The 5 Browns
Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae
Classical Music's Irresistible Piano Virtuosos Make Their Los Angeles Debut Celebrating July 4 at The Rose Bowl in Concert With The Pasadena Pops & Conductor Rachael Worby an Event To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation
May 31, 2006
With their new RCA Red Seal album No Boundaries topping the Billboard charts at No. 1, "the new champions of classical music" - The 5 Browns - will join the Pasadena Pops on July 4 for "AmericaFest," a holiday celebration at the Rose Bowl, capped by Southern California's biggest fireworks show. Performing on five Steinway grand pianos as a quintet, The 5 Browns will be the featured soloists as well as joined by The Pasadena Pops in selections of favorite American music. The critically acclaimed conductor Rachael Worby will be on the podium for this 80th annual event, which is presented in partnership with Charter Communications and benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
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A portion of the funds raised that evening will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music programs in cities across the country and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation purchases new musical instruments to restore music education programs that have been cut due to budget reductions in the past or to save programs at risk of elimination due to lack of instruments. Since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided more than $30 million worth of new musical instruments to restore music programs in over 1,200 public schools in 80 cities, affecting the lives of more than 700,000 children. The concert and fireworks will celebrate the mission of The Foundation and will conclude a full day and evening filled with family-oriented activities, food, entertainment and music heralding the joy, history and patriotism of the day.
With No Boundaries repeating the chart-topping success of their first, self-titled album, The 5 Browns - a family of Juilliard-trained piano virtuosos - continue to impress audiences and critics on their current U.S. tour. They are committed to bringing classical music to the widest possible audience, especially young people, and they perform to SRO crowds everywhere they go.
"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," the Dallas Morning News wrote of The 5 Browns, after they appeared in concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra shortly after the release of their new recording. "The 5 Browns proved that classical music can reach teens and twenty-somethings on their own ground, but without posturing or cheapening the product."
With a title that expresses everything the Browns feel about classical music and its potential to reach younger and hipper audiences, No Boundaries showcases their brilliance as they perform as a quintet of pianos as well as the individual talents of Ryan, 20 years old; Melody, 21; Gregory, 23; Deondra, 25; and Desirae, 27. They have been an all-American success story since the release of their debut album last year. The brothers and sisters, all from Utah, moved to New York to study at the Juilliard School of Music, all at the same time - a first at the prestigious, century-old school.
The result was an irresistible story that led to their appearance on such TV shows as Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, NBC's Weekend Today, 60 Minutes and National Public Radio's prestigious classical show Performance Today. They have also graced the pages of The New York Times, Gramophone, People, Parade, USA Weekend, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine for Kids, Chicago Tribune, Billboard, New York Post and Los Angeles Times.
A mix of classical works both familiar and rare, No Boundaries has been released as both a DualDisc and a CD. DualDisc combines audio and video content on a two-sided disc, and No Boundaries features music videos of The 5 Browns performing three tracks from the album. The videos were shot outdoors in Utah, with the Browns' five black Steinways in dramatic contrast to the snow-white surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats, framed by a beautiful setting of purple mountains in the distance and a pink desert horizon at sunset.
The 5 Browns' critically acclaimed debut recording spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart last year and even notched a place in the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release. On their current tour, fully one-third of the audiences are the same age as the Browns or younger, and they also include classical music lovers and new classical concert fans.
The 5 Browns have recently appeared on TV shows such as Martha Stewart's Martha, Entertainment Tonight, The View, The Tony Danza Show, A&E's Breakfast With The Arts and on July 15th on NBC's Weekend Today. Extensive coverage in print has included articles in Elle Girl, Readers Digest, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine for Kids, Cosmo Girl, Teen and Keyboard, as well as with the Associated Press. The Browns will also be featured on Sirius Satellite Radio's Martha Stewart Living ... with much more to come.
The 5 Browns are exclusive Steinway artists. For more information, go to http://www.the5browns.com/. THE 5 BROWNS WILL BE IN LOS ANGELES FOR TWO FULL PRESS DAYS MONDAY, JUNE 26 and TUESDAY, JUNE 27
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