Rawlins Piano Trio continues concert season

Rawlins Piano Trio continues concert season The nationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of The University of South Dakota is offering its fourth series of concerts in Sioux Falls and Vermillion during the 1999-2000 season. The series of four concerts entitled, "Stepping Stones across the Millennium" features a fascinating mix of standard as well as unusual repertoire. The concert series, which opened with performances in September, is co-sponsored by the USD Medical School and the College of Fine Arts.

The second concert in the series will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at Farber Hall of Old Main on the USD campus. In Sioux Falls, the concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 2300 S. West Ave. beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The upcoming program will be entitled, "The Romantic Ideal," featuring Brahm's lush and beautiful Op. 8 Trio. This work is one of the classics of the trio repertoire and represents the height of musical romanticism. Schubert's Sonatensatz, Henry Cowell's Trio: Four Combinations for Three Instruments and a transcription of Gershwin's Preludes add variety and excitement to this second concert.

For the Sioux Falls performances, admission will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students/children. Tickets are sold at the door. The third and fourth concerts are scheduled in Sioux Falls for March 21, 2000, and April 25, 2000, both on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

In Vermillion, there is no admission charge as the USD College of Fine Arts underwrites the series. The Vermillion concerts begin at 8 p.m. The remaining concerts in Vermillion will be held on Friday, March 24, 2000 and Thursday, April 27, 2000.

The Rawlins Piano Trio includes USD Department of Music faculty members Susan Keith Gray (piano), John Thomson (violin), and Richard Rognstad (cello). Named for the benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins, the trio has formed a reputation as a preeminent interpreter of American music. In January, Albany Records released the trio's second compact disc recording of this repertoire. The trio's varied and challenging repertoire also includes the complete Beethoven piano trio cycle, which they performed during the 1996-97 season.

For information call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481 or Professor Susan Keith Gray, (605) 677-5721.

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