Acclaimed Ensemble HD Performs Music From Cleveland’s Happy Dog at Kent State

Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform new music in Kent State’s Ludwig Recital Hall

Ensemble HDThe Cleveland Orchestra associate concertmaster, violinist Jung-Min Amy Lee, and Ensemble HD will perform at Kent State University on Monday, March 31, at 8 p.m., in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. For tickets, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 or online at

Ensemble HD brings to Kent State a new and refreshing take on classical music. The ensemble is led by Joshua Smith, principal flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, and includes Christina Dahl, associate professor of music at Stony Brook, and Cleveland Orchestra members Lee, Frank Rosenwein, Charles Bernard and Joanna Patterson Zakany. Together, they have gained national attention with their performances at the Happy Dog Bar on Cleveland’s near West Side, bringing classical music to new audiences. 

The program will include a wonderful array of compositions from the contemporary repertoire such as Mirrors (1997) for flute and cello by the highly acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho; A Bird Came Down the Walk (1994) for viola and piano by the distinguished Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu; Little Eye (1999) for cello and “four non-percussionists” by 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang; and Lachen Verlernt (Laughing Unlearnt) (2002) for solo violin by Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. The first half of the program will conclude with the virtuoso tour-de-force Sequenza VII (1968) for solo oboe and drone by Italian composer Luciano Berio.

Richard King, principal horn of the Cleveland Orchestra, will join Lee and pianist Randall Fusco for the featured work of the program, Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, by 20th-century composer György Ligeti. 

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non-Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting

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Media Contacts:

Ricardo Sepulveda,, 330-672-0397
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:22am
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