Two distinguished guest artists to perform with Rountree Ensemble in inaugural concert featuring new Steinway piano

February 7, 2013
Dr. Barry Ellis (left) and John Marco perform.


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Rountree Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, will perform the third concert of its 2012-13 season on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Tickets, which are $10 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors, can be purchased through the University Box Office at (608) 342-1298 or

The theme of the concert is A Trio of Trios. Three outstanding trios will be performed: Trio Pathétique for clarinet, bassoon and piano by the Russian romanticist, Mikhail Glinka; Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms; and, also by Brahms, Trio in E flat for violin, horn and piano.

Rountree Ensemble members Dr. Eugene Alcalay, UW-Platteville associate professor of piano; John Marco, UW-Platteville senior music lecturer; and Dr. Barry Ellis, UW-Platteville music professor and director of bands, will perform the Glinka. Alcalay, Marco and guest artist Parry Karp will perform the first Brahms work, and Alcalay, Rountree Ensemble French horn player Ricardo Almeida and guest violinist Isabella Lippi will play the second Brahms work.

John Marco, the ensemble’s clarinetist and artistic director, said it is an honor to have these guest artists here at UW-Platteville. “Parry Karp is a fixture of the music scene in Wisconsin. He has long served as cellist of the world famous Pro Arte Quartet. We couldn’t be more delighted to have him join us. Isabella Lippi has performed with us on numerous occasions, and is always a joy to work with. She would grace any ensemble with her playing.”

This concert is also a milestone event for UW-Platteville as it marks the debut of the new Steinway grand piano, which was delivered to campus on Feb. 4.

“I am delighted that I will be able to play the new Steinway for the first time at this concert,” said Alcalay. “I am so glad that it arrived in time for me to use it on this occasion. It is such a great instrument, with a powerful, warm sound, and a great, sturdy action. It will get a workout, as the concert features three piano trios, and I think it will definitely enhance the sound of the ensemble.”

Contact: John Marco, senior lecturer, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1012,

Formatted by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,



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