The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s Skylight Gallery Concert Series presents Lynne Aspnes, harp, and Justin Bruns, assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing works by J.S. Bach, Manuel de Falla, Fritz Kreisler, and Camille Saint-Saens, and more. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music, amidst the works of art in OUMA’s current exhibitions! General admission: $10 or free for OUMA members or with a Petrel Pass.
Lynne Aspnes is Professor Emeritus of Harp from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and recently retired from the faculty of the Arizona State University School of Music. Concurrent with her academic teaching career, Aspnes served in music administrative positions at Michigan as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the String Department, and Director of the Center for Career Development, and at ASU as Associate Dean for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Aspnes established the American Harp Center in 2012, designed to promote opportunities for emerging career harpists to continue their study of the harp with outstanding teachers and performers, whose contributions to the legacy of the harp represent the pinnacle of achievement on the instrument. Aspnes’ performing and teaching career has taken her around the globe, from festivals in Australia, Europe, and South American, to concerts in Southeast Asia and across the North American continent. She can be heard in recordings on the Collins Classics, Clarion, CRI, ProArte, ProOrgano, RCA Red Seal, SoundSet and Virgin Classics labels. Through utilizing the incredibly rich and varied learning experiences of her own training, Aspnes has done what she can to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the many contributions of great musicians to the legacy of the harp.
Assistant Concertmaster Justin Bruns has been with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since 2006 and holds the Mary and Cherry Emerson Chair. Actively involved in teaching and bringing music to young audiences, Mr. Bruns has given master classes at Bradley University, Kennesaw State University, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, taught classes in orchestra repertoire at the University of Colorado and Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and consulted at Medomak Conducting Institute and HarpArts, and maintains a private teaching and coaching studio. He served as a teaching assistant at Rice University and participated in the founding of its outreach program. As a chamber musician Mr. Bruns has performed throughout the U.S. and England, appearing with ensembles such as the Kocapelli String Quartet, Brave New Works, and Michigan Chamber Players. He was a performer on the Faculty Tuesdays Recital Series at the University of Colorado, with the String in the Mountains Music Festival, North Georgia Music Festival, and Georgian Chamber Players. He also has performed cycles of the Brahms, Beethoven, and late Mozart sonatas. As first violinist of Atlanta Chamber Players he appeared at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival and made his chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Before moving to Atlanta, Mr. Bruns was assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. He has also played in Symphony II of Chicago, the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and toured Germany and Italy with the American Sinfonietta. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival, and Bellingham Music Festival, and he maintains his affiliation as concertmaster with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and São Paulo Symphony (OSESP). Mr. Bruns began his violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since then, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Colorado, Michigan Pops, and Amarillo Symphonies, and Sinfonia of Colorado. In England, he has appeared with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockport Symphony. He received his master’s degree from Rice University, where he studied with Kathleen Winkler and Raphael Fliegel.