Recital to feature Chicago-area cellist Jake Muzzy and UW-Platteville pianist Eugene Alcalay

October 1, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will present a guest artist and faculty recital featuring Chicago-area cellist Jake Muzzy and UW-Platteville piano professor Dr. Eugene Alcalay on Oct. 10 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Recital program includes cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

“I am really looking forward to playing with Jake again,” said Alcalay. “He is a world-class musician. Jake and I first met about 10 years ago at the Masterworks international summer music festival where we are now on the faculty. We have had a wonderful musical 'meeting of the minds,' and I'm thrilled to host him in this recital.”

“I'm delighted to be playing with Eugene again,” said Muzzy. “He is a sensitive collaborative musician and a powerfully expressive pianist with a beautiful sound. I also feel that we have had a 'musical meeting of minds,' and I've received many strong opinions to that effect from our audience. It is exciting. I also deeply respect Eugene as a person and friend.”

Alcalay will be performing on the university's new Steinway “D” Concert Grand piano, a handmade, half-ton piano that made a 1,000-mile journey from the Steinway and Sons factory in Astoria, Queens, New York, to the UW-Platteville Center for the Arts in February 2013.

“The Steinway is a wonderful piano that my colleagues and I selected at the Steinway factory in January,” said Alcalay. “The piano has a beautifully profound, singing sound as well as a deep, hefty, powerful action. It is a world-class instrument and, with proper care and maintenance, it will last for many years. I am looking forward to blending the sounds of Jake's cello with the sounds of this extraordinary instrument.”

Muzzy has performed throughout the United States and Europe as well as in China, the United Kingdom and Argentina. He won distinction in competitions such as the Masterworks Festival Concerto Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Student Auditions and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He studied with Carol Ourada in Wheaton and Hans Jorgen Jensen at Northwestern University before taking his masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Geber. In addition, Muzzy held the position of principal cellist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before moving to the Chicago area.

Currently, Muzzy is on the faculty of the Wheaton College Conservatory and The School of Performing Arts in Naperville, Ill., and teaches at the Masterworks Festival during the summer. He is a member of the Camerata Chicago chamber orchestra and performs with his wife Hannah, who plays harp, as the duo “50 Strings.”

A native of Bucharest, Romania, Alcalay began playing piano when he was two years old and began composing music when he was eight years old. In 1984, Alcalay came under the tutelage of Leonard Bernstein and became the first recipient of The Leonard Bernstein Scholarship for gifted young musicians at Indiana University School of Music, where he earned bachelor's degrees in both piano and composition. Assisted by Maestro Bernstein, Eugene continued his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music and then The Juilliard School, where he attained master's and doctoral degrees in piano performance.

Alcalay's performance career has taken him to four continents and U.S. venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. Alcalay is a Steinway Artist and has an upcoming recital at Steinway Hall in New York City, New York, on Nov. 6. Future concerts will take him to London, Israel, China and India.

Contact: Eugene Alcalay, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1292, alcalaye@uwplatt.edu

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

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