Review: Sybarite5 | The Cliburn | Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (TheaterJones)

Crossover Quintet

The string quartet Sybarite5 plays what turns out to be the final Cliburn Sessions at the soon-to-close Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge.

published Sunday, March 12, 2017

Photo: Brian David Braun


Fort Worth — 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 week’s announcement that The Live Oak will close at the end of April, however, this partnership comes to an end.

Thursday’s 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: Elgar’s Elegy, some Armenian folk songs, a Piazzolla tango, some Radiohead. (The ensemble has recorded an all-Radiohead album.)

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