Sep 18, 2012

Rawlins Piano Trio to premiere ‘Songs of Light and Darkness’ at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The internationally-acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of the University of South Dakota will open its 2012-13 concert with the world premiere of “Songs of Light and Darkness” by composer Miguel A. Roig-Francolí at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The Trio, pianist Susan Keith Gray, violinist Eunho Kim and cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon, are faculty members in the University of South Dakota Department of Music. In addition to “Songs of Light and Darkness,” the ensemble will also perform Trio, Op. 1, No. 1 by Beethoven and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield. The concert is free and open to the public. A second performance of “Songs of Light and Darkness” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

A native of Spain, Roig-Francolí studied composition in Madrid with Miguel A. Coria and at Indiana University with Juan Orrego-Salas. He is currently professor of music theory and composition at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Roig-Francolí, who is attending the concert premiere, will visit USD music theory classes and make a formal presentation at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Colton Recital Hall. A member of an international study group on Spanish music affiliated with the Sorbonne University (Paris), his compositions have been widely performed in Spain, England, Germany, Mexico and the United States. A photo of the composer is available for download at,%20University%20of%20Cincinnati.jpg.

The Rawlins Piano Trio, named for benefactors, the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, began commissioning works in 2005. Since its founding in 1987, the ensemble has performed regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad, including recent concerts and teaching tours throughout Taiwan and Panama. The ensemble has recorded four CDs, including “American Discoveries” that was released in July 2009. It features the Trio’s first commissioned composition, “Volvic Maritim,” by Daniel Bernard Roumain. For more information, please visit the Trio’s website at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5724. To download a high resolution photo, go to

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