Creative Strings Festival 2015

Students study jazz violin and improv outdoors
Jazz violin duo showing off their improv skills

Join us for the 2015 Creative Strings Festival

For the thirteenth year in a row, Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Columbus with the sound of strings! Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, rock, Celtic, Latin, blues, avant garde and more at clubs, restaurants, cafes, and other venues throughout Central Ohio. Find our schedule of live performances below, most of which are free and family-friendly. Check back as we continue to add dates!


Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their support:

Music Loves Ohio | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop | Electric Violin Shop | Dixon Stein | Chamber Music Connection | Columbus Music Co-op | City Music Columbus | The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation 


Nearly 100 string players from around the world will be led in small ensembles in 20+ performances by world class performing artists. Below is our most up-to-date schedule (performances subject to change). All performances are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise:


Tuesday, June 30

12:00-1:30pm – J Gumbos

(9 N Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015)

7:00-8:30pm – Delaware County Library – Ostrander Branch

(75 N 4th St, Ostrander, OH 43061)


Wednesday, July 1

Clintonville Music Hop

4:30-6:30pm – Global Gallery

(3535 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

5:00-6:30pm – Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

(4541 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

5:30-7:00pm – Mozart’s Cafe

(4784 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

5:30-7:00pm – Loft Violin Shop

(4606 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

6:00-8:00pm – Rambling House Soda

(310 E Hudson St, Columbus, OH 43202)

9:00-11:00pm – Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music

(5601 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085)


Thursday, July 2

3:00pm – Delaware County Library – Delaware Branch

(84 E Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

3:00pm – Delaware Orange Library

(7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware, OH 43015)

6:30pm – Delaware County Library – Powell Branch

(460 S Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065)


Friday, July 3

5:30-7:30pm – First Friday Street Performances in downtown Delaware, OH

  • J Gumbo’s
  • William Street United Methodist Church, outside near the Rose Garden
  • On Sandusky St at the Street Fair

8:00pm – Evening concert at William St. United Methodist Church

(28 W William St, Delaware, OH 43015)



An excerpt from Chris Deville’s article, Music: Creative Strings Festival.

Classical music can be, for lack of a better word, kinda stuffy. But not if Christian Howes has anything to say about it.

The esteemed jazz violinist hosts his seventh-annual Creative Strings Festival next Monday through Saturday, aimed at helping violinists, cellists and the like learn to improvise and unlock their creative potential.

Howes recruited 12 top innovators in his field as mentors for 25 adults from around the world and a handful of Columbus kids aiming to expand their musical palettes. The fruits of their labor will be on display at public performances throughout the week.

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