The internationally acclaimed Rawlins Piano Trio of the University of South Dakota will perform the world premiere of Songs of Light and Darkness by Miguel A. Roig-Francolí at the opening concert of its 2012-13 season. The ensemble will also perform Trio, Op. 1, No. 1 by Beethoven and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield.
The performance is Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota campus. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Miguel A. Roig-Francolí is a native of Spain. He studied composition in Madrid with Miguel A. Coria, and at Indiana University with Juan Orrego-Salas, and is currently professor of music theory and composition at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He will attend the world premiere performance.
While at USD, he will visit music theory classes and make a formal presentation on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Colton Recital Hall.
About his Songs of Light and Darkness, he says the following, "Composed at a time in which light was starting to return to my soul after a period of personal darkness, this trio is a musical reflection on light and darkness, both in the inner and outer worlds. Places of light and darkness in nature represent and reflect parallel places of light and darkness in the soul. In the end, though, there is only light, as symbolized by the quotation of the complete plainchant antiphon 'Lux perpetua' in movement III."
The Rawlins Piano Trio began commissioning works in 2005. In June 2012, the trio recorded the commissions by James Lentini, Stephen Yarbrough, Emma Lou Diemer, Timothy Hoekman and Roig -Francolí on the Azica label for release in 2013.
The ensemble performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including recent concert and teaching tours throughout Taiwan and Panama.
The trio has recorded four CDs of American 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."
Pianist Susan Keith Gray, violinist Eunho Kim, and cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon are faculty members in the University of South Dakota Department of Music. The trio is named for benefactors, the late Marjorie and 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) 677-5724.