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Stringing Along

Sybarite5 brings unique blend of music as Wittenberg Series continues

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University will welcome Sybarite5 for a concert as part of the 2016-17 Wittenberg Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in historic Weaver Chapel.

Playing everything from Mozart to Radiohead, the string quintet has  performed on the CBS Early Show and for the Dalai Lama. Originally formed at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Sybarite5, the first string quintet to be selected as winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, combines a variety of musical disciplines ranging from classical works to contemporary rock.

Featuring Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violin, Angela Pickett on viola, Laura Metcalf on cello, and Louis Levitt on bass, Sybarite5 is known for its dynamic performance style and eclectic spin on chamber music.

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

In 2011, the quintet was awarded the top prize at the Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York. Most recently, the American Composers Forum commissioned the quintet, one of three selected composers, to write new works that will tour in 2016-2017. Sybarite5's latest album, Outliers, will be released later this year.

The ensemble is now based in New York City and maintains a residency at the Cell Theatre.

Now in its 34th year, the Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, request a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Lisa Watson at All Wittenberg Series events are free and open to the public.

Additional 2016-17 Wittenberg Series Events:

  • Friday, Dec. 9: Lessons and Carols, 7:30 p.m. (Pre-service at 7 p.m.), Weaver Chapel.
  • Monday, Jan. 16, 2017: Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, 11:15 a.m., Weaver Chapel featuring Dorothy Tillman, Civil Rights Activist and former Chicago Alderman.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017: Concert with Goldstein, Peled, Fiterstein Trio, 7:30 p.m., Weaver Chapel.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017: - IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences, 7:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium featuring Valentina Salapura, IBM.
  • Friday, March 31, 2017: William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium featuring Michael Blakey.
Cindy Holbrook
Cindy Holbrook
Senior Communications Assistant

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A nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wittenberg University has repeatedly been ranked throughout the years by the Princeton Review for the quality of its teaching and faculty, including 11th in the nation for "Best Classroom Experience" and 15th in the category "Professors Get High Marks" in the 2011 edition of Princeton's annual Best Colleges guide. Most recently, Wittenberg earned the No. 4 spot in the category of "Most Accessible Professors." Wittenberg appeared in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges in 2013 and again in 2015. Additionally, Wittenberg currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state, and has been recognized nationally for excellence in service and athletics.

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