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Lynn Gaubatz To Perform
Czech Entartete Musik
in Worldwide Webcast

Kennedy Center to Broadcast Concert
on 56th Anniversary of the Liberation of Dachau

WASHINGTON, DC -- American virtuoso Lynn Gaubatz of Falls Church, Virginia, will perform a recital of Entartete Musik at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 29 at 6 pm EDT. The concert, to be broadcast worldwide via the Internet, commemorates the 56th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau with music by Karel Reiner, a Dachau survivor.

The concert will include works for bassoon and piano by Karel Reiner, Jaromir Weinberger, Eric Zeisl, Felix Mendelssohn, Karol Rathaus, Fritz Berens, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. All these works were labeled “Entartete Musik” [degenerate music], or music banned by the Nazi regime because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents.

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“I was thrilled to discover the address of the widow of Czech composer Karel Reiner when I was in Vienna last December researching Entartete Musik. As soon as she got my letter, she sent me the scores of the two pieces he composed for bassoon and - more importantly - her telephone number in Prague. When I called and told her I was going to perform her late husband’s works on a worldwide broadcast, she exclaimed, ‘What a wonderful present for my 80th birthday on April 19th!’” Reiner and his wife were imprisoned in the Terezín (Theresienstadt) concentration camp with composers Viktor Ullman, Hans Krása, Pavel Hass and Gideon Klein, after which Reiner was sent to Auschwitz. He survived Auschwitz and was sent to Dachau, where he was still imprisoned when the U.S. troops liberated the camp in 1945.

“Dachau was liberated on April 29, 1945, so this concert, 56 years to the day after Reiner was finally freed, is a victory for him and his life’s work,” says Lynn. “I am really excited to bring Reiner’s work before the public again. His music is so strong, and his life story is so moving.” Lynn will also perform Sonatine by Prague-born composer Jaromir Weinberger, Polichinelle by Polish composer Karol Rathaus, Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Slavic Song by Eric Zeisl, an Austrian composer of Czech heritage.

Lynn’s article on the life and music of composer Eric Zeisl appeared in the May 2000 edition of Austria Kultur, the magazine of the Austrian Cultural Institute, and on May 18, his 95th birthday, she performed the world première of his piece The Good Old Time. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.] Zeisl, born May 18, 1905 in Vienna, Austria, fled Vienna the morning after Kristallnacht [November 9, 1938], narrowly avoiding capture. Settling for a time in Paris, where he began his long friendship with Darius Milhaud, Zeisl eventually moved to the United States, finally landing in Hollywood. In 1945 he became an American citizen. On February 18, 1959, after teaching a composition theory class at Los Angeles City College, Zeisl suffered a fatal heart attack. Much of his work remains unpublished and unheard.

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.

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. Lynn’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 her August 2000 solo recital from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC was broadcast worldwide via the Internet.

Lynn 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. Through her research into the lives and work of composers whose work was labeled Entartete Musik [degenerate music] because it was created by Jewish composers or dissidents, she is uncovering and performing music that was banned by Hitler, much of it never before published or performed.

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria from 1982 to 1984, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Seville, Malaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. She is planning a series of “crossover” concerts with award-winning jazz/cabaret singer Barbara Lea, performing the works of composers who have a strong presence in both the classical and popular fields, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Alec Wilder. She's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lectures Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience, and she was chosen by America Online's popular StarFinder to be the only bassoonist every profiled as an up-and-coming artist.

On April 7, 2001, Lynn will perform Entartete Musik by Austrian composers at the Karmelitenkloster on Silbergasse in Vienna. Lynn has close ties to Austria, and is helping raise funds for the renovation of this historic 19th-century church and Carmelite cloister in Vienna, Austria. She has translated the friars' website and materials from the original German into English, and has spread 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.

In 1999, Lynn performed as soloist at the ceremony during which Carmel Budiardjo, the 1995 recipient of the alternative Nobel Peace Prize and leader of Tapol (an organization which supports political prisoners and fights for human rights in Indonesia) awarded an international Peace Prize to East Timorese Student Leader Antero B. da Silva. Earlier guests of honor for this conference have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Chai Ling, the leader of the student uprising in China in 1989; and author Taslima Nasreen. During the same conference, a solo by Lynn served as an introduction to a speech by Jasmind Sooka from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the commission established to help South Africa deal with its post-apartheid era problems.

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