. Alcalay, and meeting your talented students,” said Cosand.

The performance of Ma’s piece will be its United States premiere. Ma teaches piano in the music department of UW-Platteville sister’s institution, South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, Hubei, China. “Harry is not only a wonderful young pianist, but a very gifted composer, having written many solo piano works as well as concertos for piano and orchestra,” said Alcalay.

Cosand is an experienced recitalist and chamber music performer and has performed more than 30 different concertos. In addition to playing throughout the United States, he has performed in Australia, Korea, China, Russia, Canada, Central America, South America and Europe. He has been favorably reviewed in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Arizona Republic, Fanfare and many music periodicals.

A Steinway Artist, Alcalay’s performance career has taken him to four continents and United States venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Through his American Liszt Society connections, Alcalay has been booked to play a recital at the Liszt Museum and Research Center of the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, on May 16. He has also been hired as piano faculty at the 2015 Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, later in the summer.

Cost is $12 for general admission and $5 for student and senior citizen admission. All proceeds will provide music scholarships for incoming or current students who are pursuing a major or minor in music at UW-Platteville.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The guest artist and faculty recital aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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