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Lynn Gaubatz to Perform
World Premičre in Austria
to Benefit Schools in India

New Solo Work Composed for Gaubatz
By Austrian Composer Fritz Berens

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia -- American virtuoso Lynn Gaubatz of Falls Church, Virginia, will perform the world premičre of a work by Austrian composer Fritz Berens on November 30, 2002 at St. Joseph’s Carmelite Church in Linz, Austria. Proceeds from the performance will provide books for schools in India.

Composer/conductor Fritz Berens, born in Vienna, Austria in 1907, fled the Nazis in 1939. After emigrating to the US, he conducted the San Francisco Ballet and Opera and the Sacramento Symphony, and was an integral part of the first complete performance of Tschaikowsky’s Nutcracker Suite in the US. He went on to teach and conduct in American orchestras and universities for many years and continues to teach and compose in Fort Worth, Texas.

The piece Lynn will premiere, “A Suite for Bassoon Solo”, is one of three pieces Berens composed for her as soloist in 2002. It is a nine-movement work for unaccompanied bassoon. Berens’ style is melodic and tonal, sometimes reminiscent of Austrian folk songs, and he uses a wide variety of movement forms including the Ländler, a traditional Austrian folk dance.

“I am thrilled and honored that Prof. Berens has composed three solo pieces for me in 2002,” says Lynn. “To think that he left Vienna at 32 in 1939 and is still composing at age 95! I’m so happy to be able to perform the world premičre in Linz, the town where he made his conducting debut in 1931. As I prepare the first solo suite he composed for me, I find myself wondering if there is anyone still in Linz who remembers his 1931 performance of Frühling im Wienerwald.”

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.

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 the publication of an article she wrote about the composer in Austria Kultur. [Click here to read Requiem for a Composer.] On August 28, 2000 Lynn performed as soloist the world broadcast premičre of Eric Zeisl’s The Good Old Time on a worldwide Internet webcast from the Kennedy Center.

“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.

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 has close ties to Austria, and helped raise funds for the renovation of a historic 19th-century church and Carmelite cloister in Vienna, Austria. Besides translating the friars' website and materials from the original German into English, 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 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.

Lynn recently launched AdoptALibrary.org, an Internet clearinghouse of existing organizations that help libraries, prisons, Indian reservations, and schools around the world by encouraging and facilitating the donation of used books and computer equipment.

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