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Guest Artist Series

Rawlins Piano Trio


March 19, 2023

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
 121 W. 12th St. Davenport, IA

Free Admission

The Rawlins Piano Trio is a dynamic group of performers, teachers, and scholars, distinguishing themselves in arts outreach, masterclasses, and a variety of performances. 


The members of the Trio are Dr. Ioana Galu (violin), Dr. Sonja Kraus (cello), and Dr. Susan Keith Gray (piano),  all are faculty members at the University of South Dakota Department of Music. As enthusiastic teachers, outreach is a vital component of their touring schedule with masterclasses and school visits throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble is named in honor of the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, principal benefactors and graduates of the University of South Dakota in the 1940s.


Prestigious performance venues include Sejong Chamber Hall (Seoul, South Korea), Chiang-Kai-Shek Cultural Center (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Teatro de Anita Villalaz for the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panama, and national conferences of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America. 


Their diverse repertoire ranges from standard works to new and undiscovered pieces deserving to be brought into the public light. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded five different CDs of these works. 

Attracting Opposites (Azica, 2013) celebrates commissions by Miguel Roig-Francoli, Stephen Yarbrough, James Lentini, Timothy Hoekman, and Emma Lou Diemer. 

American Discoveries (Albany) presented the Trio’s first commissioned composition--Volvic Maritim by New York based composer, Daniel Bernard Roumain. 


Reviewer J. Scott Morrison declared American Discoveries, “…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.”


(“These artists are first class. They perform with elan and intensity. Highly recommended!”) - bassist and Inner Game of Music author Barry Green.

Concert Program

Calliope Dreaming (2009) Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957)

Piano Trio (2003) Jennifer Higdon

  I. Pale Yellow (b. 1962)

  II. Fiery Red

Tango Trio, Op. 71 (2001) Miguel del Aguila (b. 1957)


Brief Intermission


Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 (1894) Anton Arensky

  I. Allegro moderato (1861–1906)

  II. Allegro molto

  III. Adagio

  IV. Allegro non troppo

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