Clarinetist, BC native to present concert
Clarinetist and Bridge City native Kathleen LeBlanc-Hood will present a free program of works for clarinet, accompanied by Joel Love on the piano, Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1155 W. Roundbunch Road.
The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Gershwin’s “Summertime,” “Amazing Grace,” Patrick Green’s “No Oblivian” (world premiere) and a set of LeBlanc-Hood’s favorite songs.
LeBlanc-Hood, a graduate of Bridge City High School, holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clarinet performance from Lamar University. As a soloist, she was featured in “Brilliance IV!,” a showcase of some of Southeast Texas’ finest rising musical talent. An avid researcher, she presented her research at the 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities titled, “Shades of the Posy: A Comparative Analysis of Notable Recordings of Percy Grainger’s ‘Lincolnshire Posy.’” LeBlanc-Hood has served as the applied clarinet instructor for the Lamar University Band Camp in June of both 2007-08. Before relocating to Boston, she spent two years serving as the Graduate Assistant for Bands at Lamar University and as associate conductor of the Concert Band, in addition to maintaining an active private studio. In Boston, Kathleen has performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Fifth Floor Collective Ensemble and the Chagall Performance Arts Collaborative. Her program notes have been selected through competitive audition to be printed in programs for the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Most recently Kathleen served as both collaborating artist and featured soloist in a the premiere performance of a ballet inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Tell Tale Heart” with Kira Seamon and the Forty Steps Dance Company.
Upcoming projects include another partnership between LeBlanc-Hood and Seamon for a ballet based upon Tierkries by composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, in addition to a concert to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation featuring music by all female composers performed by all female performers in Boston this October. Kathleen is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory.