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5 Browns


The 5 Browns -- Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae -- are back with Browns In Blue, an all-new album of romantic and jazz-inspired piano music drawn from a wide variety of sources and performed with the sublime virtuosity that propelled these brothers and sisters to the top of the nation's classical music charts with two previous albums: The 5 Browns (8 weeks at #1 on the 2005 Billboard Classical Chart and No Boundaries (21 weeks at #1-2006). One of the year's most eagerly-awaited classical releases, Browns In Blue will be available October 2.

With Browns In Blue, The 5 Browns extend their individual and collective mastery of the piano and their command of classical repertoire through a series of emotionally complex interpretations of works ranging from the romantic tonalities of Rachmaninoff (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,18th Variation), Chopin (Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48), Debussy (Clair de lune), and Saint-Saëns (Carnival of the Animals: “The Swan” and “Aquarium,” featuring violin virtuoso Gil Shaham) to the jazz-influenced contemporary masterpieces of Gershwin (“Embraceable You” and from An American In Paris “Home Blues”) with special guest performance by trumpeter Chris Botti) and W.C. Handy (“Aunt Hagar's Blues”) to the fiery dynamics of Piazzolla (Tango) and the brooding smoldering passion of Brahms (Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2). Included as a special bonus track is the newly recorded “Everybody Loves Somebody” featuring the vocals of Dean Martin.

The 5 Browns round out Browns In Blue with the newly-commissioned five-piano piece, John Novacek's folk-inspired Reflections on Shenandoah.

Browns In Blue finds The 5 Browns moving beyond No Boundaries as the gifted young pianists uncover the pure and vital emotional melancholy of the “blue” moods, inherent in a wide variety of classical and classically-based music.

Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to their material while bringing a fresh energy and presentation of the music to their audiences. Their goal is a simple one: to share their love of classical music with people everywhere—and especially younger audiences who have never been exposed to classical music.

The 5 Browns caught their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and recognized them as the first quintet of siblings to study simultaneously as the prestigious Juilliard School. Around the same time, and before they actually had a record deal, they were becoming a sensation with 60 Minutes and the Oprah television shows featuring their unique virtuosity.

Their popular and critical success grew with the release of their debut album, The 5 Browns, in 2005. “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years,” proclaimed the New York Post, promising that “When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they'll make you forget about Marshall amps.”

Playing in schools and civic auditoriums, as well as at traditional concert venues, Utah's 5 Browns became an all-American story with broadcast appearances on many television shows. They were just as likely to be seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View, as Public Radio's highly rated classical show, Performance Today. The quintet garnered extensive print coverage across the board--from The New York Times, to USA Weekend, from Billboard, to The Sunday London Telegraph, The LA Times and Entertainment Weekly who hailed them as five young Mormons who all play scorching piano. Thundering down on five Steinways together, they're button-down cute and somewhat otherworldly.”

Their next release, 2006's No Boundaries, solidified the quintet's reputation as the new champions of classical music, spending 20 consecutive weeks as the nation's #1 classical album which garnered invitations from Entertainment Tonight and The Martha Stewart Show.

Steinway Artists since February 2005, the 5 Browns have performed across 50 states as well as the music capitals of Europe and Asia.

“Send them out to schools from shore to shore, with piano teachers on hand to sign up students afterward and the future of classical music will look a lot brighter,” wrote the Dallas Morning News: “The 5 Browns proved that classical music can reach teens and twenty-somethings on their own ground, but without posturing or cheapening the product.”

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