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Close Encounters Chamber Music



Now in its 13th 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, all musicians are members of The Cleveland Orchestra or on faculty at Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music. There is also a special double-feature event available for the season’s finale concert at a newly renovated Century home in Chestnut Hills. Audience members can either reserve a double-feature ticket for a home tour plus concert, or attend solely the concert. For those patrons selecting both, a tour of all four floors of this grand estate and a champagne reception will be provided by the homeowner.

The musicians will dedicate this final performance to Heights Arts, an organization that has been a loyal friend to artists and to our Heights community for nearly 20 years.

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




We Too–1000 Years of Music by Women  SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 11, 2018

From Omni to Octet  SOLD OUT 
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Johann Sebastian Igor and One French Horn SOLD OUT 
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Double Feature: Concert and Home Tour
Sunday, May 19, 2019


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 14, 2018. 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).

Most 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 13 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 13 Gold Sponsor: Edward Jones Investments

Community Concerts in the Gallery


Trepanning Trio at music hop





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. The season typically runs from January through August. Next season’s schedule is forthcoming. 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 ($35.00 per year)




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