Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • The five musicians sit in a row on a low street curb and look at the camera.
  • A male double bassist stands in the center of four sitting musicians as they play their stringed instruments.


7:30 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sybarite5, returning to Penn State after its remarkable State College debut in 2016, is always on the lookout for new tunes and composers speaking with unique and relevant voices. Outliers, the title of the string quintet’s concert program and its 2018 album, celebrates works written for the ensemble by the musicians’ favorite composers and friends they’ve made while traveling the world.

A reviewer for Limelight, Australia’s classical music and arts magazine, describes Outliers as “an addictive album of surprisingly cool string quintets. … Not only are they one of the few dedicated quintet line-ups out there, over the past twelve years they have almost single-handedly rejuvenated the repertoire, commissioning new works at a rate of half a dozen per annum, from some of the most interesting voices on the U.S. contemporary music scene.”

Sybarite5, the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, performs the music of Andy Akiho, William Brittelle of Future Shock, Kenji Bunch, Shawn Conley, Michael Gilbertson, Jessica Meyer, Marc Mellits, Brandon Ridenour, Steven Snowden, Dan Visconti, and Aleksandra Vrebalov. The “Millennial Kronos,” as the ensemble has been nicknamed, pairs those selections with Armenian folk music plus songs by Astor Piazzolla and Radiohead.

Formed at the Aspen Music Festival, the New York City-based quintet features violinists Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violist Angela Pickett, cellist Laura Metcalf, and bassist Louis Levitt.

The program selections will be announced from the stage.

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance.

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Adult $44
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $34

Tom and Mary Ellen Litzinger

support provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment


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Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Sybarite5

8:00 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students.

A $10 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

Due to inclement conditions, and University closure, the Classical Coffeehouse has been cancelled.

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Blue & White Society, the PSU Music Service Club, and the Penn State Coffee Club.

Sybarite5, a string quintet that engages the senses and redefines the rules, has been described as “classical music’s most dynamic new music group.”

Hear traditional and contemporary music in a casual atmosphere. Each coffeehouse includes a mini-performance, discussions among artists and audience members, and social time with the musicians and others in attendance.

Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages. Seating is limited. Standing room is available when seating is full. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.