Welcome to day two of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week. We’re just getting started in our exploration of musicians who live in both the traditional classical music world and the world of modern music.
Sybarite5 is our featured ensemble today. They are a string quintet who play traditional classical, modern classical, and reinvent modern pop music for their ensemble. Sometimes they even weave traditional classical music in their modern pop reinventions!
The word "sybarite" means a person devoted to luxury or pleasure. Sybarite5 says they purposefully choose music that they will enjoy playing the first - and thousandth! - time they perform it.
Today, we'll hear their version of "No Surprises" by the rock group Radiohead. Sybarite5 enjoyed the music of Radiohead so much, they made a whole album of their music, "Everything in its Right Place."
Here's today's Kids Commute:
In this video, Sybarite5 reinvents "Take On Me" by the 1980's group A-Ha:
Did you catch their reference to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee?" Here's the original if you're unfamiliar with it: