Next ‘Beethoven Project’ performance to be presented Nov. 5

Justin Bruns of the Atlanta Symphony will perform Nov. 5 at Western Carolina University.

The second performance in Western Carolina University’s “Beethoven Project” will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.

The concert, free and open to the public, will feature Beethoven Sonata Nos. 2 and 7 and “Theme and Variations” for violin and piano by Olivier Messiaen. Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor, will perform on piano along with Justin Bruns, assistant concertmaster from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on violin.

Prior to his position with the Atlanta Symphony, Bruns was assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as concertmaster at the Boulder Bach Festival. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and BRAVO Colorado, and he maintains his affiliation as assistant concertmaster with the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz, Calif.

“The Beethoven Project” will run through the spring semester at WCU and will feature the performance of all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas. To Martin’s knowledge, the Beethoven sonatas have not been performed in a series in Cullowhee or Asheville.

Dates for the remaining “Beethoven Project” concerts are Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 18. Asheville radio station WCQS-FM will broadcast a recording of the concerts at later dates. The WCU School of Music, WCQS and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra are event sponsors.

For more information, contact Martin at or 828-227-3726.