Described as the “rock stars” of chamber music and “the millennial Kronos,” the eclectic group performing at the McDonnell Theater

Jul 29, 2023

The July 29 SYBARITE5 concert has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.


ArtYard and the Frenchtown Bookshop are excited to announce that SYBARITE5, a genre-defying group of young and passionate virtuosi whose program ranges from Rachmaninoff to Radiohead, will be appearing in concert at 8 PM on Saturday, July 29 at ArtYard’s McDonnell Theater.

It is not commonplace that the terms “rock stars” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) or “progressive and passionate” (Audiophile) are used to describe a chamber quintet. But, SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new chamber group, deserve that praise.

These five standout classical musicians — Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass — “possess virtuosic talent and a risk-taking and original vision” (Audiophile). They resist categories, “juxtaposing the likes of Stravinsky with Radiohead, or Dvorák with Led Zeppelin. But that doesn’t even begin to describe the range of their eclecticism or the depth of their repertoire.” (Strings Magazine). That repertoire includes music rooted in classical, avant-garde, rock, jazz, and tango, to name a few.

SYBARITE5 was the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. They haven’t stopped exploring and expanding since then. They’ve performed in 41 states, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, and Chautauqua. Their latest album is devoted to new American composers. And, in addition to presenting masterclasses and workshops to more than 25,000 students around the country, they run a hands-on composing class for college students at several universities, calling it, “So You Think You Can Compose!”

The group’s goal is “to create unique, dynamic, and intoxicating concert experiences.” Or, as The Observer put it, “they are classically trained to rock your socks off.”

Tickets are $35 and doors open a half hour before the concert starts. For McDonnell Theater policies, please review our FAQs.

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