Siwoo Kim

color photo of Jeff Myers and Siwoo Kim playing violins
publicity photo / Courtesy of Jeffrey Myers and Siwoo Kim

Many folks these days are finding ways to be productive while sheltering at home. New York City residents Jeffrey Myers and Siwoo Kim escaped New York’s COVID-19 crisis and headed to Columbus, where they made their time in self-quarantine count.

Frankie Kuo / VIVO Music Festival

Some years ago, violinist Charles Weatherbee made a simple, but profound statement during an interview. Carpe Diem String Quartet was to perform at the Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus downtown.

When I asked him what had sparked the quartet's interest in the venue and in their adventurous programming, he said, "If we want people to step into our (classical music) world, we must be willing to step into theirs."

Adventurous programming and unusual venues are the norm for the musicians performing in this year's VIVO Music Festival, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

color photogaph of violinists Siwoo Kim and Alicia Hui, and violist jack Stulz standing up and playing chamber music at a Short North art gallery
Soogie Choi / (Siwoo Kim/VIVO Music Festival)

Ecstatic collaboration, community, passion. These are the key ingredients of the VIVO Music Festival, which is scheduled in August to become the newest addition to Columbus' classical music scene.