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USD's Rawlins Piano Trio to Play Fall Concert

USD Rawlins Piano Trio to Play Fall Concert The USD Rawlins Piano Trio will perform a concert on Sunday, Oct. 14.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio will perform its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The internationally recognized ensemble will perform at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at USD.

The program begins with the famous “Ghost” Trio of Beethoven, Op. 70, No. 1, named for its eerie middle movement. For its second work, the trio honors the contributions of women composers. Germaine Tailleferre was the only female member of the famous Parisian group of innovative composers, “Les Six,” during the 1920s. The program closes with five selections from the clever “20 Jazzicals” by Ilan Rechtman.

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, 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 Ioana Galu, violin; Sonja Kraus, cello; and Susan Keith Gray, piano.

For more information, visit the Rawlins Piano Trio’s website or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481.

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USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News