Poster Joshua Smith
Flutist Joshua Smith
Frank J. Lanza
Performance Today®

When Beethoven goes to a bar

Joshua Smith is the principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra. In recent years, he and a few friends have been playing classical concerts at a local bar with astonishing results. On Friday's Performance Today, Smith talks about playing Beethoven and more at the Happy Dog in Cleveland.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Alexander von Zemlinsky: Humoresque
The Aulos Woodwind Quintet
Schwann 310100

Alfred Schnittke: "Moz-Art" for Two Violins
Stefan Jackiw, violin; Jonathon Crow, violin
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Anton Stadler: Five Terzetti for Three Basset Horns
Wind Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Jane Booth, basset horn; Guy Cowley, basset horn; Antony Pay, basset horn
Concerts from the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington DC

Alexander von Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid): 2. Sehr bewegt, rauschend; 3. Sehr gedehnt, mit schmerzvollem Ausdruck
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

Hour 2

Modest Mussorgsky: Entr'acte to Kovanschina
Cleveland Orchestra; Oliver Knussen, conductor
DG 2123

Claude Debussy (arr. Raaf Hekkema): Children's Corner
Calefax Reed Quintet
Falany Performing Arts Center, Reinhardt University, Waleska, GA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Serenade in D major Op. 25: 5. Allegro scherzando e vivace; 6. Adagio
Ensemble HD: Joshua Smith, flute; Amy Lee, violin; Joanna Patterson Zakanny, viola
Ensemble HD: Live at the Happy Dog

William Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag
Christina Dahl, piano
Ensemble HD: Live at the Happy Dog
S&W V001

Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Scott Yoo, conductor
Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN

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