Five Steinway grand pianos will make their way up to Brigham City from Daynes Music Company in Midvale for a concert featuring 50 fluttering fingers. The 5 Browns, a piano quintet consisting of five siblings, are circling the country while on tour. The musical family is booked for a Valentine’s Day stop at Box Elder High School Saturday, Feb. 14.
Deondra Brown is one of two siblings that still lives in Utah. She said it’s always an exciting occasion to congregate with the hometown crowd. This is the first time The 5 Browns will perform in Brigham City.
“We’re kind of excited to branch out and play somewhere other than the typical bigger cities in Utah,” she said, calling from a pre-show rehearsal in Lebanon, Illinois, the first stop on the tour.
“We’ve made a point over the years of trying to hit the rural areas as well as the big cities and make sure that people from all different parts of the country can hear and experience the wonderful things that classical music has to offer.”
Together in 11 seasons The 5 Browns have released six albums, the most recent being “The Rite of Spring,” recorded live in 2013. Gregory Brown said the crowd can expect the quintet to play that album as well as a mixture from the catalog.
“The five of us can agree that it’s our favorite piece to play right now,” Gregory Brown said of ‘The Rite of Spring. “It’s just crazy exciting and a really cool piece. I think the audience is really going to enjoy it, or at least I hope they will.”
He said the piano quintet will also play some more well-known pieces like “Rhapsody in Blue,” and maybe a little bit of “Flight of the Bumble Bee.” Due to the occasion, Gregory Brown said The 5 Browns may also play “Clair De Lune,” a classical piece composed by Claude Debussy that was inspired by a romantic poem of the same name.
The 5 Browns, Desirae Brown, Deondra Brown, Gregory Brown, Melody Brown and Ryan Brown, recently released an official music video for “Clair De Lune” that featured the three sisters playing a grand piano in The Crater at the The Homestead Resort in Midway.
Finding time for family
Deondra Brown said before each tour, the siblings will meet in the city a few days before the concert to rehearse, but mostly to catch up. If it wasn’t for the tours, the family would be lucky to see each other once a year due to busy schedules.
“We’re excited that we get to see each other as much as we do,” she said. “That’s one of the benefits of being able to perform together is that no matter where we all are we can congregate. … We all just really do genuinely enjoy hanging out together and playing this music together is just a bonus to being able to enjoy the time together.”
The 5 Browns weren’t necessarily raised in a musical family. Gregory Brown said their mother studied vocal performance in college, but their father doesn’t posses musical expertise. In order for all five siblings to get into famed music academy Juilliard, Gregory Brown said it took more than genetic talent.
“I think a lot of it is really just a lot of hard work and being really fortunate to have grown up with really good piano teachers,” he said, adding how he and some of the siblings teach piano on the side.
If their schedules line up this year, Deondra Brown said there was a possibility of the quintet recording a new album. She said the siblings are always thinking about the next CD project that could be released in 2016.
“It’s exciting to think that we would be recording our seventh CD together and in the meantime we have many videos that are going to be released over the course of this year so that’s something we are looking forward to expand our creativity that direction as well and continuing to perform in different places around the world,” she said.
Classical music lives on
The concert, to Deondra Brown’s delight, will feature her 4-year-old daughter. She said her daughter’s attendance symbolizes what the quintet is all about: sharing classical music with the next crop of future musicians.
“She’s at this age where she really gets excited about it and I kind of look at her as a miniature version of our goal as a group to continue to reach out to that younger generation and make that music exciting and puts them on a path of appreciating and enjoying classical music for the rest of their lives,” Deondra Brown said.
Gregory Brown agreed, and said classical music changed his life, and he doesn’t know who he would be without it.
“I feel like it helps me understand the world in which I live a lot better, and it helps me understand myself as a human being and how I fit in that world a lot better than I probably would if I didn’t have that music in my life,” he said. “I think it helps a young brain develop in a certain way that you can’t replicate in any other way. So we definitely feel like it’s part of our mission in life to pass this on to the next generation.”
When it comes to classical music, especially The 5 Browns concerts, Gregory Brown said the music is meant to be enjoyed by an audience of all ages. He said even those who don’t know much about classical music should come and hear how beautiful it sounds.
“A lot of people sometimes they get the wrong idea about what classical music is. I think they think it might be a old-person thing, or you have to really know a lot about the music to understand it,” he said. “And there’s all these etiquette rules, but I would just say throw all that out the window and just come and hear the music and have fun with it.”
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- WHO: The 5 Browns
- WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14
- WHERE: Box Elder High School, 380 S. 600 West, Brigham City
- TICKETS: $30; information, 435-734-4916; http://www.the5browns.com/event/brigham-city-ut/