Vivace International Music Festival Returns to Wilmington!

Vivace Music Foundation and The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College are thrilled to announce the third edition of the Vivace International Music Festival. The festival will begin on August 3rd and will run through August 14th. Vivace will immerse Wilmington in world-class music, offering daily master classes, interactive lectures, conversations, and discussions, as well as numerous concerts in the community.

Vivace and The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College are partnering to present 6 concerts, featuring world-class artists from around the globe.

The concerts to be held at the Wilson Center include:

A Metamorphic Journey
Marina Lomazov & Joseph Rackers, piano
August 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Vivace Music Foundation artistic directors Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers kick off Vivace’s second season in Wilmington with Brahms’ mammoth sonata for two pianos (which would later become his famous piano quintet). A North Carolina premiere, iconic works by Rachmaninoff, Bach and Scriabin, and Kapustin’s thrilling variations make this a concert you cannot miss.

Beethoven’s Greatest Variations
Richard Goode, piano
August 6, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the world’s greatest pianists visits Wilmington and Vivace Music Foundation to present Beethoven’s grandest set of variations: the Diabelli. According to Gramophone, “Every time we hear him (Richard Goode), he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

The Master-Trio of Our Time
Bonnie Thron, Axel Strauss, Jason Moon, Jennifer Farutschi, Seth Parker Woods & Dmitri Vorobiev
August 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony, Bonnie Thron, joins Naumburg Violin Award winner Axel Strauss and virtuoso pianist Dmitri Vorobiev in a performance of Mendelssohn’s thrilling C minor piano trio, once referred to by Robert Schumann as “the master-trio of our time.” Additional works by Shostakovich, Chinary Ung and Strauss kick off Vivace’s string festival in grand fashion.

Grandly Heroic
Thomas Sauer & Colin Carr
August 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

British cellist Colin Carr has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. Colin and his longtime duo partner Thomas Sauer join Vivace to present one of the most beautiful pieces ever written: the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata. Recent performances have brought the Carr-Sauer duo to venues throughout the United States and Europe, including on major concert series in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Amsterdam and London. The Calgary Herald says of Carr: “Colin Carr has provided some of the most memorable performances we will ever likely hear…”.

Hats off Gentlemen, a Genius!
Ani Kavafian, Jason Moon, Jennifer Frautschi, Natasha Brofsky & Alexander Kobrin

August 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Violinist Ani Kavafian has performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world. Join us as she performs Schumann’s best work with an all-star cast, featuring Vivace artistic advisor Jennifer Frautschi, 2021 Vivace Award Winner Jason Moon, cellist Natasha Brofsky and pianist Alexander Kobrin.

Schumann’s piano quintet highlighted his year of chamber music, in which he composed three string quartets, several pieces for piano trio and a piano quartet. The quintet, however, defined the genre that would later be championed by Brahms, Shostakovich, Franck and Dvorak. The work was premiered by Clara Schumann (and published on her birthday!).

The Van Cliburn of Today
Alexander Kobrin, piano
August 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Referred to as the Van Cliburn of today by the BBC, virtuoso Alexander Kobrin returns to Vivace for a dynamic program of works by Schubert, Brahms, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Gold medalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and top prizes at the Busoni, Hamamatsu and Chopin competitions, Kobrin is a virtuoso like none other. According to The New York Times: “He surrendered neither the smoothness nor the dynamic fluidity that the modern piano allows, and he gave his sense of fantasy free rein, creating an almost confessional spirit.”

Full subscriptions available now at Single tickets and other packages available beginning June 16.

Student tickets are $10. Tickets for individual concerts start at $25 plus taxes and fees. Please note that these are anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to

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