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Lynn Gaubatz to Perform
and Lecture on Entartete Musik
for The Aspen Institute

WASHINGTON, DC -- American virtuoso and scholar Lynn Gaubatz of Falls Church, Virginia, will give a lecture/recital of Entartete Musik at the Wye River Campus of The Aspen Institute on Wednesday, October 3 at 5:30 pm ET. The performance will be for members of The Aspen Institute’s Young Executive Program, and will include works for solo bassoon by Eric Zeisl, Karel Reiner, Egon Wellesz, Erwin Schulhoff, Alois Hába, Hans Erich Apostel, Paul Arma (Imre Weisshaus),and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. All these works were labeled Entartete Musik [degenerate music], or music banned by the Nazi regime because the composers were Jewish or political dissidents.

Lynn Gaubatz is recognized as one of today's most brilliant soloists. 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 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. She has played principal bassoon in Austria, Germany, Spain, Venezuela and the U.S. under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Georg Solti, among others.

“I have found such a rich repertoire through my research into Entartete Musik, and the surviving spouses, grown children and grandchildren of these composers have helped me enormously with this work. I am so happy to bring these pieces to light before they were lost forever,” says Lynn. “Tracing the lives of these composers, many of whom fled the Nazis and made their way to England and the US, is fascinating and humbling. I hope to keep their music and their legacy alive by both performing and recording it.”

Lynn was the only musician invited to perform at the International Holocaust Conference in Vienna, Austria in 1999, where she performed a solo work by exiled Viennese composer Egon Wellesz at the official reception given by the Burgermeister of Vienna and she performed as soloist at the 1999 award ceremony for an international Peace Prize in Trondheim, Norway.

In addition to her active international career as soloist and chamber musician, Lynn searches for survivors and descendants of the victims of the Holocaust who were composers, to bring to light the forgotten music of these artists. Through her research, she is finding and performing music that was banned by the Nazi regime, much of it never before published or heard. On April 29, 2001, the 56th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, she performed an Entartete Musik concert, including two works by Czech composer Karel Reiner who survived Terezín, Auschwitz, and was at Dachau at its liberation, for a worldwide broadcast audience from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. On May 18, 2000 she performed the world premičre of a solo piece by Eric Zeisl, in conjunction with an article she wrote about the composer in Austria Kultur and on August 28, 2000 Ms. Gaubatz performed as soloist the world broadcast premičre of Eric Zeisl’s The Good Old Time on a worldwide Internet webcast from the Kennedy Center. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.]

The depth and freshness of her artistry has attracted an entirely new, wide audience to her sell-out performances, and her dedication and commitment to mastering even the most demanding intricacies of the music has inspired composers in the US and Europe to write virtuoso solo and chamber music pieces in her honor. Lynn’s performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de Espańa, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and her August 2000 solo recital from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC was broadcast worldwide via the Internet. She's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lecture series Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience, and she was chosen by America Online's popular StarFinder to be the only bassoonist every profiled as an up-and-coming artist.

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria from 1982 to 1984, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. She also performs “crossover” concerts with award-winning jazz/cabaret singer Barbara Lea, performing the works of composers who composed both classical and popular music, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Alec Wilder.

The goal of The Aspen Institute’s Young Executive Program is to challenge participants to broaden their perspectives and better understand the competing values that often underlie difficult leadership decisions. The small group discussions are led by advisors. In past years, these advisors have included Robert D. Krebs, chairman, president and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation; Frank Savage, chairman of Alliance Capital Management International; Ann McLaughlin, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Reagan administration; David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News and World Report and advisor to several U. S. Presidents; as well as executives from American Express, IBM, and Ford Motor Company.

The Wye River Campus of the Aspen Institute, situated on 1,100 pastoral acres overlooking the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore about 70 miles east of Washington, is best known as the site of Mideast peace talks in 1996 and 1998.

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