Rawson Duo

Specializing in Romantic and early twentieth-century works, the Rawson Duo (Violin and Piano) has given numerous recitals on college campuses and community performing arts series across the United States and Canada. The Rawsons now reside in Chimacum where they perform throughout the year in the intimate setting of their home located on 7.5 acres, bringing to life rarely heard works celebrated with warm hospitality.

UPCOMING  EVENTS

 

Interesting Bits

 

Rawson Duo Concerts Reviewed:

 

Article written for the February, 2009 

Port Ludlow Village Voice 

by Bernard Super

 

 

 

New: First time ever recording of Amanda Maier and Julius Röntgen's Swedische Weisen und Tänze from Nordlys 2012, Music of Sweden, recorded Sunday, December  23. Click on the image to listen, linked to the International Music Score Library Progect (IMSLP.org)  

 

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For a concert sample, here is the complete recording of a concert given at the  Rawson home in April, 2008 performing Russian and Armenian music: 

 

from Russia with Love

Mussorgsky / Rachmaninov, Hopak  / Balakirev, Impromptu 

Rimsky-Korsakov / Kreisler, Chanson Arabe 

Rimsky-Korsakov / Kreisler, Danse Orientale 

Rachmaninov, Romance Op. 6 No. 1 

Komitas, Apricot Tree / Khachaturian, Lyric Poem  

Khachaturian, Dance  

Tchaikowsky, Russian Dance from Swan Lake 

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Meditation 

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Scherzo  

Tchaikowsky, Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42, Melody 

Tchaikowsky, Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

Click here for the program (opens in a new window)

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Archives: Olympic Youth Strings 

and Olympic Chamber Orchestra

(a non-profit organization active 2005 -2008)

 

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Violinist Alan Rawson first pursued his music interests in his junior year in high school as a self-taught folk guitarist, recorder player, and madrigal singer. Classical Violin studies were begun at Cañada Junior College in Redwood City California, since their program did not include Country and Western fiddling. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University and completed his doctorate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder in violin performance studying with Oswald Lehnert while developing a passionate interest in Rocky Mountain cycling and cross country skiing. He has served on the music faculties of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the University of Idaho in Moscow, and has recently retired from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he directed the University Orchestra and taught upper strings. He was concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for twenty years and appeared as a featured orchestral soloist several times performing works by Tchaikowsky, Mozart, Sibelius, and Bruch, among others.

Alan has a passionate interest in exploring the music of past great composers, now all but lost to obscurity, and he is actively researching, locating and scanning public domain scores, making these freely available to the internet community worldwide.

A native of Fargo, ND, Sandy Rawson  (pianist, organist, harpsichordist) completed her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Minnesota and continued  her studies at the Musik Akademie in Vienna, Austria. During her long tenure in the Fargo Moorhead area, she was a highly active accompanist and large ensemble pianist performing with all the major organizations including opera, symphony, choral, ballet, universities and public schools. She frequently appeared on faculty and guest artist recitals at the three local universities, NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia College. An active church organist from the age of 14, she held the post of organist at the First Congregational Church in Fargo for 25 years. She currently is the organist for Sequim Community Church. 

Sandy’s love of music is equaled by her love for cooking. A professionally trained chef, having lived several years in Europe and Japan, international cuisine has been a lifelong passion.

 

On the music research trail in Europe, 2000

 

Contact the Rawsons

 

 

 

          

 

The Rawson Home located on 7.5 acres in Chimacum, WA / Comfortable seating for 55 guests

 

Map and Directions

 

The Rawson Duo Concert Series

 

Alan Rawson, violin / Sandy Rawson, piano

 

 

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   Upcoming events:

On Friday and Sunday, December 15 & 17, 2 pm the Rawson Duo will present their tenth anniversary Nordlys (Northern Lights) concert at their Chimacum home, showcasing classical violin and piano works by Scandinavian composers from the twilight of the Romantic era.

This year’s Nordlys centers on Sweden and once again follows the Duo’s passion of rediscovery, opening with Olof Wilhelm Peterson-Berger's four movement Suite, Op. 15 (1910), set aglow with its fiery Fackeldans (torch dance) — a rare find, obtained directly from The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden in Stockholm.

Other works on the program will include selections from Tor Aulin’s arrangements of Emil Sjögren’s songs based on the Tannhäuzer poetry of Julius Wolff and Holger Drachmann. Sigurd von Koch’s Sonata in E minor (1913), will be the subject of the second half — a brilliant showcase for both instruments, rich in evocative harmonies and glowing melody, another of those amazing finds all but lost to time.

Sandy's own culinary researches will follow the program in a reception celebrating the gourmet arts of Sweden. 

Köttpaj ? . . . Äppelkaka ? . . . You'll have to come find out.

Turn off the cell phones, the computers, the cable and satellite TV, take your mind back to the warm comforts of an elegant 1900s’ parlor, and savor the rich melodies of northern lands in wintertime; enjoy this rare music in a setting of comfort and intimacy as no other!

Seating is limited and arranged through advanced paid reservation, $25. Reservations: contact Alan or Sandy Rawson via email or call 360-379-3449 (press 1 when anti-solicitation message begins). Checks should be made payable to: 

Dr. Alan Rawson, 10318 Rhody Drive, Chimacum WA 98325 ________________________________________________

image: Our faithful Ben (1998 – 2014) and the Rawson home in Nordic winter dress, November 2011

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 (RD on the trail, 2015: Scotland departure near Annon on The Solway Firth in June / Berlin arrival in July)

 

 

Concert life at the Rawsons

Some pictures from our 2009-2010 season 

     

 

         

 

              

 

 

 

Recent Programs

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2016-17 Season in Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-16 Season in Review

 

 

 

 

2014-15 Season in Review

 

 

 

 

 

2013-14 Season in Review

 

 

 

 

 

2012-13 Season in Review

Friday and Sunday, May 17 & 19, 2 pm

 

Friday and Sunday, April 12 & 14, 2 pm

 

Friday and Sunday, March 8 & 10, 2 pm

Friday and Sunday, February 1 & 3, 2 pm

 

Friday and Sunday, December 21 & 23, 2 pm

 

Friday and Sunday, November 9 and 11, 2 pm

 

Friday and Sunday, October 5 & 7

 

2011-12 Season in Review

 

 

Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, May 4, 6, & 8

 

Friday and Sunday, March 30 & April 1

 

Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, 

February 24, 26, & 28

 

Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, January 22, 24 & 27

 

Friday and Sunday, November 11 and 13

 

 

 

Take a look at Rawson Duo Past Seasons

Follow these links for past concert fliers, programs, and event pictures

Rawson Duo, 2010-11 Season

Rawson Duo, 2009-10 Season

Rawson Duo, 2008-9 Season

Rawson Duo, 2007-8 Season