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Close Encounters Chamber Music Season 12 begins November, 2017


Image courtesy GM Donley




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




Close Encounters season 11 musicians

A REVIEW OF SEASON 11: 2016-17

Auditioning for and winning a job with an ensemble like the Cleveland Orchestra is a dream come true for a classical musician. Anyone who has attended a few concerts at Severance Hall can attest why: the combination of awesome power and incredible refinement is astonishing. But symphonic music is rarely the only reason a virtuosic performer loves to play. For many, the intimacy and expressive intensity of chamber music—just a few instruments playing together in a small space without a conductor—is the utmost expression of their personal connection to music.

For eleven years, the Heights Arts Close Encounters series has provided audiences the opportunity to hear music that is never performed in symphony halls, played with passionate intensity in private homes and intimate settings where the instruments are as close as a person sitting across the dinner table.


“Since 2005, Heights Arts’ Close Encounters Chamber Music Series has found its niche in Cleveland’s vibrant chamber music scene by presenting concerts in intriguing and inviting spaces around the city.”




The World’s Best Chamber Music, Jawohl!
Friday, November 18, 2016  SOLD OUT

Slavic Strings, From our Sleeve to Yours
Sunday, February 26, 2017  SOLD OUT

Cleveland Orchestra French Horns, Unconducted
Sunday, April 30, 2017  SOLD OUT

Vive La France!
Sunday, May 21, 2017  SOLD OUT


Our eleventh season proudly features the world’s best local musicians playing the world’s best chamber music in unique settings.


I am especially thrilled to present the Cleveland Orchestra french horn section led by Richard King, world-class violinists JinJoo Cho and Peter Otto and the double-viola dream team Kirsten Docter and YuJin. We look forward to performing for you, our world-class audience, in support of the vibrant organization that brings us all together: HeightsArts.


Isabel Trautwein, Artistic Director


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.

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

Community Concerts


Elegie performs at Heights Arts

Image courtesy Daniel Levin

Gallery Series Performances

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Blue Streak Ensemble
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cleveland Cello Quartet
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nick Diodore
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Classical Revolution Cleveland
Saturday, June 10, 2017




None scheduled at this time


We are pleased to host a series of classical music performances in our community art gallery, as well as a series of ALL MUSIC in our new In/Formance (informal performance) series. These gallery concerts are free to the public and showcase the talent of our Northeast Ohio musicians. All performances will be at 7:00 p.m.

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

Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 In/Formances. To apply for either program, interested musicians or groups should complete the online submission form below, with included video clip. For more information on gallery concerts, please contact Rachel Bernstein at 216-371-3457.




Gallery Series Performances 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)

In/Formance Series Requirements:

  • Performer number must be between one and four
  • Program must be between one half hour and 1 hour
  • While no honoraria is currently available, Heights Arts will promote In/Formance events to our members and in our eNews. Performer(s) should be able to give a brief talk about their music, or other aspects of the group or performance.
  • Music can be any genre, either youth or adult performers.
  • Musicians must be current artist members of Heights Arts ($30.00 per year)


Gallery concerts are supported by generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation