OSWEGO — String quintet Sybarite 5 will bring its eras-bridging style to SUNY Oswego at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, at Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.
The group has taken audiences by storm across the U.S., helping change the perception of chamber music performance, event organizers said. Critics say that 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.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrote, “Their rock star status … is well-deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all-out passionate attack transfixes the audience.”
With a repertoire from Radiohead to Mozart, the quintet includes Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violin; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt on bass. Sybarite 5 is the first string quintet to win in the 60-year history of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Sybarite 5 is in the midst of an international tour, and Oswego owes its tour stop to a graduate school connection with pianist Robert Auler of the college’s music department. Auler will play host on Oct. 29, offering a preconcert talk at 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 ($5 for students), available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.
Parking is included in the price of a ticket, available in the employee and commuter lots across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. Patrons needing assistance should call 315-312-2141 in advance of the performance.