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Gaubatz Appointed
Salzburg Seminar Fellow

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA -- Acclaimed American bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz has been appointed a Fellow at the prestigious Salzburg Seminar. 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.

Founded in 1947, the Salzburg Seminar was initially conceived as an experiment, a means to bring together young intellectuals from countries that until recently had been at war with each other. In the '90s the Salzburg Seminar has become an important meeting ground and a seminal influence in the international arenas of government, business, law, science, education, and the arts. Participants are selected on a competitive basis from around the world and work with a distinguished international faculty, all of whom donate their time and expertise.

The seminars have involved, to date, participants from 123 countries. Among them are Nobel Prize laureate Saul Bellow, the economist John Kenneth Galbraith, the Czech Chancellor Vaclav Klaus, and the longtime Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York James Levine. Since 1957 12 current or past US Supreme Court Justices have donated their time and energy to serve as Faculty members.

The topic for Miss Gaubatz's seminar is "Music for a New Millennium: The Classical Genre in Contemporary Society". The seminar will be led by Martin Bookspan (Chair), Music Critic, Broadcast Commentator and Author, New York; Gérard Mortier, Director, Salzburg Festival, Austria; and Peter Sculthorpe, Composer, Professor of Musical Composition, University of Sydney, Australia.

This session will explore the composition and performance of classical music on the eve of the new millennium by bringing together composers, performers, conductors, and music critics to examine both creative and practical aspects of current trends in classical music and to discuss how the contemporary classical music world is evolving in the modern, global context. What forces are driving the edges and boundaries of classical music in new directions? How are composers, conductors, and performers transforming our understanding of what constitutes "classical music" today? What conclusions are to be drawn about the music of the twentieth century, and what musical developments are on the horizon as we enter the twenty-first?

In 1997 Miss Gaubatz performed the world premiere of Kleine Suite from "Kein Platz für Idioten", composed for her by Wolfgang Pillinger; was named a member of the Salzburger Mozart-Solisten [Salzburg Mozart Soloists], a European-based chamber music ensemble; and was chosen by America Online's popular StarFinder feature to be the first and only bassoonist every profiled as an up-and-coming virtuoso soloist.

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