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Feb. 13, 2003

Violist Christine Rutledge Plays Third Bach Concert Feb. 24

Violist Christine Rutledge will present the third in an ongoing series of recitals dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The recital will be free and open to the public.

While the first two recitals consisted entirely of works for solo viola, for this performance Rutledge will be joined by several colleagues from the UI School of Music faculty and UI music students. The closing work of the program will be Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, which Rutledge will play with retired UI viola professor William Preucil; current UI faculty members Anthony Arnone, cello, Volkan Orhon, double bass, and Rosemary Chancler, keyboard; and UI students Charletta Taylor and Lauren Flittner, violas.

To open the program Rutledge will complete her performances of the solo viola works by playing the Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, as transcribed for viola.

The final concert of Rutledge's Bach series will be May 10, when she plays the three sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard with pianist Eugene Gaub.

Rutledge has said the concerts are "part of a yearlong -- lifelong, actually -- project to study Baroque performance practice and style. The project was designed as an exploration of the literature for solo viola by J. S. Bach -- works transcribed from the cello suites, violin sonatas and partitas, and the viola da gamba sonatas. The premise of the project is to study Baroque performance practices and techniques, and discover if their transfer to the modern viola and bow is valid."

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 23rd International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., the 24th Congress in Germany, and the 2Xth International Viola Congress in 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, where she studied with the distinguished viola teachers Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree, 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."

Rutledge's series Bach concerts is supported by a grant from the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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