Musicians from Cleveland Orchestra plan vinyl recording project

Posted on: November 14, 2012

In Tuesday’s (11/13) Plain Dealer (Cleveland), Zachary Lewis writes, “Cleveland’s classical-music vanguard is going retro. Today, the Cleveland Orchestra musicians who perform at the Happy Dog Saloon are embarking on a mission to lay down a record. A vinyl record. To keep their enterprise moving forward, they’re taking a technological step back, producing a double 12-inch vinyl album tentatively titled ‘Ensemble HD: Orchestral Manoeuvers Live at the Dog.’ To fund the project, they’re using the more modern service known as Kickstarter. ‘The performances we do there are so alive and exciting, and finding a way to capture that, it’s great,’ said Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra and a driver of classical music at the Happy Dog, a bar in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. A page on goes live today. … The album itself will be a compendium of repertoire that’s been popular ever since Ensemble HD—a group of five Cleveland Orchestra musicians, plus pianist Tina Dahl—began playing to jampacked houses and making national news at Happy Dog two years ago. The orchestra members are Smith, associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee, assistant principal cellist Charles Bernard, principal oboist Frank Rosenwein and violist Joanna Patterson Zakany.”

Posted November 14, 2012