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Gaubatz To Perform
World Premičre Of
Eric Zeisl Work

WASHINGTON, DC -- American soloist Lynn Gaubatz of Falls Church, Virginia, will perform the world premičre of Eric Zeisl’s The Good Old Time in celebration of his 95th birthday at the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC (1 block west of Wisconsin Avenue) on Thursday, May 18 at 7:30pm. The concert will include other works by Zeisl, Alexandre Tansman, Egon Wellesz, Paul Hindemith, and Karol Rathaus. All these works are Entartete Musik, or music by composers banned in Nazi Germany. For concert information, call (703) 207-9450.

“I am honored to be the first person to perform Zeisl’s piece The Good Old Time, although I wish it had been performed 50 years ago when it was composed. His daughter’s cooperation with my article on Zeisl’s life was so helpful, and when she sent me an unpublished and unperformed piece of his I was really excited.” Gaubatz wrote an article about the life and music of Eric Zeisl which will appear in the May edition of Austria Kultur, the magazine of the Austrian Cultural Institute. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.]

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 Much of his work remains unpublished and unheard.

Gaubatz 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. Through her research into the lives and work of composers whose work was labeled Entartete Musik [degenerate music] because it was created by Jewish composers or dissidents, Gaubatz is uncovering and performing music that was banned by Hitler, much of it never before published or performed.

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, Gaubatz has performed as soloist in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. Her critically-acclaimed performances of Mozart's Bassoon Concert" have been broadcast on three continents by PBS, Radio Nacional de Espana, 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.

She 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.

On March 12, 1999, Gaubatz was the featured soloist at an international Peace Prize ceremony in Norway. Gaubatz also performed as an introduction to the March 13 speech of Ms. Jasmind Sooka from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the commission established to help South Africa deal with its post-apartheid era problems.

Gaubatz 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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