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Release: Oct. 11, 2002


Violist Christine Rutledge will inaugurate a series of four recitals dedicated to the music for viola by J.S. Bach with a free solo recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Rutledge will open the series with performances of three of the suites for solo cello in viola transcriptions: the Suite No. 3 in C major; the Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major; and Suite No. 5 in C minor.

The remaining concerts in the series, and their programs, will be:

-- Jan. 24, 2003, the viola versions of the remaining cello suites, nos. 1, 2 and 6;

-- 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 Eugene Gaub.

All four 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,” she said. “I am making a very concerted effort to avoid mere ‘imitation’ of the Baroque viola -- if this were the case I might as well perform on the Baroque viola. I believe that style can be respected on modern instruments, while allowing the characteristics of a modern instrument to be present.

“The goal of the project, aside from the performances, is an informed edition of the cello suites for viola.”

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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