Rawlins Piano Trio will present opening concert

The nationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of the University of South Dakota will present its opening concert of the 2009-2010 Vermillion season on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. The concert is open to the public free of charge and will be held in Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota campus.

In this performance, the trio welcomes new violinist, Eunho Lee. Lee joins pianist Susan Keith Gray and cellist, Marie-Elaine Gagnon. All three artists are faculty members in the University of South Dakota Department of Music. The concert program will include the world premiere performance of the Julian Trio by USD faculty member and composer, Stephen Yarbrough. The work was commissioned by the Rawlins Piano Trio.

It is inspired by the Revelations of Divine Love of St. Julian of Norwich, a 14th century mystic. The concert will also include the early Trio in G by Claude Debussy and the well-known Trio in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth.

Since its founding in 1987, the Rawlins Piano Trio has distinguished itself as a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including recent concert and teaching tours throughout Taiwan and Panama. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded four CDs of these works on the Albany Records label.

The fourth disc, "American Discoveries" was released in July 2009. It presents the Trio's first commissioned composition – Volvic Maritim by New York based composer, Daniel Bernard Roumain. Reviewer J. Scott Morrison states that this disc is "another winner from the Rawlins Trio – they continue their work of bringing us American composers' music that is worth hearing. Their playing is artful, suave and pleasing."

The Trio continues its commissioning program with a number of new works to be premiered during the next year. The Trio is named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins. For additional information see the Trio's Web site at www.rawlinstrio.com or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481.

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