The University of South Dakota Rawlins Trio to perform The internationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of The University of South Dakota will present a concert on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
The free concert is open to the public and will be held in Farber Hall of the Old Main Building on campus at The University of South Dakota. Pianist Susan Keith Gray, violinist John Thomson and cellist Nick Curry will be joined by violist Arian Sheets, string curator at the National Music Museum, and baritone Christopher Mitchell, assistant professor of voice at USD.
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. The Trio's varied and challenging repertoire also includes the complete Beethoven piano trio cycle, which they performed during the 1996-97 season.
The Rawlins Piano Trio performs throughout the United States and abroad including a highly successful performance and teaching tour to Taiwan in December 2004. The Trio's lastest CD, American Romance, released by Albany Records in August 2004 is declared "A real find!" by reviewer Scott Morrison. The three artist-teachers are members of the faculty at The University of South Dakota department of music.�
The upcoming concert will highlight both of the Trio's musical specialties. A trio by Beethoven as well as a group of works by three American composers will be performed. Beethoven's second trio (Op. 1, No. 2) displays the composer's wit, lyrical style and dramatic force. The Santa Fe Songs of Ned Rorem are based on the poetry of Witter Bynner and feature Prof. Mitchell with a quartet of violin, viola, cello and piano. Four short pieces by Henry Cowell display all of the possible instrumental combinations of the piano trio. The work by Parkston native Kenneth Klauss is dedicated to the Rawlins Trio.