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Release: Nov. 17, 2000
Violist Christine Rutledge and pianist Eugene Gaub will play UI faculty/guest
recital Nov. 30
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violist Christine Rutledge will play a series of works
for solo viola, as well as duos with pianist Eugene Gaub, on a free University
of Iowa faculty/guest recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Rutledge, who is on the faculty of the UI School of Music, will play four
solo works as the first half of the program: the Fantasia VIII in A-flat major
by Georg Phillip Telemann, which was originally composed for solo violin;
Benjamin Brittens "Elegy" for solo viola; "Wiegenlied"
(Cradle song) for solo viola by Jeremy Dale Roberts; and the "Sonata
Pastorale" for unaccompanied viola by Lillian Fuchs.
After intermission, Rutledge will be joined by Gaub, who is currently on
the faculty of Grinnell College. Together, they will perform the "Passacaglia
on an Old English Tune" by Rebecca Clarke and the Sonata in E-flat major
for viola ad piano, op. 120 no.2, by Johannes Brahms.
Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty
member at Notre Dame University, where she also played with the Notre Dame
String Trio. She is a graduate of the UI School of Music, where she studied
with William Preucil.
She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout
the United States and abroad. She performs as a member of the Fontana Chamber
Music Festival ensemble. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame
String Trio have earned glowing reviews from The Strad, Fanfare and other
music publications. Her solo performances have included those before her professional
peers at the International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., Germany, and
Sweden. She has performed the standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions
of Baroque works, several lesser known works for viola, and new works that
were written specifically for her.
Rutledge is the former assistant principal viola of the Louisville Orchestra
and violist of the Ceruti Chamber Players and the Kentucky Center Chamber
Players. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the
Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was valedictorian of her class and recipient
of the Young Artist Award.
She is also a prize winner in the Aspen Festival Viola Competition, and
the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship,
an Eli Lilly Foundation grant for undergraduate teaching development, and
awards from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame.
She recently received a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Initiative
at the UI, which will assist in a solo CD recording of "Early 20th-Century
English Works for Viola and Piano."
A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Gaub received a doctorate
in music from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded the Performers
Certificate. Since his New York debut playing the First Piano Concerto of
Bela Bartok, he has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada,
and in major cities of Europe, including Vienna and Salzburg. His performance
of W.A. Mozarts Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453, with the Buffalo
Philharmonic was cited as one of the years best by the Buffalo News.
Gaub has worked closely with many American composers, including John Adams,
whose "Phrygian Gates" he was invited to perform at the 1997 National
Conference of the College Music Society. Passionate about chamber music, Gaub
organized the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in East Aurora, NY, with his
wife, violinist Nancy McGarland Gaub. The festival recently completed its
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