March 18, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

Contemporary classical quintet Sybarite5 will perform on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Sybarite5 — Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violin, Angela Pickett on viola, Laura Metcalf on cello and Louis Levitt on bass — is the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60-year history.

From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5's eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. The Sarasota Herald Tribune says, "Their rock star status ... is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all-out passionate attack transfixes the audience ... "

The Quintet's debut EP disc Disturb the Silence, featuring music by Radiohead and Piazzolla, plus two original works written for Sybarite5, was released in spring 2011 and quickly reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts. The group's follow-up CD, Everything in its Right Place, is a continuation of the Radiohead Remixed Project and was released in November 2012 on the CAG Records label.

The group visits 16 states and the US Virgin Islands during the 2013-14 season. Recent performance highlights include Sybarite5's Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on the CAG series, Library of Congress, Aspen Music Festival, UC San Diego, University of Arizona, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, University of Nevada/Reno, and in New York at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, Tishman Auditorium and Bohemian National Hall. The group also has performed on the CBS Early Show and for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Formed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sybarite5 was the first string quintet admitted to the Aspen Advanced String Quartet Studies program. Ongoing programs include the Radiohead Remixed Project, The Shuffle Effect and New Music IDOL (featuring a series of short newly commissioned works by student composers, in collaboration with university composition departments). Sybarite5 was awarded the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2011 CAG Competition.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for non-Bucknell college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series will be a performance by Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion on Friday, April 11, at the Weis Center. His consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India's reigning cultural ambassadors. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, and $10 for non-Bucknell college students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or facebook.com/WeisCenter

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