Con Vivo Music is a collective of musicians including some of the NYC area’s finest soloists and rising stars. We bring the communal spirit of chamber music to the vibrant and unique setting of Jersey City, organizing and performing free concerts all over town. Con Vivo’s Artistic Director is saxophonist Zach Herchen.
Our mission is to provide world-class music for all audiences, regardless of class, location or income. All of our concerts are completely free.
Con Vivo Music was founded in 2007 by Amelia Hollander Ames after spending three years in Israel as violist of the Israel Contemporary String Quartet and Tel Aviv Soloists. Upon returning to her hometown of Jersey City, she dreamed of playing chamber music for the full range of Jersey City’s vibrant population at the same high level that she had in Israel and elsewhere around the world. Amelia partnered with the Jersey City Department of Cultural Affairs, which exclusively funded Con Vivo’s first two seasons of concerts. In 2009, Con Vivo Music became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and spread its wings, fed by the creativity and virtuosity of its core musicians and the enthusiasm of its audiences.