UW-Platteville’s Alcalay to perform overseas

May 8, 2013
Eugene Alcalay

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ – Eugene Alcalay, associate professor of piano in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts plans to perform and teach overseas with much anticipation of the exciting summer ahead.

“My wife and I are departing for China this week, where I will do a three-week concert tour and short-term residencies at three universities,” said Alcalay. “I’ve never been to China or even close to the Far East. I am thrilled to experience new culture and atmosphere.”

Alcalay will visit South-Central University of Nationalities in Wuhan, China, Three Gorges University in Yichang, China and Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.  SCUN is UW-Platteville's sister institution in China. “I will start a foreign exchange in piano cooperation with SCUN in music. I will be performing recitals and teaching piano master classes when I do these residencies,” said Alcalay.

“I will travel back to the United States and will stop in San Francisco to perform at the annual Festival of the American Liszt Society on May 30. I’ll play a Liszt-Wagner transcription, Isolde's Liebestod, from Wagner's opera, ‘Tristan and Isolde,’” he said.

After the American Liszt Society Festival, Alcalay will return to Platteville only to catch a plane hours later to England, where he is scheduled to perform a recital in the Concert Series in the city of Windsor, June 5.

“I’m not even worried about jet lag. I have a feeling I will be in my own time zone,” he said. “I’m more concerned about staying awake while playing my concerts.”

Following a visit in England, Alcalay was invited and will play in a recital of chamber music of Beethoven and Brahms piano and violin sonatas with a Norwegian concert master at the Kilden Performing Arts Center in Kristiansand, Norway, on June 15.  “I’ve also never been to Norway. My wife and I are excited to see beautiful Norway,” he said.

In early July, Alcalay will take time out of his summer to teach for the 11th year at the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Ind. The Masterworks Festival is a four-week long festival for advanced students of music, dance and theatre.

“As a member of the piano faculty there, I will play a solo recital as well as a Beethoven Sonata with my friend, cellist Jake Muzzy,” said Alcalay.

Alcalay also plans to take trip to Honduras in August 7-8. “I will be able to teach a master class and perform at the Honduras National School of Music in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The trip was organized by my Honduran former piano student and Liberace Artist, Samir Kafati, and will probably be sponsored by the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa,” he said.

In his spare time, he plans to learn new repertoire.

“I believe that traveling enriches knowledge and culture. It puts everything we know into a different perspective in what we take for granted in the United States. I enjoy being this musical ambassador,” said Alcalay.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu


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