Height Arts brings the music

A past Random Acts of Art Live concert featured Larchmere Collective's marimba and cello duo.

Heights Arts is emerging from two years of disrupted music programming with a new mix of offerings at community sites and in its gallery at 2175 Lee Road. Heights Arts musical events transform front yards into concert venues, and blend music with poetry in the new offering, ARTbar. 

When the pandemic made live music unavailable, listening trends changed. Before the pandemic, the classical genre wasn’t among the most popular music played by young people. But during the isolation of COVID-19, playlists for working, studying and relaxing that included classical music spiked more than any other genre, including among young audiences.

In 2022, Heights Arts is putting extra effort into staging live performances for classical audiences and performances of new genres that speak to more types of listeners. With ARTbar, Heights Arts brings intimate musical and cross-disciplinary events to its gallery space in a comfortable cafe setting where attendees can sit down and enjoy a drink while listening.

Meanwhile, Random Acts of Art Live transports music to shared outdoor spaces, serving new audiences and spreading music throughout neighborhoods. These concerts offer a safe way for neighbors and friends to gather and celebrate with song and dance.

Free gallery concerts at Heights Arts increasingly go beyond the classical genre. On July 23, at 7 p.m., The Katy, an indie trio fronted by songwriter, vocalist and bassist Cathalyn, and featuring Cleveland natives Ashanti Allison (drums) and Eli Hanley (keyboards), will take the stage at the Lee Road gallery. The Katy's music is ever-evolving, an earnest, genuine blend of influences strained and sifted through the trials of life and rooted in trust and love. Its energetic melodies, pulsing, driven tempos, and purposeful lyrics address inequality, relationships, adoration and struggle. 

For more information on Heights Arts' community programs and events, including house concerts and gallery performances, visit www.heightsarts.org. 

Tom Masaveg

Tom Masaveg is a public artist specializing in augmented reality installation and graphite works on paper, and is the programs manager at Heights Arts. Contact him at programs@heightsarts.org.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 07.01.2022