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WASHINGTON, DC -- American bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz and Austrian flutist Helmut Zangerle will be the featured soloists at the Austrian Embassy on Friday, September 20 at 8 pm. Performing both as soloist and accompanist will be pianist Frank Conlon. The finale of the performance will be the World Premiere of Small Match for Three Players, for flute, bassoon and piano composed specially for this performance by Austrian composer Wolfgang Pillinger.

This program marks the first time Profs. Gaubatz and Zangerle have worked together since her return to the U.S. in 1984, after living in Salzburg, Austria where they taught together at the Mozarteum.

Laughingly declaring, "I kid Helmut that he's taking a transatlantic flight from Salzburg to Vienna", Miss Gaubatz says, "I realized that if I didn't take action, I might never have the chance to see and work with him again. Helmut is such a fine gentleman and colleague that I refused to let our friendship slip away because of a measly few thousand miles."

Friendship seems to be the key word for these performances. "When we decided to set up these concerts we wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion. Helmut spoke with Wolfgang Pillinger, a friend and well-known Austrian composer who was also on the faculty of the Mozarteum with us, and he agreed to write us a trio! Adding my dear friend and colleague Frank Conlon to the mix makes it perfect."

Says Miss Gaubatz, "I'm involved in the movement to promote and perform the works of Alec Wilder, whom I met in 1974, with a number of his friends and colleagues and Frank and I will perform Wilder's Sonata No. 2 for Bassoon and Piano. To showcase his talents as a soloist, Frank will perform Gershwin's Three Preludes to round out the American contributions to our program." The program will also include the American premiere of the duo Trois Inventions Modales, a work by Prof. Zangerle's friend, Austrian composer Thomas Daniel Schlee; Beethoven's Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano; Martinu's Sonata for Flute and Piano; and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 by Villa-Lobos.

Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Miss Gaubatz has been hailed by critics in Europe and the U.S. as "brilliant", "charming", and "delightful". Miss Gaubatz has performed as soloist on four continents and served for two years as the Bassoon Professor at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being the first bassoonist ever to perform a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, she has been featured soloist there five times.

Future performances by Profs. Gaubatz and Zangerle together include concerts in Austria.

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