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Vivace Music Festival brings classical music masters to Wilmington

Classical music picks up the pace in Wilmington this week when the Vivace International Music Festival returns Thursday for its second season of solo and chamber music performances and masterclasses by some of the world’s finest musicians.

For 10 days starting Aug. 4, a remarkable group of pianists including Richard Goode and Alexander Kobrin, and string players including violinist Ani Kavafian and cellist Seth Parker Woods, will give evening concerts and teach during the day.

Cellist Seth Parker Woods is one of the performers at this year's Vivace Music Festival in Wilmington.

Most concerts will be held at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center or in Thalian Hall’s upstairs ballroom, but more than a half dozen venues are involved, including a festival-closing showcase in Southport on Aug. 14.

Richard Goode, one of the world's greatest pianists, presents Beethoven's expansive Diabelli Variations Aug. 6 at CFCC's Wilson Center.

The classical music star power of this year’s Vivace is impressive.

Richard Goode, regarded as the foremost interpreter of Beethoven’s piano works, plays the Wilson Center on Aug. 6. Violinist Ani Kavafian, renowned for her work with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is returning this year. And Ursula Oppens, multi-Grammy nominated pianist and a champion of new music, makes her festival debut. (See below for a list of festival highlights.)

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