Close Encounters

Close Encounters chamber music concerts


Heights Arts is pleased to present our Close Encounters chamber music series, held in a distinctive array of locations that provide a sense of prestige and eccentricity. Think historic residences in Cleveland and Shaker Heights and the Dunham Tavern Museum. These Sunday afternoon concerts present classical music performed by arguably the world’s most renowned local musicians—members of the Cleveland Orchestra and other elite performers. Professional musicians design their own programs for up-close and personal experiences, resulting in performances that can range from the impeccable and versatile strings of Omni quartet to the modern renditions of Italian folk music by Alla Boara.



For a list of upcoming concerts and other events, please see our events page.



In 2022, Heights Arts put extra effort into staging live performances for classical audiences and new genres that speak to more types of listeners. The first ARTbar event featured Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Ray McNiece and Sounds of Jazz whose dynamic performance blended jazz with improvised poetry. The program was a wild success and propelled forward with fiery latin Jazz by Jackie Warren, Sammy DeLeon and Patricia Bussert. ARTbar continues to elevate the standard for concert experiences by offering quality events surrounded by Cleveland area art.

To See Details on 2024’s ARTbar events, click here.


Interested in performing a paid ARTbar gig with us? Reach out to

Community Concerts in the Gallery

Trepanning Trio at music hop

Join us for one of our concerts featuring performances celebrating varied genres in our main gallery on Lee Road. Showcasing the talent of our Northeast Ohio musicians  and offering them paid opportunities to share their gifts with the community is a core value. Free to all, these performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and offer open seating. Come a bit early and enjoy what’s on view in our gallery, or browse art an craft from local artists in our Store.

To See Details on 2024’s Gallery Concerts, click here.

For a list of upcoming concerts and other events, please see our events page.



Past performing groups include:

Ars Futura Ensemble

Afi ‘n the Mix
Blue Streak Ensemble
Burning River Baroque

David Bays and the Achy Joints
Callisto Quartet
Classical Revolution
Cleveland Cello Quartet

Ekklesia Ensemble
Gruca White Ensemble
Russian Duo
Time Canvas
Trepanning Trio

Red Campion
The Katy
Tim McDonald Quartet
David Bays
Afi ‘n the Mix


Groups interested in applying for our Gallery Concert series  For more information or to apply, please visit our Call for Artists page.

Random Acts of Art LIVE!

Heights Arts is now booking dates for Random Acts of Art LIVE!  Born during the pandemic, the series features concerts at private homes and in partnership with community organizations, and provides meaningful work for the many talented musicians in the Cleveland Area.

In addition to providing private booking opportunities for residents who would like to host in the Cleveland Area, Heights Arts will present several free concerts in partnership with other organizations to bring music to neighborhoods where residents might not have opportunities to experience these types of live musical performances.


Building Community: The intimacy of these neighborhood front yard concerts provides a way to build relationships with neighbors and the performing artists, or as a celebration of a special occasion. Fall of 2020 RAAL host Donna Johnson says, “This was a wonderful opportunity for neighbors and friends to enjoy live music safely during the pandemic.The first concert was emotional. We were gathered with face masks on. For many of us, this was the first live music we had experienced since March. And this was our first neighborhood gathering since the pandemic. It was a joy seeing everyone!”


Community Partnerships: Heights Arts is also looking for authentic connections with other Cleveland Area organizations who can provide free concerts in neighborhoods whose residents may not normally have the means or opportunity to experience these performances.

“In keeping with our mission to present and support local art and artists, we are excited to match performers with residents in these engaging and joyful events. Although the program was born out of necessity during the pandemic, it is clear that it has become a hallmark of our 20th anniversary year, and we see this as a lasting tradition moving forward,” says Heights Arts Executive Director Rachel Bernstein.


Apply to be RAAL Performer


Private bookings for RAAL performances start at $200.00 for Heights Arts members and $250.00 for non-members, and can be tailored based upon preference or size. The same information applies for organizations hoping to partner with Random Acts of Art LIVE!.


Apply to be a RAAL Host / Partner Oganization


More information by contacting us at with questions.