June 8, 2010

Creative Strings Festival 2019 – (2020 Schedule Coming Soon!)

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For the 17th year, Creative Strings will inundate Central Ohio with the sound of strings at a range of venues July 1-5. The Festival will include a Columbus Music Hop July 2nd, a Delaware Music Hop July 5th, highlight concerts July 1st & 4th in Delaware and Columbus respectively, and a final concert in Delaware on July 5th. Find the full schedule below. (Performances will continue to be added)

Twelve guest artists will collaborate with over 60 string players traveling from six countries to rehearse and perform in these concerts.  Participants include string players from ages 14-65+, student to professionals.

All performances are free and family-friendly unless noted otherwise.

Highlight Concerts:

jazz violinist christian howes

July 1st – Showcase Concert “Music is Love Made Audible”. Our guest artists will be featured in a concert benefitting Delaware’s Ecumenical Youth Group and Delaware City Schools music students (Concert free to the public with a suggested donation of $20). Music to include Jazz, world music, Americana, R&B, and more. See info on our performers here.


July 4th –  “Having Our Say: Concert and Conversation” Cedric Easton & Circle of Friends team up with Creative Strings to present the third annual Concerts & Conversation community concert.

We combine music with a free meal and short panel discussion to explore social justice issues in a town hall-style forum. This event seeks to support the South Side community, and it is always an unforgettable experience. You can listen to one of musical director Cedric Easton’s recent musical projects here.

Featured Artists:

  • The Creative Strings Workshop Orchestra (Over 70 string players)
  • Cedric Easton (drums & vocal)
  • Shawn “Thunder” Wallace
  • Gabe Valle (keyboard)
  • Jennifer Vincent (bass)
  • Panelists (TBA)

July 5th – Finale Concert in Delaware featuring over 75 musicians from the Creative Strings small ensembles. Each small ensemble will present a piece led by a guest artist.

Full Festival Schedule:

July 1- 7-9 pm William Street Methodist Church, Delaware, Oh. Faculty Showcase Concert- “Work is Love Made Visible; Music is Love Made Audible”  Our guest artists will be featured in a concert benefitting Delaware’s Ecumenical Youth Group and Delaware City Schools music students. (Concert free with a suggested donation of $20).

July 2nd – Creative Strings Columbus Music Hop

July 4th – Columbus Highlight Concert “Dealing With Diversity”

July 5 – Creative Strings Delaware Music Hop

From Chris Deville’s article in Columbus Alive:

“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 Creative Strings Festival, aimed at helping violinists, cellists and the like learn to improvise and unlock their creative potential.

Howes recruits top innovators in his field as mentors for 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…

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

Greater Columbus Arts Council & The City of ColumbusCreative Strings is grateful for the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Ohio Arts Council | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop

Thanks also to our community partners: Delaware Libraries, United Methodist Church for All PeopleWilliam St. United Methodist ChurchCentral Community HouseThe School of Greatness, Delaware City Schools, Dick’s Den, Willowbeez Soulveg, Main Street Delaware and the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Creative Strings is a non-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.