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archived events 2017

Vive La France!

Sunday, May 21, 2017   3:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT

Private estate nestled in the Shaker Heights parklands 

Claude Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915)

Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata No. 2 (Obsession) for Violin Solo (1923)

Robert Schumann Piano Quartet Op. 47 in E-flat Major (1842)

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Isabel Trautwein, violin, Joanna Patterson, viola, Tanya Ell, cello, and Daniel Shapiro, piano offer the Debussy Cello Sonata, Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Violin Solo No 2, and Schumann’s Piano Quartet.

French language and music often have an almost liquid elegance and, in the case of Debussy’s late cello sonata, is a masterful example of French Impressionism. Composer and violinist Ysayë added to Bach’s a set of six (demonically difficult) sonatas for solo violin.

Schumann’s earlier, romantic quartet was composed in his “chamber music year,” with the piano part intended for his new wife, the gifted pianist Clara Wieck Schumann.

Read about Close Encounters Season 11: 2016-17

ARTISTS

Isabel Trautwein, violin; Joanna Patterson, viola; Tanya Ell, cello; and Daniel Shapiro, piano.


Order now for guaranteed seats!

Individual concert tickets are available for purchase at the Heights Arts gallery, 2175 Lee Road, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online. We are pleased to offer reduced-price tickets for students ages 8-23, thanks to generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who also qualifies for the student ticket price).

All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Directions for concerts at private residences are mailed a week in advance. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as seating is limited.

CONCERT FOUR OF 2016-17 SEASON

Individual Concerts $55 | $45 Heights Arts members | $15 Student (optional $15 parent)

 

 

We are grateful for the support of our Season 11 Gold Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

 

 

Image: Two Young Girls at the Piano, August Renoir. 1892 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Musician images courtesy The Cleveland Orchestra and Daniel Shapiro, CIM

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening with Emergent 2017 exhibition artists, who will speak about the evolving ideas and processes behind their works since graduating from their respective Northern Ohio art programs

Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey has invited local poets Breshea Anglen, Dave Lucas, and Mary Turzillo to respond in poetry to selections from the exhibition. They will read their works as well.

It’s always an interesting night; come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments!

 

 

Image: Blues (detail), Grace Summanen

Master Class in Cello

 Sunday, May 7, 2017   10:30 a.m.

Nick Diodore master classEsteemed Northeast Ohio cellist Nicholas Diodore will lead a master class performance in cello in the Heights Arts gallery. Master classes are free and open to the public for observation. Each features students who perform with excellence within various levels, and have been recommended by their teachers.

Northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply for all master class sessions; applicants must be recommended by their music teacher  in addition to the online form below for consideration.

Participating students and one parent (if student is under 18) also receive complimentary tickets to one of Heights Arts’ 2016-2017 Close Encounters chamber music concerts, featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (a $55 min. value).

MASTER CLASS APPLICATION

 

ABOUT NICHOLAS DIODORE

Nick Diodore was born in Marion, Indiana to a musical family and quickly established a reputation as a very talented cellist. He received his early musical instruction from Geoffrey Lapin of the Indianapolis Symphony. Mr. Diodore attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy where he was a student of Crispin Campbell. He excelled in the study of 20th century compositions as well as in chamber music and was a prize winner at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and the Grand Prize winner of the Downbeat Magazine Chamber Music Competition.

In 1996, Mr. Diodore attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Alan Harris, Merry Peckham and Richard Weiss. During his studies, Nick participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. He also performed at the Cayman Islands Music Festival.

Currently Mr. Diodore holds a faculty position at the Aurora School of Music and teaches privately at Laurel School and Hudson Montessori School. He performs regularly as a member of the No Exit New Music Ensemble, Pizzicato 4 (a cello quartet) and Dadband. He also serves on the board of directors of the Cleveland Cello Society.

 

Funding for  master classes and free and discounted tickets is generously provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

Gallery Concert: Nicholas Diodore

Nick Diodore gallery concertSaturday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

No Exit’s cellist extraordinaire Nick Diodore will be performing a concert of avant-garde music as only he can. As a performer and interpreter of modern music, Nick is known for his remarkable sensitivity, expressiveness and exquisite virtuosity. This one-man show will feature pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Witold Lutosławski, Luciano Berio, Alberto Ginastera, Henri Dutilleux and works by two Cleveland area composers, Andrew Rindfleisch and Timothy Beyer.

Please join us for what will be a truly breathtaking evening of music. Free and open to the public.
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SPOTLIGHT: Christine Mauersberger Opening Reception

Mauersberger Aquascapes

Friday, May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for the opening reception of Christine Mauersberger, Aquascapes, in the Heights Arts Spotlight Gallery.

A native Clevelander and Heights Arts working-artist member, Christine Mauersberger is an artist who uses a variety of media to create pieces that range from small and intimate to room-sized installations. Her work is featured in private and public collections, including Southwest General Hospital and MetroHealth Hospitals in Cleveland. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including Ohio Arts Council Award of Individual Excellence in 2013 and 2017, a Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Creative Workforce Fellowship.

About the work on view, Christine notes,”The Aquascapes series is directly influenced by my views of Lake Erie. I am always surprised by the transient nature of its color on any one day. I’m interested in creating beautiful images of water and light to evoke its timeless nature.”  The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, June 18.

 

 

Working Artist Membership programs are generously supported by the Cyrus Eaton Foundation.

Cleveland Orchestra French Horns, Unconducted

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:00 p.m. SOLD OUT

Historic Cleveland Heights carriage house

 

Eugène Bozza, Suite for Four Horns (1952)

Kazimierz Machala, Intuitions for Horn Quartet

Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Four Horns (1952)

Nikolai Tcherepnin, Six Pieces for Horn Quartet (1910)

David Uber, Suite for Four Horns (1965)

Lowell Shaw, Selected Fripperies for Four Horns

 

Cleveland Orchestra French horn players Hans Clebsch, Alan DeMattia, Richard King, and Jesse McCormick  let their hair down with an entertaining and beautiful program of original works and arrangements for brass chamber music, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.

Rich, Jesse, Hans, and Alan have been playing together in the phenomenal TCO horn section for more than 10 years, and we are pleased to present a varied, exciting and virtuos​ic​ concert in an eclectic, restored carriage house at the Herrick Mews of Cleveland Heights.

 

Read about Close Encounters Season 11: 2016-17

 

ARTISTS

Hans Clebsch, Richard King, Alan DeMattia, Jesse McCormick, horns.

 

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!

Individual concert tickets are available for purchase at the Heights Arts gallery, 2175 Lee Road, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online. We are pleased to offer reduced-price tickets for students ages 8-23, thanks to generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who also qualifies for the student ticket price).

All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Directions for concerts at private residences are mailed a week in advance. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as seating is limited.

CONCERT THREE OF 2016-17 SEASON

Individual Concerts $55 | $45 Heights Arts members | $15 Student (optional $15 parent)

 

We are grateful for the support of our Season 11 Gold Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

 

 

Musician images courtesy The Cleveland Orchestra

 

 

No Exit Gallery Concert

Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Be sure to join No Exit new music ensemble for an unforgettable evening of sounds as they celebrate the musical legacy of the great Eric Dolphy. The concert will feature new arrangements and original pieces that pay homage to this incomparable jazz luminary. No Exit will be joined by special guests Bobby Selvaggio, Scott McKee, and Dustin May.

 

Program:

“Serene” arr. by Bobby Selvaggio

“Truth” arr. by Bobby Selvaggio

“Out There” arr. by Bobby Selvaggio

“God Bless the Child” arr. by Gunnar Owen Hirthe

“Hat and Beard” arr. by Andrew Rindfleisch

“Late Lunch” (a collage of Dolphy tunes) arr. by Greg D’Alessio

“Iron Manic” by James Praznik

“Looking for Eric (The Search for NOTE-IX)” by Paul Epstein

“Elegy” by Timothy Beyer

Free and open to the community.

Emergent 2017 Opening Reception

Friday, April 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Heights Arts presents the second iteration of its well received exhibition, Emergent, which shines a light on artists who have recently graduated from area colleges and universities. First presented in 2015, Emergent 2017 celebrates the strength of the northeast Ohio region as a training ground for the great artists of tomorrow.

This year, the Heights Arts gallery committee selected 12 artists who create in a variety of media from a list of institutions including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Baldwin Wallace University.

Represented in Emergent 2017 are: Meghan Calvert, Amber Ford, Jessica Howard, Erin Jesson, Jacob Koestler, Samantha Konet, Mike Lombardy, Nathan Prebonick, Rachel Shelton, Maia Stern, Grace Summanen, and Nikki Woods.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, April 21 and meet the artists. An accompanying program, Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond, is slated for Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, June 4.

 

Image: Rabbit Stew, Jessica Howard

Blurring the Line: Defining Art in the Digital Age

Spotlight panel discussion Kate Snow

Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Come participate in a short panel discussion which will examine how the digital medium is transforming the way viewers experience art. Is the gap between fine art and digital communities finally closing?

Attendees will have the opportunity to join the discussion, ask questions, and interact with examples of digital art on view in Spotlight: Kate Snow.

Panelists:
Kate Snow, Artist
Eagan Rackley, Game Developer
Ian Faleer, Musician
Stephanie Frankiewicz, Artist and Graphic Designer

CIFF 41 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Score a film music documentaryScore: A Film Music Documentary

Cedar-Lee Theatre neighborhood screening

Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 07 at 3:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 08 at 11:10 a.m.

 

Heights Arts is thrilled to be a community partner with the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival for the film Score: A Film Music Documentary, a look at the creative role of film music in  some of our most beloved cinematic masterpieces.

The first feature-length documentary by Emmy-winning writer Matt Schrader, Score is sure to please film-buffs and music fans alike.  Complete information can be found on the CIFF website.CIFF community partner logo

Tickets for all movies go on sale to CIFF members on March 11, and to the general public on March 17. Meet up with your friends at the Cedar-Lee neighborhood screening on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Heights Arts patrons: Use the code HEIGHT to save $2.00 off each and every ticket purchase, online at www.clevelandfilm.org (available 24 hours a day), by phone to the Film Festival Box Office at 877.304.FILM (3456), or in person at the Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby. Restrictions may apply.

 

 

 

 

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a multi-faceted gallery talk on the exhibition, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration. Exhibition artists are invited to speak about the influences and challenges in creating art which speak to contemporary issues.

Cleveland poets Jeffrey Bowen, Clarissa Jakobsons, Chuck Joy, and Emily Troia will also read new poems which have been created in response to select works on view in the exhibition.

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Illustration and Graphics will be on view through April 16, 2017.

 

Image courtesy George Kocar

NEOSonicFest: No Exit

Friday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m.

NEOSonicFest IV: 4th Annual New Music Festival presents No Exit at Heights Arts:

Night Falls Fast (2007) – Ryan Gallagher (b.1984)
Voices of Contempt “World Premiere” (2012) – Michael Rene Torres
Duo No.2 for Violin and Cello (1958) – Bohuslav Martinů
I.Allegretto
II. Adagio
III. Poco Allegro
Music for Mother Bear (1975) – Donald Erb
Piano Quartet No.1 (2010) – Matthew Ivic

Please join No Exit for an evening of sublime sounds during a one night only engagement at Heights Arts. As part of the NeoSonicFest, the ensemble will be celebrating the music of some extraordinary Cleveland area composers including the world premiere of Michael Rene Torres’ “Voices of Contempt.” The program will also feature works by Donald Erb, Ryan Gallagher, Matthew Ivic and iconic Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. As always, free and open to the public. This is a not to be missed evening of captivating music!

$10 suggested donation

 

No Exit gallery concert

Slavic Strings, From our Sleeve to Yours

Sunday, February 26, 2017  3:00 p.m.

Historic Dunham Tavern Museum Barn  SOLD OUT

Antonín Dvořák String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97

Bohuslav Martinů Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H. 313

Jörg Widmann Etude no. 6, “Lullaby for Salome”

Close Encounters stringsWhat is better than one viola? Two! This is why Czech composer Antonín Dvořák wrote one of his finest works for viola quintet—though it’s rarely heard. This lively program features contemporary and 19th century works including Martinu’s Madrigals for Violin and Viola, Widmann’s Etude for Solo Violin, and the delightful Dvorak Viola Quintet, with JinJoo Cho, Peter Otto, and Isabel Trautwein, violins, YuJin and Kirsten Docter, violas, and Tanya Ell, cello.

A unique and incredibly difficult new composition for a playing (and sometimes singing) violinist will be performed by Peter Otto. You are sure to enjoy this afternoon of 80% Slavic and 100% fantastic music in the captivating setting of the Cleveland Landmark Dunham Tavern Museum on Euclid Avenue.

Read about Close Encounters Season 11: 2016-17

 

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ARTISTS

 JinJoo Cho, Peter Otto, and Isabel Trautwein, violins; YuJin and Kirsten Docter, violas; and Tanya Ell, cello.

 

Order now for guaranteed seats!

Individual concert tickets are available for purchase at the Heights Arts gallery, 2175 Lee Road, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online. We are pleased to offer reduced-price tickets for students ages 8-23, thanks to generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who also qualifies for the student ticket price).

All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Directions for concerts at private residences are mailed a week in advance. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as seating is limited.

CONCERT TWO OF 2016-17 SEASON

Individual Concerts $55 | $45 Heights Arts members | $15 Student (optional $15 parent)

SOLD OUT

 

 

 

We are grateful for the support of our Season 11 Gold Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

 

 

 

 

Musician images courtesy The Cleveland Orchestra

SPOTLIGHT: Kate Snow Opening Reception

Friday, March 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Kate Snow Spotlight exhibition

However we define them, communities group us, ground us, and provide us with a sense of security and identity. Kate Snow’s exhibition in the spotlight gallery, Grid Series: Communities, seeks to explore and celebrate not only the physical community that makes up Cleveland Heights, but also the seemingly disparate communities of fine art and digital media by providing a platform for engagement and interaction.

Grid Series: Communities includes a collection of framed gouache and graphite paintings on handmade paper, as well as an integrated digital piece.  Viewers will have the opportunity to become “makers” as they digitally change the painting on the installed gallery screen (re-ordering the dots, changing colors, etc.).

Join us for an opening reception, meet the artist, and create your own community on Friday, March 17, 6-9 p.m.

 

 

 

Working Artist Membership programs are generously supported by the Cyrus Eaton Foundation.

 

Woodwind Ensemble Master Class

Sunday, March 12, 2017   10:30 a.m.

North Coast WindsThe five members of North Coast Winds (NCW) will lead an interactive masterclass program designed to introduce the basics of chamber music and enhance young musicians’ ensemble playing skills. Participants will have the option of playing their part alongside the NCW in a chamber music immersion experience or pre-formed groups can perform and receive coaching and feedback, all in an encouraging and hands-on environment.

Northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply for all master class sessions; applicants must be recommended by their music teacher  in addition to the online form below for consideration.

Participating students and one parent (if student is under 18) also receive complimentary tickets to one of Heights Arts’ 2016-2017 Close Encounters chamber music concerts, featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (a $55 min. value).

MASTER CLASS APPLICATION

 

ABOUT NORTH COAST WINDS

From the shores of Lake Erie, the North Coast Winds (NCW) has emerged as a dynamic player in the cultural and educational fabric of Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Formed by five alumni of the Cleveland Institute of Music, NCW’s commitment to inspired music-making, memorable educational programming, and connecting with the broadest possible audiences has led the group across the United States in performances and residences.  Awarded second prize at the Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, NCW has delighted listeners in beautiful concert halls, gardens, libraries, hospitals, museums, historic homes and hotels, and on the radio.  The ensemble includes Madeline Lucas Tolliver, flute; Mary Kausek, oboe; Benjamin Chen, clarinet; Emily Rapson, horn; and Arleigh Savage, bassoon.

 

 

Funding for  master classes and free and discounted tickets is generously provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE Opening Reception

Public Conscience, Laura and Gary DummFriday, March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration, a regional exhibition co-curated by artists Leslye Arian and Dave King, showcases the work of Laura and Gary Dumm, Derek Hess, Brian Jasinski, Nancy Schwartz-Katz, Milan Kecman, Jake Kelly, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, Angela Oster, Josh Usmani, Justin Michael Will, Sean Higgins and Nicholas Rezabek of the Bubble Process.

Graphic design and illustration have expanded beyond the publishing and advertising industries from which they sprung. Influenced by graffiti, new technologies in animation or gaming, the illustrator creates stories about world issues, popular culture, trends in daily life. Artists take issues out of context and reexamine them in unconsidered perpectives, which cleverly challenges the viewers to assess their own part in the whole.

Please join us for a public reception and opportunity to meet the artists on Friday, March 3, 6-9 p.m.

 

 

 

Image: More is Never Enough, courtesy Laura and Gary Gumm

Master Class in Piano

Master Class Shuai Wang

Sunday, February 19, 2017   CANCELLED

Shuai Wang, acclaimed piano soloist and faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University, will lead a master class performance in the Heights Arts gallery. Master classes are free and open to the public for observation. Each features students who perform with excellence within various levels, and have been recommended by their teachers.

Northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply for all master class sessions; applicants must be recommended by their music teacher  in addition to the online form below for consideration.

Participating students and one parent (if student is under 18) also receive complimentary tickets to one of Heights Arts’ 2016-2017 Close Encounters chamber music concerts, featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (a $55 min. value).

MASTER CLASS APPLICATION

 

Funding for  master classes and free and discounted tickets is generously provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

Cleveland Cello Quartet

Cleveland Cello QuartetSaturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Were thrilled to kick off our 2017 gallery concert series with The Cleveland Cello Quartet, a dynamic new ensemble dedicated to promoting the cello as a versatile and eclectic instrument.

Performing a genre-bending fusion of classical, jazz, and pop music, the group is quickly establishing itself as a fresh sound in the Cleveland music scene. Only in their second season, the group has already appeared at many major local venues, including the Bop Stop and Nighttown, as well as in less conventional Cleveland-area institutions such as the West Side Market and Toast. The Cleveland Cello Quartet has also performed live on the public classical radio station WCLV 104.9, and they frequently join forces with Classical Revolution Cleveland to perform at their bimonthly shows at the Happy Dog. The Cleveland Cello Quartet is an ensemble-in-residence at the Music Settlement.

The quartet members (Anna Hurt, Carlyn Kessler, Sophie Benn, and Andris Koh) met as students at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Hailing from Utah, Connecticut, Minneapolis, and Singapore respectively, they are all dedicated teachers and active performers based in the Northeast Ohio area.

No ticket fee; freewill donations accepted.

 

 

Gallery music performances are supported by the Paul M. Angell Foundation.

5th Not-Exactly-Annual Haiku Death Match

Saturday, April 8, 2017  at 7 p.m.

Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights

5th Haiku death match

Heights Arts marks National Poetry Month with the presentation of its fifth Haiku Death Match at Dobama Theatre on Saturday, April 8.

This “fun”raiser for literary arts programming will pit eight of the region’s best and bravest writers of the ancient, Japanese 17-syllable form against each other in a fierce competition for audience approval. Pairs of poets read their original Haiku aloud, and the audience votes for the poem they like best. Low-scoring contestants are eliminated, and the last poet standing is declared Haiku Death Match Master.

“This is a contest where your vote really counts,” said Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey, who will be on hand at the event, although not competing. “The audience decides who deserves to be the 2017 Haiku Death Match Master, and believe me, every syllable matters, and every vote counts!”

Why “Not Exactly Annual?” The last Haiku Death Match was held in October 2015, and there was no Match in 2016 because Heights Arts decided to hold it in April of this year, to celebrate National Poetry Month and to raise funds for Heights Arts literary activities.

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Marc Zeale, the dark horse winner of the 2015 Haiku Death Match, is not competing this year, which levels the field somewhat.  Returning champions and contestants include Dianne Borsenik, poet and founder of Night Ballet Press; Michael Ceraolo, retired firefighter/paramedic and writer; Celeste McCarty, artist, writer, and performer; Ray McNiece, actor, poet, and former Haiku Death Match champion; Mary Turzillo, poet, science fiction writer, and fencing champion; and Geoffrey Landis, NASA physicist, poet, and science fiction writer. A few Death Match “virgins” have entered the fray, as well, including Christine Donofrio,  artist, writer, poet and filmmaker; and Cordelia Eddy, ‘zine writer and East Coast ex-pat.

The eight poets in the ring will have to fight hard for the trophy. In the first half of the Death Match, poets will read their contemporary Haiku on the subjects: personal relationships, politics, animals in our life, the daily grind, and all things Cleveland. Poets with the highest scores advance to the second half, in which they will read only classical, nature-oriented Haiku. The winner of the classical round is declared the 2017 Haiku Death Match Master.

Order tickets and support literary arts programming!

DAY OF EVENT: Haiku Death Match tickets are available for purchase at the door, Dobama Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.     $15

 

 

 

Support a haiku warrior team

Want to support one of the eight haiku contestants in their quest for fame and glory?  You can be part of the action by donating to one of the literary-warrior teams (which is also a fundraiser for Heights Arts literary programs), and by coming to the Match and voting for their success: the audience decides the winner.

  • Contribute $10 or more for warrior support and automatically qualify for the Heights Arts member ticket fee ($5 savings).
  • Contribute $25 or more and receive a copy of the winning haiku poem suitable for framing. 
  • Contribute $100 or more and receive that winning poem personalized and signed by the 2017 Death Match Champion. 
  • Contributors of $200 or more will receive a chapbook of poems from each of four current and past Poets Laureate.
DONATE TO THE CAUSE

 

  1. Gail Bellamy, 2009-2011 Cleveland Heights Poets Laureate, and haiku warrior Ray McNiece

  2. Kathleen Cerveny, 2013-15 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, and haiku warrior Cordelia Eddy

  3. Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac’s Backs-Books and haiku warrior Geoffrey Landis

  4. Meredith Holmes, 2015-2016 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, and haiku warrior Dianne Borsenik

  5. Christine Howey, 2016-18 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, and haiku warrior Christine Donofrio

  6. Peggy Latkovich of Mac’s Backs-Books and haiku warrior Mary Turzillo

  7. Harriet Logan of Loganberry Books and haiku warrior Celeste McCarty

  8. Josh Werling, Heights Arts Board President, and haiku warrior Michael Ceraolo


Haiku on the Radio

This year, with the help of Robert Conrad of radio station WCLV (104.9 FM), Heights Arts is reaching out to a broad audience of northeast Ohio culture hounds. Conrad attended the 2015 Haiku Death Match and loved it. In fact, he was so taken with the event, he decided to feature it on his Weekend Radio show, an hour-long mix of music, humor, culture, and unclassifiable oddments that airs every Saturday night on radio station WCLV. Listen on Saturday, April 1 to Weekend Radio, 10 p.m. on WCLV – 104.9 FM to catch Haiku, written and read aloud by northeast Ohio poets.  Listen to a live interview with poets Ray McNiece and Christine Howey on WCLV on Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 p.m.

 

No Exit Gallery Concert

No Exit New Music community concertSaturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Please join No Exit at Heights Arts for an intimate and extraordinary evening of music which will shine the spotlight on three of the ensemble’s musicians: violinist Cara Tweed, percussionist Luke Rinderknecht and pianist Nicholas Underhill. These virtuosi will be performing as a group and as soloists, bringing to the table the engaging performances that you’ve come to expect from No Exit.

Included on the program will be music from early American avant-garde composer, pianist and inventor George Antheil and the world premiere of a new work created by Emily Koh…….. all of this and much more!

Free and open to the public.

Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond

Girld in the Garden, LikenessThursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening with Likeness exhibition artists, who will speak about ideas and processes behind their works, as well as the challenges of creating successful self-portraits.

Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Christine Howey has invited Northeast Ohio poets Dianne Borsenik, Kisha Nicole Foster, Jayce Renner and AKeemjamal Rollins to respond in poetry to select portraits in the exhibition. They will read their works as well. It’s always an interesting night; come a bit early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments! FREE

Heights Arts Cookies @Luna Bakery

Heights Arts cookies at LunaFebruary 1-February 28, 2017

February just got a little sweeter…

Luna Bakery & Cafe has collaborated with Heights Arts to create six different cookie designs inspired by the public art benches of Coventry. All are on Luna Bakery’s signature sugar cookie base, and all are only available during the month of February!

With the purchase of each $3 Heights Arts cookie at Luna, $2 will be donated by the Bakery to Heights Arts community arts programming.

Luna Bakery & Cafe is open seven days a week, and is located at 2482 Fairmount Blvd, in the Cedar-Fairmount shopping district. Get a 6-pack and support community arts!

 

Luna Bakery Hours

Weekdays  7am – 8pm
Saturday  8am – 5pm
Sunday  8am – 5pm

Master Class for Flute and Cello

Sunday, February 5, 2017   10:30 a.m.

In2ativeKimberly Zaleski and Trevor Kazarian of the duo IN2ATIVE, will lead a master class performance in flute and cello (improv duo) in the Heights Arts gallery. Master classes are free and open to the public for observation. Each features students who perform with excellence within various levels, and have been recommended by their teachers.

Northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply for all master class sessions; applicants must be recommended by their music teacher  in addition to the online form below for consideration.

Participating students and one parent (if student is under 18) also receive complimentary tickets to one of Heights Arts’ 2016-2017 Close Encounters chamber music concerts, featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (a $55 min. value).

MASTER CLASS APPLICATION

 

ABOUT IN2ATIVE

Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, IN2ATIVE’s vibe is anything but traditional. This avant-garde duo, consisting of Kimberly Zaleski (flute) and Trevor Kazarian (cello) specializes in a fusion of musical genres, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with jazz, hip-hop and rock, creating its own unique genre. The combination and blending of musical styles, mixed with jamming high energy and beat-boxing swing creates a product that is sweet but also very passionate. All of their pieces are original compositions, inspired by events and experiences, both past and present.

This year, IN2ATIVE has been chosen as Musicians-in Residence at the Cleveland Clinic, an honor garnered from their consistent outreach initiative through both the Clinic and University Hospitals. They are performing and teaching artists on the roster of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Agency (CAL). Through CAL, they have programmed both performances and workshops for children ranging in age from pre-school through high school. IN2ATIVE enjoys inspiring music students and has performed at the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival and has also worked with college level music students at Penn State University.

IN2ATIVE has performed at a variety of venues in Ohio including Nighttown, The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, LAURELIVE Music Fest, Larchmere Porchfest, Wildwood Cultural Center, Lorain County Community College, to name a few. They are very excited for their upcoming collaboration in January of 2017 with the renowned Dancing Wheels Company & School where their music will be paired with dance. Fun fact- they were invited to perform for the Executive Producers of “America’s Got Talent.”

Quoted by Jim Walker, former principal flute of the LA Philharmonic: “[IN2ATIVE] is one of the freshest concepts in today’s music scene. The musicians are first rate and their music is only innovative, but appealing to all listeners.”

 

Funding for  master classes and free and discounted tickets is generously provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

SPOTLIGHT: Jeanne Regan Opening Reception

Spotlight: Jeanne ReganFriday, January 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Heights Arts spotlight gallery space, dedicated to showing the newest art from our working artist-members, opens with an exhibition of painted stencil prints by Jeanne Regan on Friday, January 27, 6-9 p.m.

Using the traditional Japanese surface design technique of Katazome, Jeanne creates richly colored and patterned prints on botanical, celestial, and meteorological themes. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and her work is included in permanent collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Intervals of Clouds and Sun,  courtesy Jeanne Regan.

 

Working Artist Membership programs are generously supported by the Cyrus Eaton Foundation.

 

Zeitgeist Gallery Concert

Saturday, January 14, 2017  8:00 p.m.

Acclaimed new music ensemble Zeitgeist joins Cleveland’s No Exit for an unforgettable evening of music in the Heights Arts gallery. Both groups will play works from their unique repertoire as well as joining forces to perform collectively. The program will feature a plethora of thrilling avant-garde sounds including music which explores the possibilities of the electroacoustic medium, film, and improvisation.

This free community concert is part of a series of music performances in the gallery, ongoing through June, 2017.

 

ABOUT ZEITGEIST
Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; Nicola Melville, piano.

No Exit New Music community concertABOUT NO EXIT
Since its inception, the idea behind No Exit has been to serve as an outlet for the commission and performance of contemporary avant-garde concert music. Now in our eighth season and with well over fifty commissions to date, No Exit is going strong in our efforts to promote the music of living composers and to be an impetus for the creation of new works. We have strived to create exciting, meaningful and thought-provoking programs; always with the philosophy of bringing the concert hall to the community (not the other way around) and by presenting our programs in a manner which allows for our audience to really connect with the experience……… free and open to the public in every sense

 

Likeness Opening Reception

Likeness, Sarah Curry

Works in progress at studio of Sarah Curry

Friday, January 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Likeness,” which kicks off the new year at Heights Arts, brings together six Northeast Ohio artists who approach the portrait from different perspectives. They are playful with both point of view and materials, expressing information with color, texture, and medium. Rather than necessarily depicting the head and shoulders of the sitter as in the traditional definition of a portrait, these works delve into a deeper meaning of portraiture: images that reveal something of the character of the subject, sometimes in most unexpected ways.

The following artists are showcased: Sarah Curry, painting; Susan Gallagher, ceramics; Bernadette Glorioso, painting on repurposed fabric; David King, mixed media drawing; Daniel Levin, photography; Mary Ann Tipple, fiber arts. One wall will be dedicated to self portraits by the artists.

Guest curator Sharon Grossman noted, “You can have a portrait without just depicting someone’s face. All of these artists challenge the notion of portraiture by using traditional media in non-traditional interpretations.”

The community is invited to a public reception and opportunity to meet the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

CALL FOR POETS: 5TH Not Exactly Annual Haiku Death Match

Eight contestants… Who will be the Haiku Master?

2016 Haiku Master Marc Zeale

2015 Haiku Master Marc Zeale ponders the meaning of life (or maybe not)

Heights Arts is once again hosting the fun, funny, irreverent Haiku Death Match, and currently seek contestants for the 2017 benefit.  This ever-popular event, with the Haiku Master chosen by the audience, will take place at Dobama Theater, Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm.  The roster of competitors is limited – only eight  poets will compete – so that each poet will have more time to hurl their syllable-sharp weapons against their opponents, and the audience will have more time to measure the skill of each contestant.

Another feature to this year’s match will require poets to hurl haiku in six specific topic rounds, accumulating audience-awarded points as they go. Topics are: Personal Relationships, Politics, Animals in our Life, The Daily Grind, All Things Cleveland and a final elimination round of classic nature haiku.

If you wish to compete, and can firmly commit to the date of the Haiku Death Match (April 8), please complete the online poet entry form as soon as possible. We will be accepting contestants age 18 and over on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Once chosen, the eight contestants will be invited to a meeting to review the rules of the competition and the structure of the event. Contestants may also have the opportunity to read selections of their haiku poetry on WCLV’s Weekend Radio Program with Bob Conrad.

Tickets for the 5th Not Exactly Annual Haiku Death Match will go on sale to the public on March 1, 2017. $15 general public | $10 Heights Arts members.

 

 

Proceeds from the Not So Annual Haiku Death Match support Heights Arts literary programs, including the City of Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, and Ekphrastacy gallery talks