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Lensic: The 5 Browns Classical Piano Ensemble

on October 24, 2017 - 1:39pm
THE LENSIC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Lensic presents The 5 Browns in a concert of classical piano music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe.
 
These five Julliard-trained pianist siblings have but one mission: waking up classical music by introducing it to the wildest, largest, most excited audience they can find.
 
With complex five-piano arrangements (playing on a total of 440 keys!), the 5 Browns—Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae—reveal a deep connection to the music while bringing fresh energy and character to their sound.
 
About The 5 Browns
 
Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae Brown attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002, when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released three CDs that each went to Number One on Billboard’s Classical Album chart.
 
The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years . . . When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.
 
The 5 Browns tour extensively and have performed in numerous venues, including Grand National Theater in China, Suntory Hall in Japan, and, in the United States, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Symphony Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Individually and collaboratively, they have soloed with orchestras around the world, including the Saint Louis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
 
A highlight for the quintet was a commissioned five-piano concerto written by famed composer Nico Mühly. Under the direction of Maestro James Conlon, the concerto premiered in 2011 at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
 
The 2017/18 season will include the release of their seventh album with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, which in addition to musical favorites from their childhood will also feature an illustrated book by New York Times best-selling author Liesl Shurtliff.
 
 
Tickets: $29-$59. Available at Lensic.org, 505.988.1234, or the Lensic’s Tickets Santa Fe Box Office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

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