In a capstone to our Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, we present his quirky, complex, irreverent, and very humorous operetta Candide, with orchestral staging.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, John Hood joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1982. Previously he was a member of the National Symphony (1978-82), the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra (1978), and the North Carolina Symphony (1977-78). He has also performed with the Toledo Symphony.
Mr. Hood has appeared with several chamber music groups in the Philadelphia region. He is currently on the faculty of Temple University and also teaches privately. He has previously taught at the Peabody Conservatory, Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Hood attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was a student of Peter Spring, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst. As a student, Mr. Hood participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival. He comes from a musical family; his mother was a piano teacher and his two brothers are professional musicians.
Photo: Jessica Griffin