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USD's Rawlins Piano Trio to Play Fall Concert

Ioana Galu, Sonja Kraus and Susan Keith Gray make up the Rawlins Piano Trio. The Rawlins Piano Trio includes music faculty members Ioana Galu, violin, Sonja Kraus, cello, and Susan Keith Gray, piano. They perform Saturday, Sept. 21.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio will perform its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The internationally-recognized ensemble will be at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at USD.

The artists will collaborate with guest violinist Mihaela Oprea from the South Denmark Philharmonic for the Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 by Brahms. The program begins with Pale Yellow by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The trio will also play the jazz-inspired Café Music of American composer Paul Schoenfield. 

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.

The Rawlins Piano Trio will perform the same program Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. as part of the Sacred Arts Series of the First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls. They also have concerts in Centerville, South Dakota on Oct. 6 and Conrad, Iowa, on Oct. 12.

For more information see the Trio’s website at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at 605-658-3466.

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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