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Release: Jan. 10, 2003
VIOLIST CHRISTINE RUTLEDGE CONTINUES BACH SERIES JAN. 24
Violist Christine Rutledge will present the second in a series of four recitals
dedicated to the music for viola by J.S. Bach with a free solo recital at
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Rutledge will perform three of the suites for solo cello in viola transcriptions:
the Suite No. 1 in G major; the Suite No. 2 in D minor; and Suite No. 6 in
Rutledge played the other three cello suites on the opening recital of the
series, Oct. 27. The remaining two concerts in the series, and their programs,
-- Feb. 24, 2003, the Partita No. 2 and Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, as
transcribed for viola, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, with guests artists
including violist and retired UI faculty member William Preucil; and
-- May 10, 2003, the three sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard with pianist
All of the performances will be free and open to the public.
Rutledge said the concert are part of a yearlong -- lifelong, actually
-- project to study Baroque performance practice and style and its application
to modern viola and bow. The purpose of the project is to learn as much as
possible about style and practices so that I can perform the works on modern
viola while closely adhering to the intentions of the composer.
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.
Rutledges series Bach concerts is supported by a grant from the UI
Arts and Humanities Initiative.
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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