USD’s Rawlins Piano Trio to perform

Rawlins Piano Trio

Rawlins Piano Trio

The University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio will open its 2013-14 concert season with a performance on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at University of South Dakota.

Entitled “A Colorful World,” the program features “Pale Yellow and Fiery Red” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and folk-influenced trios by Haydn, Piazzolla and Frank Martin.

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 South Korea.

In July 2013, their fifth CD, “Attracting Opposites: New Music for Piano Trio” was released on the Azica label. It features five works commissioned by the Trio and created since 2008.

More information about the composers and the works is available at

Other upcoming performances by the Trio include the series of the Black Hills Chamber Music Society on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Rapid City and at the First Congregational Church Fine Arts Series in Sioux Falls on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.

In November, the Trio will be featured in the National Music Museum’s 40th anniversary celebration with guest commentator Rob Kapilow of NPR’s “What Makes It Great?”

The Trio is named for benefactors Marjorie Rawlins and the late Robert Rawlins. The artists are faculty members in the USD Department of Music and include Eunho Kim, violin; Marie-Elaine Gagnon, cello; and Susan Keith Gray, piano.

For more information see the Trio’s Web site at or call the USD College of Fine Arts at (605) 677-5481.


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