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Gaubatz Plays Wilder
At The World Bank

WASHINGTON, DC -- American bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz will perform the Air for Bassoon and Strings by Alec Wilder and Concerto in e minor by Antonio Vivaldi at the World Bank on February 24, 1998 at 8 pm with the Levine Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Charles Ellis.

Says Miss Gaubatz, "This is a VERY exciting project for me! Alec Wilder's music has enchanted me since I first met him in 1974. I've performed his Sonatas for Bassoon and Piano a number of times, including at the Smithsonian and the 10th Annual Alec Wilder Concert and Celebration in New York City in 1994.

"His Air for Bassoon and Strings has been recorded twice and performed once in 1962, but otherwise it hasn't been heard in 35 years. I'm very grateful to Gunther Schuller and Margun Music, who are publishing the score and parts specially for this performance.

"Frank Sinatra, a close friend of Wilder, conducted this piece on the first recording in 1945, because it was wartime and Columbia Records claimed not to have enough 'shellack' to press a record until Sinatra volunteered. In the score Sinatra used for this recording are some amazing notations, like 'point at first violins here'! That must've been a crazy session, led by a conductor who loved Wilder's music but couldn't read a note of it."

Miss Gaubatz actively encourages composers to write for the bassoon, and has had three unaccompanied pieces and a bassoon concerto, as well as several chamber works, written in her honor. In December 1997 Miss Gaubatz performed the European première of Wolfgang Pillinger's Kleine Suite von "Kein Platz für Idioten" (composed for her world première performance in the US in October 1997) in Salzburg, Austria at Schloss Leopoldskron during the Salzburg Seminar on "Music for a New Millennium". In September 1996 she performed a joint recital with Austrian flutist Helmut Zangerle at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, which included the world première of Pillinger's Small Match for 3 Players. Miss Gaubatz lived in Salzburg from 1981-84 and was a Gastprofessor at the Mozarteum, where Pillinger currently teaches.

In August 1997 she was named a member of the Salzburger Mozart-Solisten [Salzburg Mozart Soloists] and she 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.

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, 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.

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