Special to the Parade
Ann Fontanella “looks like a princess and plays like a triumphant angel,” at least that’s according to Kennett Paper, when she steps onto a stage. She will perform a program of diverse classics for solo violin at Christian Fellowship Church, located at 901 N. Loop 499 in Harlingen, on Thursday, January 31.
The Harlingen Concert Association has also sponsored two outreach performances by this artist as part of their ongoing commitment to arts education in Harlingen.
Fontanella began studying violin at age six; at age 10 she debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 14, Fontanella was the youngest artist accepted into the MM/Certificate program at Yale University, and as a teenager she performed at the Weil Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City. Fontanella began to flourish as a composer as well, studying with professors at the Peabody Conservatory and West Chester University and winning the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition in 2001 and 2002. Her performances and creations have led to awards from competitions and organizations such as the Albert Greenfield Competition, Davidson Institute, and the Virtu Foundation. Her first CD titled “Bach, Schubert, Bruch” was released in 2005.
The Harlingen Community Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since the 1930’s. This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Harlingen through live performances. Thanks to the generosity of patrons and sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices.
For more information, call Lois Day at (956) 428-1993 or visit the Harlingen Concert Association’s website, www.HarlingenConcert.com.