Sarah has created an eclectic program of solo violin repertoire that pushes the boundaries of the violin and takes the audience on a creative and unforgettable journey. Violin for One explores both the traditions and versatility of the violin through many genres including classical, contemporary, jazz, tango and recent compositions for violin and loop pedal. Composers include Corigliano, Bach, Piazzolla, Bloch, Jessica Meyer, Mark Summer and arrangements by Sarah herself!
BEYOND the NOTES, a concept Sarah brought to life 5 years ago, is a unique and interactive concert experience that gives the audience a chance to get to know the performers beyond what can be read in their bios. In addition to presenting some of today’s most sought after musicians, BEYOND the NOTES invites audience members to participate in the concert by submitting written questions. Questions are selected randomly and answered live on stage by the performers throughout the concert. The series is rooted in the Boston-area but has expanded in recent years to present performances throughout North America.
Sarah is a violinist in the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, one of the fastest-rising chamber-music ensembles in the United States. Recognized internationally for changing the perceptions of chamber music, SYBARITE5 is the first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. From Elgar to Radiohead and Visconti to Akiho, SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire and commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world: “…in a program of serial high points, there were too many to mention” (The Washington Post). SYBARITE5, whose most recent album - 'Outliers' - reached #1 on the Classical Billboard Charts, has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Grand Teton and Ravinia Festivals, and on the CBS Early Show.
SEEING DOUBLE is a unique concert of all duo violin music, proving that the music of two violins can be much more than the sum of their parts! The audience will be taken on a journey from Baroque to Jazz, with compositions by Telemann, Mozart, Halvorsen, Bartok, Prokofiev, Martinu, Rosza, Sarasate, and O'Connor, just to name a few!
Longtime best friends, Sarah Whitney and Julia Salerno began performing duo violin concerts while studying together at the University of Michigan. Though currently residing on opposite coasts, Julia as violin/viola professor at Eastern Washington University and Sarah as a violinist in the NYC based quintet Sybarite5, the concerts have continued over the past decade. This extraordinary opportunity to hear these friends in concert is not to be missed.