For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Joanna Johnson is performing a solo classical violin recital at the Chestnut Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m.
Culminating a year and a half of studies with Professor Steven Bjella of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Johnson comes to the Chestnut Center to play J.S. Bach’s “Sonata No. 1 in G minor” for solo violin and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor” accompanied by Maranatha Elmhorst on piano.
Known for her abilities on the Scottish fiddle and her role in MPK Christian Celtic Band, Johnson began playing the violin at age 7 and almost immediately dove into Scottish fiddling as well. She earned a bachelor of arts in music with a violin concentration from Crown College in Minnesota.
Consistently ranking among the top Scottish fiddlers in the U.S., Johnson has received several awards at the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championships and was named runner-up for the 2014 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship. Johnson is a violinist in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and teaches private violin lessons out of her home.
She continues to study both classical violin with Bjella at UW-Stevens Point and Scottish fiddling with U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champions Melinda Crawford and John Turner. She is an avid composer of Celtic music and tunes in the Scottish fiddle style. This concert will feature Johnson’s classical side.