University of Iowa News Release
Release: April 24, 2003
Violist Christine Rutledge Concludes Bach Series May 10
Violist Christine Rutledge and pianist Eugene Gaub will perform the three sonatas for viola da gamba and keyboard by J.S. Bach, in arrangements for the modern instruments, on a free University of Iowa faculty/guest recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The recital will be the final program of a year-long Bach project by Rutledge. In a series of four recitals she performed the major works of Bach for viola, among them arrangements of the solo works for violin and cello, and orchestral works including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.
Rutledge explained the rationale for the concert series, saying it was part of a lifelong "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."
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 ninth season.
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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