VIVO Music Festival

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.

black-and-white photo of flutist jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, violist Matthew Lipman and harpist Bridget Kibbey performing in the Classical 101 studio
Siwoo Kim/VIVO Music Festival

About this time last year, the first-ever VIVO Music Festival took place in Columbus, featuring Columbus-raised classical musicians now at the cusp of promising performing careers. To mark the return of the VIVO Music Festival to Columbus (Aug. 31-Sept. 4), some of the festival’s musicians joined me in the Classical 101 studios earlier this week to give us a preview of this year’s festival.

In case you missed that exclusive live performance on Classical 101, here's your chance to sample the 2016 VIVO Music Festival.

color photograph of Bridget Kibbey wearing black sitting at her harp
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It’s one of those great ironies that international harp soloist Bridget Kibbey might not be the rising star she is today had she not grown up in Ohio.

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After all of the featured performers of this year’s VIVO Music Festival arrive in Columbus later this month – after the performance venues have thrown open their doors, the tickets have been bought and the audiences have gathered – violist, composer and VIVO Music Festival co-artistic director John Stulz won’t be there.

At least, not in the traditional sense.

Violinists Siwoo Kim and Alicia Hui and violist John Stulz perform in the Classical 101 studio in advance of the VIVO Music Festival
Thomas Bradley / WOSU

Musicians from Columbus' newest classical music offering - the VIVO Music Festival - joined Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick live in the Classical 101 studios.

color photo of eleven string players rehearsing in a classroom
Ted Ou-Yang / VIVO Music Festival

They're cris-crossing the globe in world-class string quartets. They're getting snapped up by major orchestras. They're performing with legendary artists at the world's most prestigious music festivals. And they're innovating the classical music world of the future.

color photogaph of quartet Sensa Misura performing at Alice Tully Hall
Quartet Senza Misura

"It's a really strange mind-melding experience to do it," says cellist Jay Campbell of performing contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 3, "In iij. Noct."