Ann Fontanella

Violinist Ann Fontanella will perform as part of the Johnstown Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown. She first played for the concert series when she was 16 and returned in 2006 and 2007.

A violin virtuoso is returning to Johnstown.

Ann Fontanella will perform as part of the Johnstown Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

She first played for the concert series when she was 16 and returned in 2006 and 2007.

Her performance at the series of “Schindler’s List” violin themes has received over 1 million views on YouTube.

Fontanella, who is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, most recently performed in the area in 2010 as a guest of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and played a concerto.

“(Fontanella) is back by popular demand and popular with local audiences,” said Laura Williamson, president of the concert series. “I have heard her play and she is wonderful.”

At age 7, Fontanella began studying violin under Sherry Kloss, Jascha Heifetz’s teaching assistant, who is widely considered to be one of the finest violinists of modern times.

She debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10.

For the next five years, she was the protege and final student of Erick Friedman, Heifetz’s own protege.

At the age of 14, Fontanella was one of the youngest artists ever accepted to Yale University’s School of Music.

She released her debut album, “Bach, Schubert, Bruch,” in 2005.

In addition to being a violinist, Fontanella is a commissioned composer. In 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2005 she was an award recipient in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Morton Gould Young Composers Competition.

She plays on a 320-year-old Grancino violin with Heifetz’s own custom-engineered mute that he used for four decades.

“People can expect a wonderful evening of violin music with beautiful lyricism,” Williamson said.

Following the performance, an artists reception will be held where attendees will have the opportunity to meet Fontanella.

“This gives the audience a more intimate experience that you wouldn’t get at a larger concert hall or bigger venue,” Williamson said.

“People are able to connect with the artists and learn about the music and what the pieces are about.”

The Johnstown Concert Series prides itself on bringing in big city artists but at small time prices.

“These are very high quality artists and you don’t have to go to Pittsburgh to hear quality music because you can hear it right here,” Williamson said.

To order tickets, call 410-6144 or email info@johnstownmusic.org.

For more information on Fontanella, visit www.annfontanella.com/venues.html.

The final show of the Johnstown Concert Series season will be held May 16 and feature the jazz ensemble Dave Pellow and Friends.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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