Hart Community Performing Arts Series welcomes SYBARITE5

November 9, 2017 GMT

The Hart Community Performing Arts Series will continue its 2017-2018 season Friday, November 17 when it presents SYBARITE5 at 7:30 pm in the Hart Public Schools Auditorium, located at 308 W. Johnson St. in Hart.

“Their rock star well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience...” described Sarasota Herald Tribune about SYBARITE5.

Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has performed for audiences all across the U.S., forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.

From the moment their bows hit the strings, these musicians take the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5 has an eclectic repertoire from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad combined with its commanding performance style.


The quintet’s debut album, Disturb the Silence, reached the top ten on the Billboard charts.

The group’s follow-up album, Everything in its Right Place, was released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim.

SYBARITE5 recently completed its latest album, Outliers, featuring all new works from American composers. It will be available in the 2017-2018 season.With their dynamic view on 21st-century entrepreneurial musicianship, the group has conducted their Evolution of an Entrepreneur residencies and workshops at major institutions and conservatories including the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.

SYBARITE5 was the ensemble for the 2016 American Composers Forum National Competition at (le) poisson rouge and maintains a residency at the cell in New York City. At the cell, SYBARITE5 is experimenting with new sounds and programming innovative with technology such as Jakub Ciupinski’s works for SYBARITE5 plus Hacked Theremins, and new global collaborations as a result of their work at the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop.Highlights of recent seasons have included performances in 43 states and counting, from the Library of Congress and St. Paul’s Schubert Club to Anchorage Concert Association and Sun Valley Center for the Arts, as well as concerts in their home of New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, the Apple Store and the 92nd Street Y.


In addition, SYBARITE5 has appeared at Ravinia, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Wolf Trap Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Music in the Mountains, Chautauqua Music Festival, Green Lake Music Festival, Look and Listen Festival and many others. International appearances include Canada’s Tuckamore Music Festival, the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina, and the Osaka Festa in Osaka, Japan.In 2018 SYBARITE5 will premiere a new version of their most popular touring program Everything in its Right Place with full orchestra. Recently the quintet gave the world premiere of BEATBOX–the very first concerto for string quintet and orchestra–written by acclaimed American composer Dan Visconti.A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Those wishing to be placed on a priority list for the opportunity to purchase those tickets on Friday evening should contact Tom Kirk at (231) 873-6270 or The Hart Community Performing Arts Series is supported by its many local patrons and sponsors.

Full sponsors for this season include The Pentwater Service Club, The Hart Rotary Club, The Hart Lions Club, David Roseman, Barbara Altland, Beverly Wood, Shelby State Bank & Gales Agency, Garry & Julie McKeen, Amy LaBarge & Ron Beeber, Jane Thocher O’Meara, Bob Childers & Jean Russell, Curt & Elizabeth Helgren, Dr. & Mrs. Peter G. Mason, Jo VanderWeele, West Shore Bank, Barry & Susan Monroe, and Dan & Laura Muirhead.