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‘Fab 5’ returns to Williamsport

November 6, 2011
Staff reports , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Back in town by popular demand, the 5 Browns, dubbed the "Fab 5" by People magazine, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 330 Market St.

Tickets are still available for the performance, which is part of the Williamsport Community Concert Association series. The five-piano family quintet performed here in February 2010.

The 5 Browns are Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae, a Mormon family from Utah. Each sibling, at about 3 years old, showed a clear talent and interest in the piano. As early as age 9, each one had made their debut with a major symphony orchestra. When it became time for college, they were all accepted simultaneously at Julliard School of Music in New York. They were the first family of five to ever do so.

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The 5 Browns will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 330 Market St. For tickets, call 323-6012 or email wccatickets@gmail.com. The 5 Browns are Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae, a Mormon family from Utah. For more information about upcoming performances, visit www.lycoming.org/wcca.

The 5 Browns are exclusive Steinway artists and will bring five Steinway pianos to Williamsport for the concert. The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, the 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing in a fresh energy and dynamic character to their sound.

The 5 Browns have released three CDs, each of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Magazine Classical Album chart. They also are featured in the PBS special, "The 5 Browns in Concert," which is airing on PBS stations throughout the country. Other music highlights include the premiere of a new work of five pianos and orchestra composed by Nico Muhly. The 5 Browns premiered the work last summer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The program will include "Rondo alla Turca" by Mozart-Anderson; the "Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-Sharp," Op. 30, by Scriabin; "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin; "Etude de Concert," Op. 36, by MacDowell; "The Rite of Spring: Part One" by Stravinsky; the Marianelli "Atonement;" Lizst's "Mephisto Waltz No. 1" for two pianos; "Over the Rainbow: Fantasy for Five Pianos" arranged by Anderson; and Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre."

After the 5 Browns performance in November, the Williamsport Community Concert Association will present the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, the Tamburitzans at 7:30 p.m. March 25 and marimba-vibraphone artist Greg Giannascoli at 3 p.m. April 29.

The Williamsport Community Concert Association was formed in 1928 to bring to the Williamsport area great performances of vocal and instrumental music, drama and dance. For tickets, call 323-6012 or email wccatickets@gmail.com. For more information about upcoming performances, visit www.lycoming.org/wcca/.

 
 
 

 

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