Renowned composer Dan Visconti, who has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and frequently with SYBARITE5, is writing the work which will feature the group as both an ensemble and soloists. His inspiration is America’s rich heritage of folk and vernacular styles.
The work will premiere in Spring 2015 with commissioning partners including the Duluth-Superior Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Midland Symphony and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. It will be available for local premieres worldwide starting in November 2015.
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BEATBOX : CONCERTO FOR STRING QUINTET & ORCHESTRA
Dan Visconti’s new concerto for SYBARITE5 will be a journey across a varied musical landscape colored by lyricism, directness of expression and rhythmic drive. The piece will reflect the energy and free-wheeling spirit of improvisation and is sure to end in a bang. It will show of SYBARITE5 both as a unit and through emphasis on individual solo playing, with the orchestra’s back-beat propelling the work forward. A rich palette of timbres and special playing technique will infuse the music with the raw, virtuoisic character of improvised styles. Above all, the audience will be drawn in with a work that is fresh, accessible and relevant.
Instrumentation: Double winds (with standard doubling), 2 percussion and strings (chamber orchestra arrangement also available)
“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. 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.
Dan Visconti’s music has been commissioned by ensembles including the Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, London’s Barbican Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. His compositions have been honored with the Rome Prize and Berlin Prize fellowships, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, the International Barlow Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize; awards from BMI and ASCAP, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Naumburg Foundation; and grants from the Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, and Chamber Music America. He has also been the recipient of artist fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Copland House, the Lucas Artists Program at Villa Montalvo, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Recordings of his music are available from Bridge Records, Naxos and Fleur de Son Classics. Visconti is a member of BMI and currently serves as artistic director of the VERGE Ensemble.