The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio presented two concerts this month to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The performances featured works by Schubert, Ravel and Lili Boulanger.
The first concert was held 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. The Trio performed again at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at the Belbas Hall located inside Washington Pavilion of Art and Science in Sioux Falls. Admission was free, however audience members were asked to make a donation to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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, and a May 2013 visit to South Korea. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded four CDs 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. The Trio recorded a fifth CD on the Azica label in June of 2012. Commissioned works by Emma Lou Diemer, James Lentini, Timothy Hoekman, Miguel Roig-Francoli and Stephen Yarbrough are featured. The CD will be released in 2013.
The Trio is named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins. All artists are faculty members in the USD Department of Music. For more information, see the Trio’s Web site at www.rawlinstrio.com or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481.