Sybarite 5: String Quintet Bends the Rules

Posted on 3/3/2014 10:29:54 AM

For its next event on the Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host Sybarite5, the first string quintet to be selected as winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Melding a variety of musical disciplines ranging from classical works to contemporary rock, this unique group of young artists will perform at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.

From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5 offers an eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style.  Beginning the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on a ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, Sybarite5 continues to expand the perception of chamber music performance.

Originally formed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sybarite5 was the first string quintet admitted to the Aspen Advanced String Quartet Studies program, where they worked with Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet, bassist Edgar Meyer, and the Cavani, American, and Ying quartets. Currently, they continue their tenure at the Aspen Music Festival in a new capacity as its Alumni Ensemble.

Recent performance highlights include the Library of Congress and in New York at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, Tishman Auditorium, and Bohemian National Hall. Through its Alternative Venues Initiative, the quintet has also performed at such diverse locations as Galapagos Artspace, the Apple Store, the Core Club, and the Cutting Room. The group has also performed on the CBS Early Show and for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tickets for this March 11 event are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at They can also be purchased by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.  Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door starting 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $20 for regular admission, $16 for senior citizens and groups of 15 ore more, and $12 for students and children.

Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually. More information on this and other events within the Lively Arts is available by calling (724) 357-2787.

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association.




March 11, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world.

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For more information, visit Sybarite5, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.