Heights Arts presents a month of music and metal
There’s no reason to stay home and hibernate in January—Heights Arts offers a number of community-friendly events to kick off 2018.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m., visiting Minnesota quartet Zeitgeist joins Cleveland’s No Exit ensemble for an evening of music from the unique repertoire of each group, as well as collective performances of new music. The free community concert promises a diverse assortment of avant-garde sounds, including music that explores the possibilities of the electro-acoustic medium.
Opening Friday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., is Materialized: Seven Artists Working in Metal, curated by Heights Arts exhibition committee member Pamela Argentieri. “Northeast Ohio has a long tradition of sculptors, blacksmiths, silversmiths and designers working in metal,” said Argentieri. "This community and its institutions continue to support the careers and education of its artists."
Materialized brings together art by David L. Deming, Mark Hartung, Matthew Hollern, Jacquie Wynn Kennedy, Seth Nagelberg, Stephen Yusko, and Argentieri. The works chosen demonstrate the artists' new and traditional ways of using metal and inventing form. "It’s an opportunity to see the objects and how they are materialized, through sketches, models, patterns and prototypes," explained Argentieri. The exhibition will be on view through March 4.
The second concert of Heights Arts Close Encounters Season 11, "Rhythms, Rhymes and the Kitchen Sink," brings a unique afternoon of chamber music and original verse to the stage of the Bop Stop on Sunday, Jan. 21. It’s a little-known fact that the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal English horn player, Robert Walters, is also a published poet. He'll share the Bop Stop stage in Hingetown with Oberlin College’s newest bassoon faculty member, Drew Pattison, and composer/pianist Teddy Niedermaier in a unique program of music and original poetry. The musical journey includes a 2016 composition by Niedermaier, rarely heard romances by Elgar and Sibelius, and Debussy’s thrilling “Rhapsodie.” Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert are available at Heights Arts on Lee Road or online at www.heightsarts.org/concerts.
On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m., award-winning pianist and CIM faculty member Andrew Focks leads a masterclass performance at Heights Arts for aspiring pianists. All Northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply as participants in the masterclass sessions, which are free and open to the public for observation. The application and information can be found at www.heightsarts.org/master-classes.
Mary Ryan is on staff at Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization.