‘Beethoven Project’ continues Jan. 28 at WCU

The next installment of the “Beethoven Project” is Monday, Jan. 28, at Western Carolina University.

The concert, free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Launched in fall 2012, “The Beethoven Project” is a series of five concerts featuring all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas. Performed by Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of piano, along with Justin Bruns, assistant concertmaster from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on violin, each concert features two Beethoven sonatas plus significant works for violin and piano from the 20th century. On the Jan. 28 program are Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 3 and 8 and Sonata 1 by Gabriel Fauré.

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. Bruns, who began his violin studies at the age of 3, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in music from Rice University.

“The Beethoven Project” is an exciting undertaking because the repertoire is among the first sonatas for violin and piano, Martin said. “They are staples of not only the violin repertoire but the entire chamber music repertoire,” he said. To Martin’s knowledge, the Beethoven sonatas have not been performed in a series in Cullowhee or Asheville. “This is not an everyday occurrence,” he said. “It is a unique opportunity for our students and community.”

Dates for other upcoming “Beethoven Project” concerts are 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 martinb@wcu.edu or 828-227-3726.