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Close Encounters Chamber Music


Close Encounters Season 12

Image courtesy GM Donley




Order online, by phone to 216.371.3457 or in person during regular gallery hours




Close Encounters feature artists season 12


Now in its 12th year, the Heights Arts Close Encounters series presents chamber music as it was meant to be—up close and personal, in stately residences and unique venues throughout Cleveland.

This season, meet the hottest additions to the music scene: cellist and film producer Dane Johansen, violin-star Jessica Lee, and the Cavani Quartet’s new violist, Eric Wong. They will be joining the Omni quartet, Mari Sato from the Cavani Quartet, and violinist Isabel Trautwein of The Cleveland Orchestra. As a bonus, English horn player Robert Walters has designed a program of music and original poetry at the Bop Stop in Hingetown.

Enjoy a wine & dessert reception, and opportunity to hear the musicians speak about the music they perform at every concert.

“We hope you will join us for these unusual concerts, musician-designed and 100% in support of Heights Arts, a community arts organization whose value simply cannot be overstated.” 


Isabel Trautwein, Artistic Director



Felix, Wolfi and Zoltán  SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rhythms, Rhymes and the Kitchen Sink
Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Omni Quartet: From Four to More  SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Strangers on Earth, At Home with Bach  SOLD OUT


Order early for guaranteed seats!

Season subscriptions, as well as individual concert tickets are available for purchase at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online beginning September 15, 2017. 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, and Close Encounters concerts have a tradition of selling out.

Season 12 Subscription to all four concerts  $200 | $160 Heights Arts members

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


We are grateful for the support of our Season 12 Gold Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

Community Concerts in the Gallery


Trepanning Trio at music hop


No Exit and Patchwork
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Burning River Baroque
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Classical Revolution Cleveland
Saturday, June 23, 2018




Heights Arts is pleased to host a series of classical music performances in our spacious art gallery, which showcase the talent our of our Northeast Ohio musicians. Free to the community, all performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and offer open seating. Come a bit early and enjoy what’s on view in our gallery and shop!

Master classes for young musicians are also held on select Sundays during the school year; find more information here.

Interested in performing in our gallery? Performers can complete the online submission form below, with included video clip. We are currently scheduled through June, 2018. For more information on gallery concerts, please contact Rachel Bernstein at 216-371-3457.


Gallery Series Concert Requirements:

  • Groups must be between two and six musicians
  • Musicians will be paid an honorarium of $250.00 up to $1,000 per group for a performance.
  • Performances must be classical music (which includes new music)
  • Musicians must be current artist-members of Heights Arts ($30.00 per year)



Community concerts in the gallery are supported by generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation