Organizers of the 2006-07 Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown are excited about the lineup for its second season.

“The upcoming season looks very diverse and very entertaining,” said Dr. Albert Mall, architect of the series. “There is a population interested in chamber music. Money for this type of effort is scarce, but there are still many generous people and local businesses who care enough to support this.”

The concerts will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., in downtown Johnstown.

Each of the six performances begins at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert discussion. The concerts will follow at 7:30.

Series subscriptions are $90, which entitles season ticket-holders discounts on desserts at Harrigan’s and City View Restaurant.

The series begins with a concert on Sept. 30 when violin virtuoso Ann Fontanella returns to Johnstown.

“She indeed is returning due to popular demand,” Mall said.

“Last year, she wowed the audience with her virtuosity and the brilliance and passion of her playing. She will be 18 years old when she takes the stage in September.”

As part of her visit, Fontanella will be conducting a master class for Johnstown Youth Symphony Orchestra members.

Mall’s wife, Helen, said the concert committee is encouraging subscribers who cannot attend any of their six performances to consider donating their seats to students.

“We have contacts with private and high school music teachers who can distribute these tickets to their students in an effort to assist in their education,” Helen Mall said.

The concert series continues with the following performances: Oct. 28, Newstead Trio; Nov. 17, pianist Barry Hannigan; Feb. 17, Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies; March 31, Trio Bravo (previously Trio Grande); and April 28, Two Part Invention (flute and harp duo).

The Newstead Trio is a topflight threesome with an interesting repertoire that combines classical with contemporary pieces.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies is a semilocal group which has been through various permutations during the years; musicians are all from western Pennsylvania.

Hannigan, a pianist and music professor, also will be presenting a master class to JYSO members and students in Bedford. His engagement is part of a combined Bedford/Johnstown tour and was arranged by Nancy McCrae of the Pennsylvania Consort in Bedford.

Trio Bravo is jazz group who had been known as Trio Grande. The Pittsburgh-based group is comprised of Virgil Walters on bass, John D’Amico on piano, and Lenny Rogers on drums.

Two Part Invention is a flute/strings duo that will be presenting an educational talk and music from Moravian communities in Pennsylvania.

More than 200 letters have been sent to patrons and past subscribers inviting them to be a part of season two.

“The artists were all pleased by the reception they got here last season,” Albert Mall said.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the David A Glosser Foundation for its financial support of the overall program, as well as the Community Foundation.”

Information and subscriptions: 255-7116.

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