Rawlins Piano Trio to perform The nationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of The University of South Dakota will perform at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in Farber Hall of the Old Main Building on The University of South Dakota campus. This concert features works by Beethoven, Frank Martin, Henry Cowell and Charles Villiers Stanford. In the Beethoven songs, the trio will be joined by USD voice and choral faculty member Dr. Matthew Harden. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.
This concert by the trio is part of The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts 2001-02 theme of Ireland the the Americas. According to Susan Keith Gray, pianist in the group, "The folk element prevails in much of Irish music, so the search for classical works was not easy; however, with the creative resources of trio colleagues John Thomson and Richard Rognstad, the group has selected quite a fascinating and diverse program of works."
Irish subject matter inspired the pieces by Beethoven, Swiss composer Frank Martin and Irish-American innovator Henry Cowell. Native Dubliner, Charles Villiers Stanford modeled his large-scale romantic trio in the style of German 19th century romantic composers.
The members of the Rawlins Piano Trio are department of music faculty members Susan Keith Gray (piano), John Thomson (violin), and Richard Rognstad (cello). Named for benefactors Majorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins, the trio has formed a reputation as a preeminent interpreter of 19th and early 20th century American music.
In January 1999, Albany Records released the trio's second compact disc recording of this repertoire. A third recording is nearing release. The trio's varied and challenging repertoire also includes the complete Beethoven piano trio cycle which they performed during the 1996-97 season.