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Gaubatz To Perform Entartete Musik
in Worldwide Webcast

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 Monday, August 28 at 6 pm. This concert will be webcast worldwide on the Internet. The concert will include other works for bassoon [Lynn] and piano [Frank Conlon] by Eric Zeisl, Alexandre Tansman, Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Hindemith, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. All these works were labeled Entartete Musik, or music banned in Nazi Germany because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents.

“I am thrilled that this music will be broadcast around the world to anyone with an Internet connection. I am especially pleased to be performing the world broadcast première of a work by Eric Zeisl. His daughter’s cooperation with my article on Zeisl’s life was so helpful, and when she sent me an unpublished and unperformed piece of his I was really excited.” Lynn also wrote an article about the life and music of Zeisl which appeared in the May edition of Austria Kultur, the magazine of the Austrian Cultural Institute, and on May 18, his 95th birthday, performed the world première of his piece The Good Old Time. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.]

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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 Much of his work remains unpublished and unheard.

Through her research into the lives and work of composers whose work was labeled Entartete Musik [degenerate music] because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents, Lynn is uncovering and performing music that was banned by Hitler, much of it never before published or performed. Lynn was the only musician invited to perform at the International Holocaust Conference in Vienna, Austria in September 1999, where she performed a solo work by exiled Viennese composer Egon Wellesz at the official reception given by the Burgermeister of Vienna.

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, Lynn 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.

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.

Lynn 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, Malaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.

Lynn has close ties to Austria, and is helping raise funds for the renovation of a 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.

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