Sep 18, 2013

Rawlins Piano Trio debuts concert season with Sept. 26 performance

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio will open its 2013-14 concert season with an 8 p.m. performance on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota.

Entitled “A Colorful World,”the program features “Pale Yellow”and “Fiery Red” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and folk-influenced trios by Haydn, Piazzolla and Frank Martin. The Trio, named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins, include Eunho Kim, violin, Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello and Susan Keith Gray, piano – all faculty members in the USD Department of Music.

Since its founding in 1987, the Rawlins Piano Trio has distinguished itself as a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including recent concert and teaching tours throughout Taiwan and Panama and South Korea. In July 2013, their fifth CD, “Attracting Opposites: New Music for Piano Trio,” was released on the Azica label. It features five works commissioned by the Trio and created since 2008. More information about the composers and the works is available at

Other upcoming performances by the Trio include the series of the Black Hills Chamber Music Society at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the First Congregational Church in Rapid City; and the First Congregational Church Fine Arts Series in Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. In November, the Trio will be featured in the National Music Museum’s 40th anniversary celebration with guest commentator Rob Kapilow of NPR’s “What Makes It Great?” For more information, please visit the Trio’s Web site at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481. To download a high resolution photo, go to:

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