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The 5 Browns celebrate the majesty of Russia

2/20/2012
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5 Browns photo by Andrew Southam
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Contact: Kim Williams Laura Kratt
Communication Writer Director of Cultural Events
704-233-8320 704-233-8302
k.williams@wingate.edu l.kratt@wingate.edu

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University’s Batte Center will host an evening of Russian piano music with The 5 Browns on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound. Their program will feature works by Russian masters including:
Flight of the Bumblebee Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 30 Alexander Scriabin
Rondo alla Turca Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mephisto Waltz No. 1, for Two Pianos
Franz Liszt
The Rite of Spring: Part One
Igor Stravinsky
Variation 18 from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninov
Sonata no. 3 in A Minor, Op.28 Sergei Prokofiev
Atonement Dario Marianelli
Concert Etudes Op. 40 Nikolai Kapustin
Valse and Romance, for 6 hands Sergei Rachmaninoff
Danse Macabre Camille Saint-Saens

The youthful, all-American quintet of Utah siblings all studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music and each is a virtuoso concert pianist. The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in Feb. 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released three CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed, “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.”
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Tickets are $35 and on sale via the Batte Center box office, www.battecenter.org, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as membership information call 704-233-8300.

This performance of The 5 Browns is supported in part by WDAV and is part of the inaugural Ulysses Festival celebrating the Majesty of Russia. Ulysses: Charlotte's New Spring Festival of the Arts is a month-long, innovative addition to the rich Carolinas arts landscape. In collaboration with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, N.C. Dance Theatre, Opera Carolina, Wingate University, Bechtler Museum, Levine Museum of the New South and the Light Factory, Ulysses will unify and celebrate the arts community in an unprecedented fashion during the month of March.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in McGee Theatre, the Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.



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