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Gaubatz & Lea:

Wilder & Wilder!
At The Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON, DC -- Virtuoso bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz and award-winning jazz/cabaret singer Barbara Lea will team up to perform the both classical and jazz works by American composer Alec Wilder at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on Monday, August 27th at 6 pm ET. The concert concert will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet.

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The performance will include Barbara Lea singing While We’re Young, It’s So Peaceful In The Country, Trouble is a Man, Who Can I Turn To?, and of course I’ll Be Around. Lea will be accompanied by pianist Larry Eanet. Lynn Gaubatz will perform Wilder’s Sonata No. 2 for Bassoon and Piano and his Air for Bassoon accompanied by pianist Frank Conlon. Lynn and Barbara will team up to perform Wilder’s Muldoon the Bassoon [lyrics by Marshall Barer].

Lynn got the idea for Wilder & Wilder! after performing Wilder's Air for Bassoon and Strings at the World Bank in Washington, DC in February 1998. Her performance of this piece was only the second since it was written in 1945 (and the first in over 35 years) and she worked closely with Gunther Schuller's Margun Music to prepare and edit the parts for publishing. As she steeped herself in the classical side of Wilder's work, she found the lyrical, popular song style peeking out at her between the lines. She began to delve deeper and deeper into the popular side of Wilder's life work and realized it gave a dimension to his classical music that is rarely demonstrated to the same audience. Click here to go to the Wilder & Wilder! website.

When Lynn decided to pair Wilder's popular and classical music on the same concerts, she immediately thought of songstress Barbara Lea, who had also performed at the 10th Annual Alec Wilder Concert and Celebration in New York City in 1994. Barbara was immediately struck with the concept, and ideas began to fly. One particulary fortunate event was the finding of a piece written SPECIFICALLY for bassoon and singer - part of Wilder's A Child's Introduction to the Orchestra. Obviously this is an idea of which Alec Wilder would approve.

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, 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 taught for several years at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and 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. A featured artist on Radio Nacional de España during both of her solo tours of Spain and northern Africa, she's the only bassoonist ever to have The Voice of America broadcast one of her virtuoso solo recitals worldwide. 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. 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 Aspen, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Barbara Lea is one of the most widely respected and admired interpreters of the classic American popular song. Her long career has taken her from cabarets to theatre and concert stages to recording studios to swing bands. Concerts have included evenings devoted to Cy Coleman, Kurt Weill, Alec Wilder, Arthur Schwartz, and Vincent Youmans, as well as Porter, Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hart. In the theatre she has performed everything from glamorous femmes fatales to hillbilly grannies, from musical comedy to Shakespeare. Currently she is involved in concerts of the music of Hoagy Carmichael with an all-star jazz band. She has 15 CDs currently available on the Audiophile, Fantasy/OJC, and Challenge labels.

Larry Eanet, a classically-trained natural musical prodigy, is one of the premier jazz pianists in the DC area. He is particularly noted for performing many classical works on his jazz gigs. Besides accompanying Ms. Lea, he has done several arrangements for piano, voice, and bassoon for Lynn and Barbara.

Frank Conlon has appeared at most of the colleges and concert halls in the greater Washington area, and he has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. He has played in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, in Philadelphia at the Robin Hood Dell, and in Washington at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Pan American Union, and Dumbarton Oaks. He has played concertos with the Washington Sinfonia, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Georgetown Symphony.

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