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USD's Rawlins Piano Trio opens season with three concerts

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio will perform its season-opening concerts in Sioux Falls, Sioux City and Vermillion.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the internationally-recognized ensemble will be at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at USD. Other area concert dates include Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls at 300 S. Minnesota Ave and on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m., the Trio will be featured on the Sioux City Chamber Music Series at the First Presbyterian Church, 608 Nebraska St. in Sioux City.

Entitled “A Matter of Place,”their fall program begins with the early romantic “Trio in A minor” by Russian Alexander Alyabiev. It offers gracious, lyrical melodies and pianistic virtuosity. The program concludes with the colorful, flowing harmonies and clear textures of Frenchman Gabriel Fauré’s only piano trio.

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 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. The Trio is named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins. The artists are faculty members in the USD Department of Music and include Eunho Kim, violin, Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello and Susan Keith Gray, piano.

For more information, please see the Trio’s Web site 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, Knudson 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