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Fonner Will Open Concert Series

By Staff | Jul 28, 2010

Daniel Fonner will bring his percussion stylings to the popular, free ArtsLink Coffeehouse Concert Series Aug. 5, 7 p.m.

Talented local percussionist Daniel Fonner will open the popular ArtsLink Coffeehouse Concert Series with a concert on Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.The performance will take place on the lawn of the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville.The concert is free and light refreshments will be served. In the event of inclement weather, the program will take place inside the center.

Fonner, the son of Linda and Richard Fonner of New Martinsville, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance, has studied for two years at Morehead State University in Kentucky, and will be a junior at Duquesne University this fall.

He has studied under several nationally recognized musicians including Daniel Druckman of the New York Philharmonic, Eric Charlston of the Lion King on Broadway, international marimba soloist Leigh Howard Stevens, and Lee Vinson of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

He attributes much of his success as a musician to his opportunity to work with local teacher, performer, and ArtsLink Board of Directors member Bruce Ensinger.

Daniel has performed in many ensembles, including the Kentucky All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Orchestra, New Martinsville’s Lincoln Theater Musical “The King and I”, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He also plays at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church and helps instruct the drum line of the Magnolia High School Band. His awards include qualifying as a recipient of an ArtsLink grant to purchase instruments to educate the community about percussion, the Rachael Worby Performance Award with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, participant at the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and participant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Daniel enjoys playing music and working with audiences as well as other performers. He plays classical percussion solos, jazz, and orchestral percussion, utilizing instruments that range from marimbas and xylophones to marching percussion and hand drums such as congas and djembes. His Aug. 5 performance will feature the vibraphone, purchased via the ArtsLink grant.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.This year’s coffeehouse concerts are sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurant in New Martinsville, owned and operated by Nelson and Sandy Hachem.