Hear. Here. Heights Arts

Close Encounters Season 14, 2019-20

Isabel Trautwein, Artistic Director

Close Encounters, now in its 14th season, is celebrating 20 (!) years of Heights Arts with four unique afternoons of chamber music by the world’s finest local musicians performed as it was meant to be: up close and personal. Programs include our second all-female composer program, Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebration, a sampling of Dvorak’s forgotten Cleveland composing students, and an elegant afternoon with the sparkling Omni Quartet.

As our venues are intimate, tickets sell out early, so please reserve early! All venues are 100% handicapped accessible. A special new venue this year is the Hermit Club, a gorgeous historic Tudor hall in Playhouse Square. After the show, treat yourself to a post-concert reception with the performers in the historic Hermit Tavern.



CONCERT 1: Omni Quartet Sunday, October 13, 2019 SOLD OUT

CONCERT 2: We Too, Part II: Four First Ladies in Music  Sunday, November 24, 2019 WAITLIST ONLY

CONCERT 3: Heights Arts and Beethoven Birthday Bonanza Sunday, March 1, 2020 WAITLIST ONLY

CONCERT 4: The Forgotten Builders of Musical Cleveland and their Teacher   Sunday, May 3, 2020

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. 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 14 Subscription to all four concerts  $200 | $160 Heights Arts members

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

SEASON TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Please see individual concerts for tickets.

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 store!


Our season runs from January through August. For a list of upcoming concerts and other events, please see our events page.

Past performing groups include:

Ars Futura Ensemble
Blue Streak Ensemble
Burning River Baroque
Callisto Quartet
Classical Revolution
Cleveland Cello Quartet


Ekklesia Ensemble
Gruca White Ensemble
Russian Duo
Time Canvas
Trepanning Trio

Interested in performing in our gallery? Performers can complete the online submission form. The season typically runs from January through August.  For more information or to apply, please visit our Call for Artists page.

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

Masterclasses for Young Musicians

Master Classes for young musicians


Applications are Currently Closed






In collaboration with the Music Settlement, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, area public schools, and private teachers, Heights Arts offers masterclasses in its gallery, led by respected Northeast Ohio music teachers. Masterclasses 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.


Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply; applicants must be recommended by their music teacher and submit a performance video in addition to the online form below for consideration.

Participating students and one parent (if student is under 18) are also given complimentary tickets to one of Heights Arts’ 2017-2018 Close Encounters, featuring members of the Cleveland Orchestra (a $30-70 value).



For more information on how to participate in a master class, please contact or call 216-371-3457.


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