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The Art of the Virtuoso


Washington, DC -- Bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz will be featured at the Smithsonian Institution's final meeting of The Art of the Virtuoso on March 16, 1994 in a performance entitled "Virtuosity in 1994". The program will include works by Wilder, Jacob, Rimsky-Korsakow, and Tansman.

With live and recorded performances, the Smithsonian's The Art of the Virtuoso explores the work of great virtuosi over the past three centuries, and develops a deeper appreciation for the many elements of virtuosity. Previous lectures in the series include "The Virtuosic Splendor of the High Baroque", "The Development of the Classical Solo Concerto", "Paganini and Liszt: The Traveling Romantic Virtuosi", and "The Virtuoso Conductors".

Also featured in this performance will be Richard Parnas, former Principal Violist with the National Symphony Orchestra, where he often soloed, including a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall. In addition to his duties with the full orchestra, Mr. Parnas was a member of the NSO String Quartet, performing at the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Art Gallery, WETA-TV, and for President Jimmy Carter at the White House in 1977. Mr. Parnas has taught violin and viola at George Washington University since 1969. Presently, he performs as Principal Violist with the National Gallery Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and he has played solos recently with the Alexandria Symphony and the American Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Parnas will perform works by Vitali, Bloch and Weber.

Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Miss Gaubatz has been hailed by American and European critics 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 Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being the only bassoonist ever to perform a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, she has been featured there as soloist five times.

In addition to a series of performances at the Children's Hospital in Washington, DC, upcoming concerts by Miss Gaubatz include a recital at the Mexican Cultural Institute on March 19, 1994 and performances as soloist in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Biography enclosed. For further information, please go to http://www.LynnGaubatz.com.

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