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 www.rawlinstrio.com or call the USD College of Fine Arts at 605-658-3466.