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Spend This Thanksgiving
In A Crypt
With Lynn Gaubatz

Third Annual "Concert for India" To Benefit Families

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia -- Each year at Thanksgiving American Lynn Gaubatz goes down into the crypt and plays her heart out.

In this holiday tradition, Lynn trades football and turkey for Wienerschnitzel and Glühwein, flying to Austria to perform concerts to benefit families in India. These “Concerts for India” take place in the crypt beneath St. Joseph’s Carmelite Church in Linz, Austria during Thanksgiving week. This year’s performance will be November 26, 2004 at 7:30 pm.

Lynn will perform the world première of a new work for the bassoon by Danish composer Ivar Danielsen. On her “Concerts for India” in 2002 and 2003, Lynn performed the world premières of two of the five works composed especially for her by composer Fritz Berens, an Austrian composer who fled the Nazis in 1939.

“The Carmelite friars and priests in Austria have a wonderful tradition of helping the people of India,” says Lynn. “I can’t think of a better way to spend Thanksgiving than by playing gorgeous music in a magical setting for such a good cause.” The crypt, damaged and desecrated when taken over during World War II for use by the occupying Nazi army, was recently renovated after decades of disuse and now houses concerts, prayer meetings, and art exhibitions.

Besides her career as one of classical music's most brilliant soloists, Lynn is an avid literacy activist who gives benefit concerts for schools and libraries in Europe and the US. Her literacy advocacy website is a smash success - over 200,000 visitors and endorsements in the nationally-syndicated column "Hints from Heloise" and an upcoming issue of “Woman’s World”. is an Internet clearinghouse of organizations that help libraries, prisons, Indian reservations, and schools around the world by encouraging and facilitating the donation of books and equipment.

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.

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 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. Lynn performed the world première of a solo piece by Eric Zeisl in conjunction with the publication of an article she wrote about the composer in Austria Kultur [click here to read Requiem for a Composer], and she performed as soloist the world broadcast première of Eric Zeisl’s The Good Old Time on a worldwide Internet webcast from the Kennedy Center.

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.

Lynn’s performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de España, 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 has close ties to Austria, and besides her famous "Concerts for India" in Linz has helped raise funds for the renovation of a historic 19th-century church and Carmelite cloister in Vienna, Austria. In addition to translating the friars' website and materials from the original German into English and spreading the information around the world via the Internet, she gave 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.

Lynn served as Gastprofessor for bassoon at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and has given master classes in Salzburg, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Boston, Washington, Madison, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. She also performs "crossover" concerts featuring the works of composers who composed both classical and popular music, including Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Alec Wilder.

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