Rawlins Piano Trio performs October 17 The Rawlins Piano Trio will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17 in Farber Hall on The University of South Dakota campus.
Trio members Susan Keith Gray, piano, John Thomson, violin, and Richard Rognstad, cello, will open the program with Beethoven's Trio in D Major, Opus 70, No. 1.
Known as the "Ghost" Trio because of the mysterious, perhaps spiritual, quality of the slow movement, it is one of Beethoven's most loved works.
Another mainstay of the trio repertoire, Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor, Opus 49 will conclude the program. It is very representative of Mendelssohn's music, featuring beautiful melodies, lush harmonies, and rigorous, balanced construction.
In addition to composing, Mendelssohn was noted as a conductor, principally of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany. While there he also founded one of the most important European music conservatories, the Hochschule fur Musik, which now bears his name.
One of the many Americans who studied at the conservatory was Mortimer Wilson, a native of Chariton, IA. Born in 1876, Wilson wrote From My Youth, Opus 5, a set of eight character pieces for trio in 1911. These charming trifles will also be featured in the concert.