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American Institute in Taiwan Cultural Diversity Series: Christine Gustafson Flute Recital

The American Institute in Taiwan is pleased to present the Christine Gustafson Flute Recital as the latest program of the Cultural Diversity Series. The recital, co-organized by AIT and the National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, will be held at the Recital Hall of the National Concert Hall, Sunday, June 2, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.

Gustafson is a Fulbright Exchange Scholar in Taiwan and an Associate Professor of Flute at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She has performed solo and chamber music to critical acclaim in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. For the recital, she will perform music by six living and well-known composers in the U.S. Each composer has a distinctive style: the music includes elements from folk, jazz, and rock and roll. The flutist will also demonstrate various contemporary flute techniques, including mimicking sounds from our everyday environment.

An active proponent of new music, Gustasfon premiered Paul Basler's poetry and music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and is presently involved in a project to commission a work for flute and percussion by composer Stephen Jaffe. A featured soloist with the
Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Gustafson has performed with the Charlotte, Greenville (SC), Salisbury, Virginia and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras, and performed regularly with the Burgtheater Orchestra in Vienna, for two years.

Gustafson studied flute with Wolfgang Schulz at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, and with renowned musicians Karl Kraber, and Carol Wincenc. She holds degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. As a North Carolina Arts Council Visiting Artist, she performed throughout the state for four years as a soloist and as part of the Soleil Trio.