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Lynn Gaubatz Invited
to Perform World Première at
International Holocaust Conference
in Jerusalem

Lead Workshop at Conference on "The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors"

WASHINGTON, DC -- American virtuoso and scholar Lynn Gaubatz of Falls Church, Virginia, has been invited to perform and lead a workshop on Entartete Musik [degenerate music, or music banned by the Nazi regime because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents] at the Prime Minister's International Conference on the Legacy of Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem, Israel in April 2002. The workshop will include the performance of works for solo bassoon by Hans Erich Apostel, Karel Reiner, Egon Wellesz, and Eric Zeisl, and the world première of a work by Austrian-American composer Fritz Berens.

Other speakers at the conference will include Elie Wiesel; Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of the Republic of Poland; Beate and Serge Klarsfeld; Tom Lantos, U.S. Congressperson; Rabbi Dr. Israel Miller, President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Pel Ahlmark, author and former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden; Limor Livnat, Israeli Minister of Education; Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel; and Rabbi Michael Melchior, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel.

"This conference is such an exciting opportunity to bring this wonderful music to the world stage! I am thrilled and honored that Prof. Berens has already composed two solo pieces for me in 2002," says Gaubatz. "To think that he left Vienna in his 30s in 1939 and is still composing at 94!"

Composer/conductor Fritz Berens, born in Vienna, Austria in 1907, fled the Nazis in 1939. After emigrating to the US, he conducted the San Francisco Ballet and Opera and the Sacramento Symphony, and was an integral part of the first complete performance of Tschaikowsky's Nutcracker in the US. He went on to teach and conduct at Texas Christian University for many years and continues to teach in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lynn Gaubatz is recognized as one of today's most brilliant soloists. Named One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women by GLAMOUR Magazine, she has wowed audiences on four continents - North and South America, Europe and Africa - including virtuoso solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Chicago, Washington, and Boston. She has performed at music festivals around the world, including Aspen, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart's Don Giovanni. She has played principal bassoon in Austria, Germany, Spain, Venezuela and the U.S. under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Georg Solti, among others.

She was the only musician invited to perform at the International Holocaust Conference in Vienna, Austria in 1999, where she performed a solo work by exiled Viennese composer Egon Wellesz at the official reception given by the Burgermeister of Vienna and she performed as soloist at the 1999 award ceremony for an international Peace Prize in Trondheim, Norway.

In addition to her active international career as soloist and chamber musician, Gaubatz searches for survivors and descendants of the victims of the Holocaust who were composers, to bring to light the forgotten music of these artists. Through her research, she is finding and performing music that was banned by the Nazi regime, much of it never before published or heard. On April 29, 2001, the 56th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, she performed an Entartete Musik concert, including two works by Czech composer Karel Reiner who survived Terezín, Auschwitz, and was at Dachau at its liberation, for a worldwide broadcast audience from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. On May 18, 2000 she performed the première of a solo piece by Eric Zeisl, in conjunction with an article she wrote about the composer in Austria Kultur and on August 28, 2000 Gaubatz performed as soloist the world broadcast première of Eric Zeisl's The Good Old Time on a worldwide Internet webcast from the Kennedy Center. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.]

The depth and freshness of her artistry has attracted an entirely new, wide audience to her sell-out performances, and her dedication and commitment to mastering even the most demanding intricacies of the music has inspired composers in the US and Europe to write virtuoso solo and chamber music pieces in her honor. Gaubatz's performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and she's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lecture series Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience.

Gaubatz 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. She also performs "crossover" concerts with award-winning jazz/cabaret singer Barbara Lea, performing the works of composers who composed both classical and popular music, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Alec Wilder.

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