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Forward Festival is the world's first portable chamber music festival. Breaking boundaries this May 6-11, 2014.
Forward Festival is the world's first portable chamber music festival. Breaking boundaries in a city near you!
Forward Festival is the world's first portable chamber music festival. Breaking boundaries in a city near you!
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THE INITIATIVE

This May, Sybarite5 is on a mission to launch the world’s first portable chamber music festival, The Forward Festival.

The Forward Festival is simple by design but limitless in its scope and reach.  For our inaugural week of concerts, we will collaborate with the outstanding musicians of the Sarasota community to perform in venues across the city. The music will be fresh and accessible; the performances vital and surprising. Forward Festival will bring the whole community together to celebrate its inherent cultural richness during this week. We then plan to re-create the Forward Festival in cities and towns across the country and the world.

 THE PLAN

The first Forward Festival will take place in Sarasota, FL, where the group has deep roots. We have five concerts lined up, featuring world class artists in five different Sarasota venues. We will collaborate with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert, Sarasota Orchestra’s principal cellist and harpist Abe Feder and Cheryl Losey; Sarasota’s own renowned Chroma Quartet; acclaimed pianist Djordje Nesic; and versatile percussionist George Nickson. The concerts will take place all over Sarasota, from the Symphony Center to alternative art spaces like the HuB. The concerts will include music from Debussy to Radiohead and a world premiere by Andy Akiho. 

 THE SUPPORT

This is our most ambitious undertaking to date. We are truly creating something from the ground up; something we hope to see flourish for years to come and which will enable us to engage with communities previously unreached by classical or chamber music. But we can’t do it alone. There are huge expenses associated with creating a music festival, and we have already received some wonderful support, but we have a long way to go. The funds we hope to raise through this campaign will go towards the immediate cost of this year's festival. We need to rent venues, get insurance, pianos, music, cars, video equipment, as well as pay for travel, production costs, video, printing, ticketing, and other expenses...the list goes on and on! But you can help. Plus, your support will also help the larger mission of the Forward Festival: to help its presence evolve across the country and the world, and become something that is recognized as an innovative contribution to the artistic landscape of our time. Please consider being a part of this journey—and help us bring Forward Festival to your own backyard! 

WHO WE ARE:

Comprised of violinists Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violist Angela Pickett, cellist Laura Metcalf and bassist Louis Levitt, Sybarite5 is the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. The quintet has performed in 26 states, as well as Newfoundland Canada, and is traveling to Japan and Argentina in the coming months. Sybarite5 made its Carnegie Hall debut in Zankel Hall in 2012., and its debut EP Disturb the Silence reached the top ten on the Billboard Charts. The group also recently released an all-Radiohead album on the CAG Record label. Sybarite5 has received awards and accolades including the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Award, a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, and others.

 CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

“… expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.” -Arizona Daily Star

"Their rock star status...is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience, whether on Piotr Szewczyk’s “The Rebel” or Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes."
-The Sarasota Herald Tribune

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Risks and challenges

We are creating something new, so we recognize there will be some unforeseen challenges and obstacles. Luckily, this isn't our first rodeo; we've planned many concerts and events before!

We have a great production team, as well as a Sarasota-based "street team" provided by Sarasota Music Scene to help us with logistical issues in advance of the festival. We're confident that between our work and the work of the wonderful people helping us with this project, we'll be able to handle any unforeseen problems! Since we already have the venues, dates, and musicians secured, we don't anticipate any major disasters related to putting on this festival. We hope our biggest challenge after we launch will be deciding where to bring the Forward Festival next!

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    At $5 you'll get a free digital download of our chart topping EP Disturb the Silence!

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    The above + a digital download of our all-Radiohead album Everything In Its Right Place PLUS an unreleased Led Zeppelin cover Bonus Track!

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    All of the above + 2 VIP festival all access passes including festival gala finale in Sarasota, OR New York City benefit concert on April 16

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    All of the above + listing in festival brochure as Festival Sponsor AND a half-page color advertisement!

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    All of the above + an autographed first page of the score to our Radiohead sheet music or your favorite Sybarite5 tune – available only through Kickstarter!

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    All of the above + verbal recognition of your name via public address at every concert of the Festival as an official sponsor

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    All of the above + house concert by Sybarite5 in the New York City or Sarasota area! These darn rewards just keep on getting better!

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    All of the $1000 level perks + commission a piece from a leading composer to become the "anthem" of Forward Festival to be performed at all Forward Festivals in the future! WE ARE NOT KIDDING!

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    All of the $1,000 level perks + your name/logo listed on Forward Festival's website and all printed material PLUS exclusive onstage signage as lead sponsor of Forward Festival 2014. And we'll play a mini house concert for you. BOOM.

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