Rawlins Piano Trio announces concert season

Rawlins Piano Trio announces concert season The nationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of The University of South Dakota is offering its third series of trio concerts in Sioux Falls and Vermillion during the 1998-99 season.

The series of four concerts, entitled A Musical Tour, features music by composers from around the world.

Concert I, An American in Paris, includes the colorful trio of French composer Maurice Ravel, the captivating trio by a precocious, teen-aged Cesar Franck, and the haunting Nocturnes by Swiss-American Ernest Bloch.

This opening concert will first be performed in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 3200 South West Avenue. On Sunday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., the Trio will repeat this program in Farber Hall in Old Main at USD.

Concert II travels into the 18th century with the artists performing on historical instruments. From Od Vienna celebrates Viennese masters Haydn and Beethoven and introduces trios by the Italian Gaetano Pugnani and the American William Robjohn.

The Sioux Falls concert is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Vermillion concert is Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Shrine to Music Museum at 8 p.m.

Concerts III and IV are performed in conjunction with America and the Jewish World sponsored by the USD College of Fine Arts during spring semester 1999. The works highlighted are by composers either of Jewish ancestry or those who wrote music based on Jewish ideas.

The countries of Germany, Russia and America are represented by Felix Mendelssohn, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin in Concert III and by Dmitri Shostakovich and Rubin Goldmark in Concert IV.

The Sioux Falls concerts are on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Vermillion concerts are Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in Farber Hall.

For the Sioux Falls series, admission for each concert is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students/children. Tickets are sold at the door.

In Vermillion, the series is underwritten by the USD College of Fine Arts and there is no admission charge. The concert series is co-sponsored by the USD Medical School and the College of Fine Arts. For information call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481.

The Trio enjoys a reputation as a preeminent interpreter of American music and has recorded two CDs of music by American composers on the Albany Records label. Owing to its expertise, the Trio has been invited three times to perform at the national conventions of the Sonneck Society of American Music.

Other performance credits include the Trio's highly successful series of the complete Beethoven trio cycle during the 1996-97 season.

Members of the Rawlins Piano Trio are Pianist Susan Keith Gray, violinist John Thomson and cellist Richard Rognstad. The artists fulfill teaching positions in the Music Department of USD.

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