The 5 Browns, the first family of five siblings ever to be simultaneously accepted to New York’s prestigious Julliard, will perform Monday, Feb. 9, at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices and online at ticketmaster.com.
Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns always reveal a deep connection with their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound. The quintet – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – first enjoyed critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five.” They made appearances on “Oprah” and “60 Minutes” during this same time frame.
“One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years,” proclaims The New York Post. “When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make your forget about Marshall [the British company that manufactures music amplifiers] amps.”
The 5 Browns have released three CDs that each went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Album Chart. They have performed in numerous venues, including the Grand National Theatre in China, Suntory Hall in Japan, and – in the United States – The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Symphony Hall in Chicago and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The group was also featured in the PBS TV special “The 5 Browns in Concert.”
Famed composer Nico Muhly commissioned a five-piano concerto specifically for The 5 Browns. The concerto, under the direction of Maestro James Conlon, premiered in 2011 at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The 5 Browns’ latest album “The Right of Spring: Live from Arthur Zankel Music Center” features a live concert recording of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. The quintet was recently featured on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” “Fox and Friends” and Hallmark’s “Home & Family.”
Tickets for the Feb. 9 concert range from $35 to $60, depending on location. WVU Student tickets are available for $28 at the campus box offices with a valid Mountaineer Card. Some restrictions apply. WVU Student discounts are limited to one per valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
The 5 Browns’ concert is part of the University Arts Series produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. Stay connected with the latest event updates through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.
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