Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The 5 Browns Exude Piano Virtuosity

Repeat post first published in May of 2017.
This Friday night in Houston at Jones Hall is a concert, I so wish the fetching Mrs. B and I could attend but will be unable to, "The Five Browns."  They are amazing virtuoso pianists who I knew when they were pre-teens and teenagers, as they had the same great classical music piano teacher when they were in Houston, that my daughter, Ebony had - Yelena Kurinets.  In fact, at different times one or two of the Browns would have their lesson with Mrs. Kurinets right before or after my daughter had her lesson [that I was required to attend to take notes]. 

Even at that young age, from concerts, recitals, and competition, I knew every one of the Browns were destined to be stars as pianists. The five Brown siblings are made up of three sisters, Deondra, Desirae, and Melody; and two brothers, Ryan and Gregory.  Besides being great pianists, I know them to be loving siblings and just good caring people.  I am so proud of them to see their awesome accomplishments already at a still young age.

The 5 Browns: Melody, Gregory, Desirae, Deondra & Ryan
This from the Society of Performing Arts of Houston web site:  "Five siblings, all under the age of 40, with one mission: waking up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest, most excited audience they can find. Whether that means performing individually or, most famously, together with complex five-piano arrangements, the 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the music while bringing fresh energy and character to their sound. The 5 Browns—Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae—all attended New York’s Juilliard School, and have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “60 Minutes,” along with countless other TV shows and publications.  With roots right here in Houston, all five siblings attended Memorial High School. The 5 Browns have toured extensively all over the world, from the Grand National Theater in China to the Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and will bring their reinvigorated style of classical music to Jones Hall."

Please check out The Five Browns web page here.

From the 5 Browns You-Tube page that you should check out, 

The 5 Browns In Concert: Preview: PBS:

Star Wars [Ending Credits Theme] for 5 pianos:

Nikolai Rimsky-Koraskov:The Flight of the Bumble Bee:

I feel honored and blessed to have seen the "Five Browns" at various times when my daughter was taking piano lessons many, many years ago.  I wish every blessing and the best to them all!

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