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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 Britten’s "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 Performer’s 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. Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453, with the Buffalo Philharmonic was cited as one of the year’s 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 seventh season.

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