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USDs Rawlins Piano Trio and friends to perform at Museum

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s nationally-acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio and friends will present a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. The concert, free and open to the public, will be at the National Music Museum Arne B. Larson Hall.

The concert will feature the museum’s 1876 Broadwood Semi-Grand piano with a program of 19th century works by Schubert and Brahms. The trio will share the concert with mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland and baritone Brandon Hendrickson, who will sing selections from the German lied with pianist Susan Keith Gray. All artists are 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. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded four CDs on the Albany Records label. The fourth disc, “American Discoveries” was released in July 2009. It presents the Trio’s first commissioned composition, “Volvic Maritim,” by New York-based composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. The Trio recorded a fifth CD on the Azica label in June of 2012. Commissioned works by Emma Lou Diemer, James Lentini, Timothy Hoekman, Miguel Roig-Francoli and Stephen Yarbrough are featured. The CD will be released later this year.

Tracelyn Gesteland, mezzo-soprano and assistant professor of music in voice/opera, is an active performer on the opera, concert and recital stage. Referred to by reviewers as “remarkable” and “an  engaging and versatile singing actress,” she has appeared in leading roles and concerts with the Houston Grand Opera, Atlantic Coast Opera, Stoughton Opera, Lone Star Lyric Theater, Sounds of South Dakota, South Dakota Symphony,  Sioux City Symphony, Nachitoches-Northwestern Symphony, Elgin Opera, Light Opera Works, Center Light Theatre, l’opera piccola, Ars Lyrica Houston, Moores Opera Center, Harrower Opera, Contemporary Opera Lab, National Opera Association, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the batons of Barenboim, Mehta, Boulez, Penderecki and Wolff. A photo of Gesteland is available for download at

Brandon Hendrickson, assistant professor of voice and opera, holds the degrees of Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. In 2011, Hendrickson was a regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in St. Paul, Minn. Hendrickson’s recent credits include debuts with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sounds of South Dakota, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Southeast Pennsylvania Symphony, Charleston Symphony, The South Dakota Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Opéra Louisiane, and The Dallas Opera in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s great American Opera, “Moby Dick.” Last spring he made his debut with Opera Charleston singing along side Denyce Graves in Bizet’s “Carmen,”and recently performed along side Samuel Ramey in a production of “Die Zauberflöte” as Papageno. A photo of Hendrickson is available for download at

Named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins, the Trio continues its commissioning program with a number of new works to be premiered during the next year. For more information see the Trio’s website at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481. To download a high resolution photo, please visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News