Survey Sybarite The Cliburn Live Oak Music Hall Lounge TheaterJones Performing Arts News

“Photo: Brian David Braun Sybarite5
Fort Worth u2014 For the past few seasons, The Cliburn has presented a couple of shows a year at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. It has been great opportunity to hear crossover music in a casual, jazz-club-like atmosphere, in a series called the Cliburn Sessions. With this weeku2019s a
ouncement that The Live Oak will close at the end of April, however, this partnership comes to an end.
Thursdayu2019s return engagement by Sybarite5, a string quintet, was thus the last of the Sessions concerts to be held at The Live Oak. Sybarite5, comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins, Angela Pickett, viola, Laura Metcalf, cello, and Louis Levitt, bass, last visited Fort Worth, and The Live Oak, a bit over two years ago. On their return, there was considerable overlap with the repertoire they performed on their prior visit: Elgaru2019s Elegy, some Armenian folk songs, a Piazzolla tango, some Radiohead. (The ensemble has recorded an all-Radiohead album.)
As before, they a
ounced all works from the stage, but posted a set list on their website (for which this critic is grateful). Highlights that were new to this yearu2019s program included two wi
ers of a composition contest in which composers wrote works specifically for Sybarite5. These included Steven Snowdenu2019s u201cTraveler 65,u201d inspired by, as the quintet a
ounced, u201ca chimpanzee in space.u201d (Presumably this is Ham, a chimp sent into space by NASA in 1961. He has his own Wikipedia page.) Snowdenu2019s piece used a variety of extended techniques to replicate, evidently, the anxiety of Hamu2019s experience. These included lots of Bartu00f3k pizzicato, in which the strings are snapped, and mutes made from crumpled aluminum foil, which create a decidedly unpleasant hiss and pop.”

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