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In a program of serial high points, there were too many to mention...An intriguing and hugely enjoyable evening in every way — and a standout in the Washington Performing Arts Society’s fine winter season.
— 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...”  That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, classical music’s most dynamic new music group.  Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. 

SYBARITE5’s 2016-2017 season starts with a summer tour across the United States including appearances at Wolf Trap, Music in the Mountains, Fontana Chamber Arts, Miami's Community Arts Program and culminating with a performance of their latest commissioning project, Look Back/Move Forward, at the Interlochen Arts Festival. In the 2016-2017 season the group will be seen in performances and residencies at series including Cliburn Sessions, Arts Tucson, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Wittenberg Series, Ohio University Performing Arts, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Cornell College, Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts, Pittsburg State University, Binghamton Philharmonic and at the cell in New York City. The group will serve as the resident ensemble for Wolf Trap Opera’s “Studio Spotlight” as well as for On Site Opera in New York City. A feature of their season is their newest project titled “OUTLIERS” featuring works written by some of today’s hottest composers including Shawn Conley, Jessica Meyer, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Michael Gilbertson. An album by the same name will be released in the fall of 2016. With their dynamic view on 21st-century entrepreneurial musicianship, the group will conduct residencies and workshops at major institutions and conservatories including the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory among others. SYBARITE5 will serve as the resident ensemble for the American Composers Forum International Competition in the fall of 2016 to be held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.