Chamber Music Society Hosts "Cabaret: Between Two World Wars"
The third concert of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 57th season features Joshua Smith, principle flute of The Cleveland Orchestra, and his Ensemble HD on Monday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m., at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 20401 Hilliard Blvd. The Ensemble’s program is entitled Cabaret: Between Two World Wars, spotlighting French and Central European music of the 20th century from 1910 to 1936.
Joshua Smith captured national attention in 1990 when he became principal flute with The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20. In addition to his distinguished career with a world-class orchestra and his work as head of the Flute Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Smith fulfilled a desire to explore new ways of connecting with audiences by forming an innovative chamber group in 2009 called Ensemble HD. This group came to life at The Happy Dog, a bar/restaurant in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District, and it continues to perform at other non-traditional venues such as restaurants, parks, festivals and schools, as well as concert halls.
In May 2013 the group released its first vinyl recording, "Ensemble HD: Live at the Happy Dog," which "Audiophile Review" hailed as “a recording of lovingly performed chamber music.” "Voix des Arts" noted, “Ensemble HD’s playing glistens with virtuosity and invention….” Currently, in addition to Mr. Smith, the group is comprised of Cleveland Orchestra members Frank Rosenwein, oboe; Amy Lee, violin; Joanna Patterson, viola; and Charles Bernard, cello. In addition, pianist Christina Dahl, a visiting faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, rounds out Ensemble HD.
As is true of all concerts presented by the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, there is no admission charge and all are welcome. For further information, please call 440-333-4296 or visit our website at www.rrcms.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Carol Jacobs was archivist for The Cleveland Orchestra for 17 years. Most recently, she was curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library for seven years.