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!

Sponsors

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 

Performances

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:

2015 schedule TBA. Below is the festival schedule from 2014:

 

June 30

-3:00-5:00PM (tentative) – Choffey’s Coffee

        (17 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-3:00-4:00PM – Willow Brook Christian Communities (private performance)

        (100 Delaware Crossing West, Delaware, Ohio 43015)

-4:15-5:00PM – Sanborn Hall on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus

        (23 Elizabeth St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-8:00-10:00PMBrothers Drake

        (26 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201)

-10:00PM-2:00AMDick’s Den ($5 cover)

        (2417 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202)

 

July 1

-3:00PM (tentative) – Choffey’s Coffee

        (17 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-4:15-5:00PM – Sanborn Hall on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus

        (23 Elizabeth St, Delaware, OH 43015)

The Clintonville Music Hop:

-5:00-6:30PMCrimson Cup Coffee Shop

        (4541 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

-5:00-6:30PMThe Wine Bistro

        (4416 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

-5:00-6:30PMMozart’s Cafe

        (4784 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

-5:00-6:30PMGlobal Gallery

        (3535 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

-5:30-7:00PMLoft Violin Shop

         (4606 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214)

-8:00-11:00PMNatalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music ($10 cover)

        (5601 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085)

-11:00AM-2:00AM – Bluegrass night at Dick’s Den ($5 cover)

        (2417 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202)

 

July 2

-1:30-3:00PM – Council for Older Adults (private performance)

        (800 Cheshire Rd, Delaware, OH 43015)

-3:00PM (tentative) – Choffey’s Coffee

        (17 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-4:15-5:00PM – Sanborn Hall on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus

        (23 Elizabeth St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-7:00-8:00PMDelaware County Library – Powell Branch

        (460 S Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065)

-7:30-8:30PMDelaware County Library – Ostrander Branch

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

-9:00PM-1:00AMClancey’s Pub

        (40 South Sandusky, Delaware, OH 43015)

 

July 3

-1:00-3:00PMChoffey’s Coffee

        (17 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-2:00-3:00PMDelaware County Library – Delaware Branch

        (84 E Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-3:00-4:00PMDelaware County Library – Orange Branch

        (7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware, OH 43015)

-4:15-5:00PM – Sanborn Hall on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus

        (23 Elizabeth St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-9:00PM-1:00AMClancey’s Pub

        (40 South Sandusky, Delaware, OH 43015)

 

July 4

DELAWARE MUSIC HOP in conjunction with First Friday

-3:00PM (tentative) – Choffey’s Coffee

        (17 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015)

-6:00-9:00PM – First Friday in downtown Delaware, OH – multiple performances throughout downtown

-7:30-8:30PM – guest performing with the Central Ohio Symphony’s July 4th concert – Phillips Glen at Ohio Wesleyan University

-9:00PM-1:00AMClancey’s Pub

        (40 South Sandusky, 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.

Read more…