VIVO Music Festival is back – and it promises to sound like it did before the pandemic.
After two pandemic-era editions of the annual chamber music festival — in 2020, the festival went all-virtual, and in 2021, a socially distanced outdoor event was included — this year’s edition, set for Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. Most are back to normal.
The festival will return to an all-indoor format, with concerts set at venues used by the festival in the past, including the Columbus Museum of Art and the Southern Theater. And no virtual programming is expected.
“There’s no substitute for live sound,” said festival co-founder Siwoo Kim, a 33-year-old violinist who spent his teenage years in Westerville and now lives in New York City.
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In all other ways, though, the festival — in its eighth year — remains the most cutting-edge classical-music offering in Greater Columbus. Kim and the festival’s co-founder, 34-year-old violist and Upper Arlington resident John Stulz, will be among a group of eight young guest musicians who will play both revered works from the past and exciting pieces from the present.
The combination, in the view of the organizers, makes VIVO a uniquely inviting experience.
“We need to make it a welcoming environment,” Kim said.
Here are the details on this year’s event.
When does VIVO Music Festival start?
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 AD. This year’s VIVO Music Festival on Broad St. will begin at 7 p.m. The program “Schubert and Beethoven” will feature a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.” ” and Franz Schubert’s “Quintet for Strings” at the Schottenstein Property Group Pavilion.
The location within the museum was chosen for its intimacy.
“We decided to do a concert type in the round, so that all audience members could be as close as possible to the musicians,” said Stulz, a member of the Parisian music group Ensemble Intercontemporane.
Tickets cost $20, or $10 for students.
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A new venue has been selected for the concert
The festival, proud to perform in a new space, will open Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at WOSU Public Media’s new, five-story headquarters at 1800 N. Pearl St. The performance inside will debut in the studio. Beer and Beethoven” will boast musicians playing short works and brews for sale to all. WOSU on-air host Jennifer Hambrick will emcee the informal event, which Stulz describes as the perfect starting point for chamber-music newlyweds.
“We’ve got some ready pieces, we’ve got some unprepared ones, some surprises, things like that,” Stulz said. “I think most people will feel comfortable coming into the venue, having a beer or favorite drink, and kicking back and relaxing.”
Tickets cost $20, or $10 for students.
Chamber music finale to pay homage to Columbus
Chamber Music Columbus, which invites national and international chamber music artists to the Southern Theater, will soon begin its 75th season, and in recognition of the occasion, the much younger VIVO will honor its older brother with a concert on September 4 at 2 p.m. , in Southern, 21 AD. Main st.
“So our season eight finale will be their season 75 opener,” Kim said.
Added Stulz: “We always love Chamber Music Columbus – many of our artists come back year-round to play in the Chamber Music Columbus Series.”
The program will include staples of the chamber music repertoire, including Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Trio,” as well as a newly commissioned work by South Korean composer Jaehyuk Choi in tribute to chamber music founder James N. Cain, whose instrument was the clarinet: Choi’s new clarinet quintet will be heard for the first time in concert.
The teaming of a long-standing chamber-music organization with several new chamber-music festivals makes for the perfect mix, Kim said.
“It’s like chamber music between institutions and generations,” he said.
Tickets cost $25, or $15 for students.
Where can I buy tickets?
To purchase tickets or get more information, visit www.vivofestival.org.