HILLSIDE – The Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will present the classical music phenomenon, The 5 Browns on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Dubbed by People Magazine as the “Fab Five,” Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae Brown became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to The Julliard School in New York.
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 find. 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 a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.
The quintet enjoyed a first wave of critical attention when they were featured in 2002 on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released three CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’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.”
The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Today, and The View to The Martha Stewart Show, Public Radio’s Performance Today, as well as The New York Times, Parade, People, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday London Telegraph and Entertainment Weekly, who called them “…five young Mormons who all play scorching piano. Thundering down on five Steinways together, they’re button-down cute and somewhat otherworldly.”
The 5 Browns tour extensively and have performed in numerous venues including the Grand National Theater 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.
In addition to touring, The 5 Browns are published writers. Their book, Life Between the Keys was published by Phoenix Books in March 2009. In the spring of 2010, their new CD “The 5 Browns… In Hollywood”, was released on the E1 Music label. They are also featured in a new PBS TV special, “The 5 Browns In Concert” that is airing on PBS stations throughout the country.
Tickets to The 5 Browns at Enlow Hall are $55 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 1-908-737-7469, online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu , or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office. Enlow Recital Hall is located at 215 North Avenue, Hillside.
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