To our wonderful audiences for coming out and supporting us year after year, to our performing artists for their boundless energy and talent, and to our donors and foundations, without whom we couldn’t present such high-quality concerts at no cost to our audiences.


portraits of the members of sybarite5

Nolan Park

1:00PM & 3:00PM

Sep 10, 2022


Rite of Summer does not require tickets or reservations.

Ticket reservations are recommended for the Governors Island ferry. Please note that masks continue to be required while boarding, riding, and disembarking. View the schedule, get more information, and reserve your tickets at


Sybarite5: The Revolve Tour


Sami Merdinian & Suliman Tekalli, violins
Caeli Smith, viola
Laura Andrade, cello
Louis Levitt, double bass

The Revolve Tour

Centered around Andy Akiho’s epic work Revolve from Sybarite5’s recent album Outliers that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Charts, the Revolve Tour explores how new perspectives can change perceptions. Expect to hear new works written exclusively for Sybarite5 by Jackson Greenberg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Pedro Giraudo, Jessica Meyer, and Shawn Conley, alongside music of the Punch Brothers, Komitas, Radiohead, and of course Andy Akiho’s Revolve, which brilliantly captures the upbeat excitement and motion of his New York neighborhood in music.

About Sybarite5

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“HYPER-ACCURATE YET FIERCELY VIVACIOUS” (i care if you listen), ”Smart as a fox” (Limelight Magazine), and more fascinating than a jar of lightning, SYBARITE5 is dazzling audiences around the world with their luxurious sound and unexpected programming.

Equal parts passion, grit, and musical ecstasy, Sybarite5 is an intoxicating cocktail of post-genre musical goodness expressed through the virtuosity of five accomplished musicians. This exciting quintet is constantly evolving, defying categorization, and has been keeping audiences on their toes for 10 years.

Always searching for new sounds and projects to bring to life, nothing is off limits. Their most recent album, OUTLIERS, consists entirely of new music written for them and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. Expect to see Sybarite5 collaborating with Iranian santoor player Ehsan Matoori, world percussionist and Silkroad co-artistic director Shane Shanahan, Hacked Theremins creator & composer Jakub Ciupinski, a troupe of burlesque dancers, or vocal chameleons Clarice Assad and Blythe Gaissert.

The group has performed in 44 states and counting, from the Library of Congress, (Washington DC) to Anchorage Concert Association, (Alaska) as well as concerts in Sybarite5’s home of New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, the Apple Store and a decade-long residency at Nancy Manocherian’s Cell Theatre. In addition to its own groundbreaking, portable music festival, Forward Festival, Sybarite5 has appeared at festivals including Ravinia, Caramoor, Wolf Trap, Grand Teton, Aspen, Interlochen, Chautauqua, and many others. International appearances include Canada’s Tuckamore Music Festival, the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina, and the Osaka Festa in Osaka, Japan.

Committed to community engagement and educational activities, Sybarite5 works with over 5000 students annually and is known for its engaging corporate presentations in entrepreneurship and communication.

Recently dubbed “the millennial Kronos” (Theater Jones), Sybarite5 is chamber music’s most dynamic ensemble taking listeners on a musical journey of staggering breadth and depth with new works by living composers, as well as the group’s favorite selections from Radiohead, Coltrane, Komitas, Piazzolla, and Pete Seeger… but as Strings Magazine says, “that doesn’t even begin to describe the range of their eclecticism or the depth of their repertoire.”

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, all concerts will be re-scheduled for the following day, Sunday at 1 and 3PM. Please check our website for this updated information. 


Don’t miss Sage Lacapa of The White Mountain Apache Tribe!

Head to Governors Island early and join us for Sage Lacapa of The White Mountain Apache Tribe programs, in collaboration with AICH, at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Sage Lacapa is a 19-year-old Native American singer-songwriter, who is currently in-residence at the American Indian Community House on Governors Island. He is, among other things, writing and working on a recording of original works.

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