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Gaubatz Plays Entartete Musik -
Music Banned by the Nazis

Washington, DC -- World War II officially ended in 1945, but in many ways victimization by the Nazis continues. Only now are bank accounts, stolen artwork, and other assets which should rightfully have been returned to the heirs of Hitler's victims being found.

Many composers had their lives cut short in concentration camps and their dreams and careers ruined by the Third Reich. Their work was labeled Entartete Musik, or degenerate music, because it was created by Jewish composers. Through her research into the lives and work of these composers, Lynn Gaubatz is uncovering and performing music that was banned by Hitler, much of it never before published or performed.

"The grown children and grandchildren of these composers have helped me enormously with this work. I am so happy to bring these pieces to light before they were lost forever," says Gaubatz. "Tracing the careers of these composers who fled the Nazis, many of whom made their way to England and the US, is fascinating and humbling. I hope to keep their music and their legacy alive by not just performing this music, but also by recording it. Already I've found enough for an entire recital evening and a CD of music for solo bassoon."

Lynn Gaubatz is a name familiar to audiences around the world. Named One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women by GLAMOUR Magazine, Gaubatz has performed as soloist in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Her critically-acclaimed performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto have been broadcast on three continents by PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and she's the only bassoonist ever to have a recital broadcast worldwide by The Voice of America. She is also the only bassoon soloist ever featured at the Smithsonian Institution's Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience in Washington, DC.

On March 12, 1999, Gaubatz was the featured soloist at an international Peace Prize ceremony in Norway. "I am deeply honored to be chosen to participate in these historic events and awed to appear on the same stage with human rights leaders from around the world," said Gaubatz, who also performed as an introduction to the March 13 speech of Ms. Jasmind Sooka from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the commission established to help South Africa deal with its post-apartheid era problems.

She has played as principal bassoonist under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Georg Solti and others, with orchestras in Austria, Germany, Spain, Venezuela and the U.S. She has performed at music festivals around the world, including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart's Don Giovanni. She taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria from 1982 to 1984, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.

Another of Gaubatz's current projects is raising funds for the renovation of a historic 19th- century church and Carmelite cloister in Vienna, Austria. In addition to translating the friars' website and materials from the original German into English and spreading the information around the world via the Internet, she is planning a benefit concert in Vienna to help with the $2.7 million renovation. Other benefit concerts she has given in the US and Europe have included concerts for Musicians Against World Hunger, scholarship funds for a community music school in Washington, DC, and a group which aids in the nuclear disarmament of the former Soviet Union. She also created websites in both English and Spanish for an organization which supports the work of lay and religious persons caring for the poor, the aged, and the mentally impaired.

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