archived events 2020

archived events 2020

No Exit and Zeitgeist at Heights Arts

Please join No Exit and their special guests Zeitgeist (from St. Paul, MN.) as they return to Heights Arts for an extraordinary evening of avant-garde music. For many years, these two ensembles have been collaborating to present bold and captivating concert programs for the adventurous listener. The program will feature works which are representative of composers from both Northeast Ohio and The Twin Cities, including all-new world premiere compositions by Michael Renee Torres and Jonathan Posthuma. Also on the program will be music by Daniel Nass, Tiffany Skidmore, Pat O’Keefe, Doug Opel, Buck McDaniel, Pauline Oliveros and Giacinto Scelsi. Don’t miss this phenomenal musical experience! Free and open to the public.

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Gallery Concert: Classical Revolution Cleveland

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7 pm

Heights Arts

Free Admission

Classical Revolution Cleveland performs dozens of free, public events each year, with a core mission of taking classical music off of the “high art” pedestal and presenting dynamic performances in non-traditional spaces. Comprised of a multi-faceted roster of some of northeast Ohio’s top independent professionals, Classical Revolution Cleveland has given free monthly performances at The Happy Dog for nearly a decade, along with countless pop-up shows and special events. The ensemble has also been featured in programming on Ideastream, Cleveland’s PBS/NPR affiliate, and onstage in Mixon Hall at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Their concert series, JOIN, provides monthly concerts to audiences without access to the arts, including correctional facilities, crisis shelters, low-income community centers, and the VA hospital. Learn more about their work on Facebook, Instagram, and at!


Program Description:

As we usher in a new decade and the 1920’s hit their centennial mark, join Classical Revolution Cleveland for a night of music at Heights Arts, paying homage to the Jazz Age! A mix of classical, jazz, and classically-inspired jazz will round out this eclectic program featuring piano, strings, and a few surprises. Composers to include Scott Joplin, Django Reinhardt, Amy Beach, and more.


Victor Beyens, violin
Ariel Clayton Karas, violin
Henry Samuels, bass
Chris Neiner, piano


Ekphrastacy: Artists Speak + Poets Respond

Join us for a night of poetry inspired by the artwork in our Point-Line-Pattern-Plane exhibition on Thursday, February 13 at 7PM.

Artists from the exhibition introduce their pieces and discuss the creative processes of their work. Then Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Damien McClendon and invited poets Ray McNiece, John Burroughs, and Carson Evans recite original poems inspired about the artists’ work.


FREE and open to the public, with reception and refreshments following

Gallery Concert: Shibagaki-Shung Piano Duo

Natsumi Shibagaki

Irwin Shun

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7 pm

Heights Arts

Free Admission

Natsumi Shibagaki, a native of Japan, serves as staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Shibagaki has performed with numerous artists in the greater Cleveland area, including members of the Canton Symphony, the Akron Symphony, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Shibagaki has participated in a number of international music festivals since arriving in the States, including the Music Academy of West, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Mendocino Music Festival – Emerging Artists Program, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Ms. Shibagaki received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in solo piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Mack McCray. She moved to Cleveland in 2011 to pursue a Professional Studies diploma in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Anita Pontremoli, where she received the Rosa Lobe Collaborative Piano Award. Besides fulfilling her responsibilities as an in-demand collaborative pianist, Ms. Shibagaki also devotes herself to the education of younger students. In addition to maintaining a private studio in Cleveland, Shibagaki also worked as an educator for the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Advanced Suzuki Institute of Stanford, and currently serves as adjunct piano faculty at the John Carroll University.

Dr. Irwin Shung, whose playing has been praised by State Magazine for its “ease, technique, and musicianship,” has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Shung served as theory faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2015 to 2018, and also directs the Resonance Masters’ Series at the new performance hall, Resonance at SOMA, situated in Bellevue, Washington, which has featured internationally acclaimed artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Jinjoo Cho (Oberlin Conservatory, McGill Conservatory), Daniel Shapiro (Cleveland Institute), Craig Sheppard (University of Washington, Guildhall School), and Adam Pearl (Peabody Institute).

Shung received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in January 2015, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He has also received instruction on piano from various distinguished teachers including Marian Hahn (Peabody Conservatory), Leon Fleisher (Peabody Conservatory), Herbert Stessin (Julliard School), and Gabriel Chodos (New England Conservatory). Awards received include the Pauline Favin Memorial Award from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a win in the 2012 Darius Milhaud Competition.

Shung has been newly appointed piano faculty at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. His performances have been featured by KING FM in Seattle, as well as WCLV in Cleveland, and his complete recording of the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is available on the internet.

Concert Three: Heights Arts and Beethoven Birthday Bonn-anza

Mar 1, 2020, 3 pm  Eaton Mansion

All-Beethoven Program:

Early: Sonata for Horn and Piano in F Major, op. 17

Middle: Ghost Trio in D-Major, 0p. 70,1

Late: Cello Sonata in C-major op. 102,1

What better way to thank you, our loyal Heights Arts community, as we celebrate our 20th year, than with a program of a beloved artist celebrating his 250th ? Three works by Beethoven fill this program: one each from his early, middle, and late periods, allowing you to trace his development from the adoring young student of Papa Haydn to a rebellious avant-garde composer with bristling contempt for his contemporaries. “My music is for a later age,” he snapped at the critics of his late works. At 20 years old, Heights Arts is the perfect age to present this thrilling program!


Patti Wolf (University of Texas, Austin), piano, Isabel Trautwein (the Cleveland Orchestra), violin, Dane Johansen (the Cleveland Orchestra), cello, and Richard King (the Cleveland Orchestra), french horn

Read about Close Encounters Season 14: 2019-20

Order early for guaranteed seats!

Concert tickets are available for purchase at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, 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, and Close Encounters concerts have a tradition of selling out.

Season ticket purchases for Close Encounters Season 14 are no longer available.

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

This concert is wait list only. Don’t despair! – we have placed many people off of our wait list due to cancellations as the event draws near. Please   CLICK HERE  to submit a request for tickets and we will contact you if some become available.

Spotlight: Sean Jason Kelley

January 31 – March 15, 2020

Join us for the opening reception of the first spotlight exhibition of new year, featuring Sean Jason Kelly, on Friday, January 31 from 6–9PM. Complimentary refreshments and cash bar.

Sean Jason Kelly is a self taught artist who believes art is a necessity that should be offered and available to all. He creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations from a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and found objects. Sean has also been working as a tattoo artist for over 15 years in Ohio and California.

Sean has participated in many exhibitions, community projects, and installations in the Cleveland area. He has created 5 public art sculptures for Melt Bar and Grilled headquarters, designed furniture for Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, and collaborated on community projects with development corporations in Slavic Village, Collinwood, and St. Clair Superior neighborhoods. He works out of his studio barn built in the 1890’s, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Point – Line – Pattern – Plane

January 17–March 1, 2020

Join us for the opening of the first group exhibition show of 2020, Point-Line-Pattern-Plane, on Friday, January 17 from 6–9PM. Complimentary refreshments and cash bar.

An exhibition of textile art curated by Janice Lessman-Moss, this exhibition highlights a range of work being done by artists in NE Ohio using the distinctive materiality and processes associated with the medium of Fibers.  Although building on a foundation of traditional techniques, all the artists use the language of textiles to create objects of beauty and meaning, reflecting the sensibilities of our time.  Processes such as weaving, stitching and dyeing are used to develop form and surface, while repetition, accumulation, color and pattern are mined for content and character.

Artists featured: Laurie Addis, Elena Brebenel, Si-Yun Chang, Rebecca Cross, Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson, Andrea Myers, Jessica Pinsky, Katlin Shae