The Clarinet Choir of the New Orleans Concert Band, a group consisting of 15 clarinets, performs traditional and contemporary music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Loyola University professor Joseph Hebert conducts.
A clarinet choir is an ensemble made up entirely of members of the clarinet family, usually with more than one player on a part. The standard instrumentation consists of soprano clarinets in E-flat and B-flat, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra-alto or contrabass clarinets.
The earliest clarinet choir, though not called that, was probably that of Gustave Poncelet (1844-1903), at the Brussels Conservatory in the late 19th century. Simeon Bellison formed a clarinet choir under the aegis of the New York Philharmonic in 1927. The term “clarinet choir” originated in 1952, coined by Hal Palmer, who began a clarinet choir at a summer camp in Kansas. By the late 1950s, clarinet choirs had been established at a number of American universities.
JEFFERSON PARISH STREETCARS: Ed Ernewein will discuss the streetcar lines that served east Jefferson beginning Feb. 28, 1915, when the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
FOOD WRITING SYMPOSIUM: Experts from the cookbook industry will be on hand for a food writing symposium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Speakers will talk about the importance of creating family cookbooks so that recipes will not be lost. Presentations will focus on the ways to make a cookbook a success, the importance of accurate recipes, food photography and copyright issues.
MAKE YOUR OWN CUBEES: Teens are encouraged to stop by the Teen Center at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, to make their own real-life superhero Cubees between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays during July. The origami-like characters to be created are: Neil Degrasse Tyson, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Supplies are provided.
INTERVIEW STRATEGIES: Personnel consultant and staffing professional Jessica Rareshide will discuss how to answer the difficult questions during a job interview, and what to ask the interviewer to ensure a great job fit, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
All programs at the library are free of charge and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.