Rawlins Trio to perform at Washington Pavilion

Rawlins Trio to perform at Washington Pavilion The nationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio will perform at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls on March 4, at 7 p.m.

The concert is generously underwritten by the Rawlins Fund through the USD Foundation, and there is no admission charge. Musical selections will include trios by Beethoven, Dvorak and Kenneth Klauss, a Parkston native. The work by Klauss has been dedicated to the Rawlins Piano Trio.

The Trio members are Susan Keith Gray (piano), John Thomson (violin), and James Nixon "Nick" Curry (cello), all of whom hold teaching positions in The University of South Dakota department of music.�

The trio recently wrapped up a performance and educational tour in Taiwan. Gray believes the tour was a success and said some of the highlights of the trip were, "? playing for the enthusiastic audiences, meeting highly motivated students and their dedicated teachers, the wonderful food, the beautiful scenery, and rich cultural heritage." She said that teaching the students in Taiwan was a pleasure, and they received warm welcomes in every place they stopped.

Members of The Rawlins Trio do not speak Chinese, but Gray said the enthusiasm from the students, coupled with several wonderful translators, made communication easier. Gray added that music has the power to overcome language and cultural barriers, noting, "the languages were different but the music was the same. There's always a way to share how the music comes from the heart."

In addition to their touring, The Rawlins Trio has recorded and released a new CD titled American Romance, which contains music performed during their tour of Taiwan and which will be featured in their upcoming March performance. The trio has recorded three CDs in total and has been invited frequently to perform at the national conventions of the Society for American Music. American Romance, released by Albany Records in August 2004, was met with critical acclaim and is available for purchase.

The Trio shows no signs of slowing down and is busy planning for the future. A fourth CD is being discussed as well as a number of concerts and tours. Subsequent to the March 4 concert in Sioux Falls this season, the Trio will perform on April 14 at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall in the Old Main Building at The University of South Dakota.

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