Quintet of Youthful Pianists Opens Denison's Vail Series
Posted: September 12, 2006
Notice to the Public:Because of strong student interest in The 5 Browns concert (Sept. 15), there are no tickets for this event remaining for distribution to the general public.
The 5 Browns, a youthful quintet of brothers and sisters, will bring their talents and their pianos to the Denison campus as the University's 2006-2007 Vail Series opens at 8 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 15) in Swasey Chapel.For information on the availability and purchasing instructions for general admission tickets at $15 each, visit the Vail concert line at 740-587-6557 or the Web site at Vail Series
The siblings, natives of Utah, honed their keyboard talents at the Juilliard School in New York City. It was the first time that five siblings were ever accepted simultaneously as students at the school and the entire family moved -- with five pianos -- from Utah to New York. Desirae, 27, Deondra, 25, Gregory, 23, Melody, 21, and Ryan, 20, have now decided to cast their lot together as a unique quintet of classical pianists, performing on five pianos and in various ensemble combinations. Hailed by the New York Post last year as "the biggest classical music sensation in years," The 5 Browns released their first album last year. Their latest, "No Boundaries," includes the music of Gershwin, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Copland.
For the Vail concert, they will open with all five playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Other works that will bring them all on stage are "Simple Gifts' and "Going Home" by Copland and Dvorak, "Scenes from Westside Story" by Bernstein and "The Firebird" by Stravinsky. Various solo and ensemble groupings of the siblings will play Ravel's "Feria" from "Rapsodie espagnole," Ginastera's "Danzas argentines, Op.2," and Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" among other works.
The 5 Browns were on the 2003 Vail Series program, but a fierce winter blizzard cancelled flights and only Desirae and Deondra were able to make it to. Each of the Brown's has developed a personal style of playing. "Time for Kids" wrote that "Gregory's style is aggressive. Melody's is graceful. Ryan's bursts with energy and personality. Desirae and Deondra play many of the duets ... Deondra's style is intense and rhythmic, while Desirae's is more delicate."
Each of the Browns has made a debut with a major symphony orchestra by age 9. They have appeared on television program such as The View, Entertainment Tonight, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, and Martha, and have been profiled in The New York Times, People, the Los Angeles Times, Gramophone and the Sunday London Times.
The Vail Series is part of the Vail endowment, established in 1979, to enrich the artistic experience of all Denisonians. Dedicated to the memory of 1946 Denison alumna Jeanne Vail by Mary and Foster McGaw, her mother and stepfather, the endowment supports a wide range of fine arts residencies at Denison in addition to the Vail Serics. Jeanne's late brother, James D. Vail III, and now his widow, Margaret Vail, have continued the legacy of support in the arts at Denison.
Other artists gracing the Swasey stage during the 2006-2007 Vail Series season include the Bronfman-MÃ¸rk-Shaham chamber music trio on Friday, October 27; pianist Yuja Wang on Friday, February 9; and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with alto Luciana Souza on Sunday, April 1.
For more information about the Vail Series, visit the Vail Web site at Vail Series
For more information about The 5 Browns, visit their Web site at www.the5browns.com
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- The Vail Series presents The 5 Browns, a quintet of sibling concert pianists; 8 p.m., Friday (Sept. 15), Swasey Chapel (100 Chapel Drive). A limited number of tickets may be available at $15 per person. Contact the Vail concert line at 740-587-6557 for updated information on ticket availability and purchasing instructions. Call 740-587-6266 to confirm information contained in this release.
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