Sybarite5 Presents “Outliers”
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave. 

The first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Sybarite5 has captured attention across the U.S. by forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented and diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. 

“[Sybarite5] excelled at the exquisite. . . [they played] with relish, a sense of comfort, and a frisson of missionary zeal.” — Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

“Their rock star status. . . is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience.”
— Gayle Williams, Sarasota Herald Tribune

More About The Ensemble
SYBARITE5 got its start at the Aspen Music Festival and was the first string quintet admitted to the Aspen Advanced String Quartet Studies program; it later became the official AMFS alumni ensemble for four seasons.

With their dynamic view on 21st-century entrepreneurial musicianship, the group — comprised of SAMI MERDINIAN and SARAH WHITNEY, violins; ANGELA PICKETT, viola; LAURA METCALF, cello; and bassist LOUIS LEVITT — has conducted residencies and workshops at major institutions and conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, DePauw University and the New England Conservatory. SYBARITE5 served as the resident ensemble for the American Composers Forum National Competition held in New York City in the fall of 2016. 

The quintet’s debut album Disturb the Silence, released in 2011, quickly reached the top ten on the Billboard charts, followed in 2012 by Everything in its Right Place, released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. The ensemble’s latest album, Outliers, featuring new works from American composers, inspires the playlist for Wednesday’s concert at DePauw, which will also include Armenian folk music, Piazzolla, Barber and Radiohead.

Highlights of recent seasons have encompassed performances in 41 states and counting, from the Library of Congress and St. Paul (MN)’s Schubert Club to Anchorage (AK) Concert Association and Sun Valley (ID) Center for the Arts as well as concerts in their home of New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and National Sawdust. In addition to their own groundbreaking, portable music festival Forward Festival, SYBARITE5 has appeared at Ravinia, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Wolf Trap Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Music in the Mountains, among many others. International appearances include Canada’s Tuckamore Music Festival, the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina, and the Osaka International Competition and Festa. SYBARITE5 was the Classical Contemporary Artist selected for the prestigious 2015/16 Mid Atlantic Arts Tour funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was appointed to the New Music USA’s Impact Fund Cohort in 2016. The group was also awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize from Concert Artists Guild.

In 2015, the quintet gave the shared world premiere of BEATBOX — the very first concerto for string quintet and orchestra — written by acclaimed American composer Dan Visconti. The commissioning orchestras included Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (MN), South Carolina Philharmonic and the Midland Symphony (MI).

From Elgar to Radiohead and Visconti, SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning major heads throughout the music world: “…in a program of serial high points,” wrote chief music critic Anne Midgette for The Washington Post, "there were too many to mention.”  

General public: $20
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.

Photo credit: Brian Braun
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